The Best Bass Headphones of 2018

The 10 Best Bass Headphones of 2018

There are so many headphones on the market these days it’s hard to know which ones are right for you. If you’re a bass head, then you’ll be looking for the best bass headphones. Lucky for you, we have searched the web to bring you the best bass headphones of 2018.

This article has something for everyone from premium headphones with advanced features to a pair of headphones with good bass under $30. We have also included a premium, audiophile headphone which won’t win any awards for bass but sounds exceptional and might be something for bass heads to consider.

Check out our buyers guide at the end of this article for more in-depth comparison and best headphones based on your requirements. We’ve also put together some information on the effects headphones can have on your hearing. It’s important information, so check it out! Might help save your ears so you can keep purchasing the latest and greatest bass headphones in the future.

1. Skullcandy Crusher Wireless Headphones

Skullcandy Crusher Wireless Headphones

At a Glance

Type:
40mm
Noise Canceling:
Noise Isolating
Cable or Wireless:
Cable & Bluetooth/NFC
Battery Life:
40 Hours
Microphone:
Yes
In-line Remote:
Yes
Bass Feature:
Always On + Haptic Bass Slider
Weight:
9.7oz

 

Skullcandy Crusher Wireless Headphones Features

The original Skullcandy Crusher gained notoriety among bass headphone enthusiasts by delivering serious bass and sound quality. The Latest version of the Crusher, the Crusher Wireless takes things to another level leaving its predecessor in the dust.

Skullcandy is renowned for producing trendy headphones with loud and sometimes camo colors. The Skullcandy Crusher Wireless is more sophisticated and minimalist in design which looks trendy and stylish. The Crusher comes in matte black or white with tan ear cups. Both styles are awesome. Don’t be surprised if you turn some heads to admire your Skullcandy Crusher Wireless Headphones.

As is customary with Skullcandy, the buttons on the Crusher Wireless are large, easy to locate and operate. Skullcandy has kept the buttons to a minimum by making each button multipurpose. The on/off button is used to pair Bluetooth, answer, reject and end phone calls. You can also place a call on hold by tapping the on/off button during a call. The plus (+) and minus (-) buttons turn the volume up and down, skip and search tracks.

The most important button is not a button but a slider which controls the haptic bass control. Haptic bass is a vibrating mechanism which responds to the bass produced by the headphones. The best way to describe this is an iMax or 4D experience where you feel the sound you’re listening to. The slider also increases audio bass as well as vibrations. With the slider at 0% the Skullcandy Crusher Wireless already performs better than most of its competitors. The best thing about a slider is it allows you to fine tune the bass setting to match what you’re listening to. This is opposed to other brands which only allow you to either have the bass boost on or off.
I found at 30% the bass is perfect for most styles of music giving you a sufficient amount of bass but still with enough clarity on the mids and treble. Increasing the slider to 100% delivers skull-rattling, teeth chattering bass. It’s awesome! Expect to jump around the first time you listen to the Crusher Wireless on 100% bass. You do lose some mid-range and treble clarity in the Crusher Wireless but this is less than competing brands like the Sony Extra Bass Headphones and JVC Z Series.

The battery on the Skullcandy Crusher Wireless offers 40 hours of battery life. Possibly the best of any bass headphones or even regular headphones on the market in 2018. The Crusher Wireless also features rapid charge which gives you 3 hours of battery life from just 10 minutes of charging. Great for travelers looking for a quick charge with limited time in transit.

The Bluetooth on the Skullcandy Crusher Wireless is quick and efficient and once paired the first time will auto-pair each time the headphones are turned on. Unfortunately, there is no NFC pairing on the Crusher Wireless. The Crusher Wireless work equally well whether paired via Bluetooth or using the cable. With the ⅛ inch, cable plugged in you’ll lose a slight bit of volume but still retain the same bass characteristic. The best news, even when the battery runs out or the headphones are powered off, you still enjoy use of Crusher’s bass slider. Often, will lose the extra bass functionality with the cable inserted, not the case with the Crusher Wireless. The ⅛ inch input and micro USB for charging are located on the bottom of the same ear in a recess so they’re hidden when on your ears.

