As will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas once pointed out, sometimes you just gotta get that “boom, boom, boom.” Wise words from a wise man. And as far as we’re concerned, there’s nothing wrong with a little extra oomph when it comes to headphones — so long as it doesn’t hinder performance elsewhere. The best bass-heavy headphones on the market revel in that low-end thump, without sacrificing treble or mid-range clarity in order to achieve their desired amount of boom.
Though the brands on our list might not be as synonymous with bass as the infamous Beats by Dre lineup, they’ve likely poured more money into research and development than they have marketing — and the results are obvious from the first listen. Below are our favorite offerings that deliver rich bass, while also posting notable performance in the upper registers for excellent sound across the board.
Sennheiser is no stranger to high-end audio, and really, why should they be? The German company has been around since the final days of World War II, manufacturing a plethora of professional components that range from microphones to headphones. The Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 — which come in both a wired and wireless configuration — are just another notable addition to the company’s stellar lineup. And while they may not be wholly tailored around the rumble, these full-sized beauties match sparkling detail with a deeper punch down low than what you’ll get from more studio-centric offerings.
The resulting bass is firm and full, and yet they still manage to add some brilliant dimension to the mid and upper registers. The soundstage is vast in either configuration, and the Bluetooth version of the headphones also touts active noise cancellation. Moreover, the signature rounded cups (which collapse for portability in the latest version) along with the sleek matte finish add a touch of modernism to a classic build that’s as timeless as it is comfortable. Read our full review here.
RHA’s steely T10 (and T10i for iOS users) offer beauty inside and out. The headphones’ handmade dynamic drivers create an open sound signature that basks in a crystal-clear midrange and thick, ruddy bass. The stainless steel construction gives the T10 a more refined sense of style, too, while the bundled tuning filters allow you to tweak the resulting sound to fit your listening needs. Want to emphasis the bass response? Try the low-end filter. Want to bring the treble to the front of the mix? Switch to the high-end. Passive noise cancellation and comfort are just as remarkable given the contoured design of the earpieces, even if facets like the over-ear hooks can be a bit of a pain to put on. Read more here.
We’ll be the first to admit that the Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro Plus offers a look that leans more towards utility than style. The robust exterior is entirely customizable, though, allowing you to switch out the basic earcup plates, the black leatherette pads, and the headband for a variety of options designed to fit your personal style and taste. The tank-like pair of cans also offer pressure-free comfort and exceptional detail for the money — e.g. powerful low-end, a wide stereo image, first-rate timbre reproduction — with the option to attenuate or boost the low end via an intuitive bass control switch lining each earpiece. The model also features a removable, one-button remote cable with an integrated microphone that’s compatible with both Android and Apple devices. Bass lovers looking for a bargain will be hard pressed to find better sound for the price. Read our full review here.
Much like the aforementioned Sennheiser Momentum 2.0, the company’s Urbanite XL come in either a wired or wireless configuration. Both versions mesh together stitched canvas and plastic, and despite the colorful array of offerings, each touts a subtlety in style that is neither flashy nor tough on the eyes. Sennheiser also promises “massive bass” here, and to that point, the Urbanite XL deliver. The headphones deliver thundering performance, whether you’re listening to lossless tracks or streaming music via Spotify or Apple Music, with Sennheiser’s laudable mids and highs to match. While a bit bulky, the headphones provide ample comfort as well, and though the touch-sensitive controls on the wireless model are a bit too sensitive for our liking, the XL’s sustained battery life makes up for the minor quip — 20 hours is a whole lot of listening when you’re gallivanting around town. Read our full review here.
The V-Moda Crossfade M100 are poised to appease audiophiles and fashionistas alike, which is a remarkable feat for a lesser-known brand. The company was one of the first to offer cables in multiple colors, each of which brilliantly accents the sharp angles and diamond-shaped build of the Crossfade M100. Their rugged design is also surprisingly lightweight, outfitted with headband and earcup padding that’s comfortable without exhibiting an overbearing amount of pressure during extended listening sessions. More importantly, the 50mm drivers craft velvety low-end sound and a crisp, detailed upper register that’s just as capable of tackling the latest tunes from Radiohead or Nickel Cree as it is carving out present vocals on your favorite Kendrick Lamar jam. Dual inputs on each earcup even allow you to daisy-chain the M-100 to other headsets for joint listening, or to connect two different inputs at once. Read our full review here.