The Crusher Wireless features a microphone which can be used for handsfree calling. There is a slight echo but the voice is present and the caller on the other end shouldn’t have an issue having a conversation with you. When you use the ⅛ inch cable there are buttons with the same functionality and a built-in microphone so you can still use the Crusher Wireless in exactly the same way.

What’s in the Box?

  • Crusher Wireless
  • Micro USB to USB Charging Cable
  • Soft Drawstring Travel Bag
  • Backup AUX cable With Microphone & Remote

Skullcandy Crusher Wireless Headphones Conclusion

Bass heads will not be disappointed purchasing the Skullcandy Crusher Wireless Headphones. While they are not the best headphones of 2018, I’d say they’re the best bass headphones of 2018. Here’s why:

  • Skull rattling bass with haptic bass. Few headphones incorporate the haptic technology. Haptic bass is not just great for music but will also make watching movies and playing games a lot more exciting to watch.
  • The ability to implement as little or as much bass as you want with the bass slider.
  • You still retain all the features of the Crusher Wireless, including bass boost, even when using the cable.
  • The 40-hour battery is a market leader for sure. There are only a couple other models on the market with a similar battery life. Of these, the Crusher Wireless is the most affordable.
  • The Skullcandy Crusher Wireless are extremely affordable for a premium set of headphones. Retail at $199 and currently on special at Amazon for $123.
  • Stylish minimalist design.

The one downside to the Skullcandy Crusher Wireless Headphones is you get some bleed from around 50% and above volume. Other than that, bass heads are going to love the Crusher Wireless.

2. Sony Extra Bass Bluetooth Headphones

Sony is certainly one of the market leaders when it comes to headphones of any kind. When it comes to headphones with good bass, Sony also features pretty high up with the Sony Extra Bass Headphones. The Extra Bass Headphones come in a few models and in this article we’ll look at the two best sellers the Extra Base 950 (MDRXB950BT) and the 650 (MDRXB650BT).

2.1 Sony Extra Bass 950 (MDRXB950BT)

Sony Extra Bass MDRXB950BT

At a Glance

Type:
Over-ear
Speaker Drivers:
40mm
Noise Canceling:
Yes
Cable or Wireless:
Cable & Bluetooth/NFC
Battery Life:
20 Hours
Microphone:
Yes
In-line Remote:
Yes
Bass Feature:
BASS BOOST Button
Weight:
9.88oz

 

What’s in the Box?

  • Sony Extra Bass MDRXB950BT Headphones
  • 3.5mm AUX Cable
  • Micro USB to USB Charging Cable

2.2 Sony Extra Bass 650 (MDRXB650BT)

Sony Extra Bass MDRXB650BT

At a Glance

Type:
On-ear
Speaker Drivers:
30mm
Noise Canceling:
No
Cable or Wireless:
Bluetooth/NFC
Battery Life:
30 Hours
Microphone:
Yes
In-line Remote:
Yes
Bass Feature:
Always On
Weight:
6.7oz

 

What’s in the Box?

  • Sony Extra Bass MDRXB650BT Headphones
  • Micro USB to USB Charging Cable

The Similarities Between MDRXB950BT and MDRXB650BT

While the 950BT and 650BT look similar, there are a few differences both aesthetically and in features. Let’s look at the similarities before we discuss each model individually.
The first thing you notice is both the 950BT and 650BT are extremely lightweight (950BT 9.88 oz & 650BT 6.7 oz). Your first impression might be the Extra Bass Headphones could be easy to break. However, you soon realize the build although flexible is extremely pretty robust.

Neither the 950BT or 650BT fold up completely. Instead, the headphone ear cups swivel so the headphones are flat and can be placed inside their leather pouch. This makes them fairly large and bulky which isn’t an issue if you have a backpack but may take up room in a ladies’ handbag or smaller laptop bags. Not a big sticking point but something to note.

Both incorporate NFC pairing so if you have an NFC device, you can just tap the NFC sensor to pair your NFC device instantly. Both models have Bluetooth. Bluetooth pairing is quick and easy and, after setting up the first time, your Sony Extra Bass Bluetooth Headphones will automatically pair each time they are turned on.
Both 950BT and 650BT have a Bluetooth range of 10m (32 feet).

Both the 950BT and 650BT have a built-in microphone so the headphones double as a mobile handsfree device. This is a great feature, however, in crowded public areas or, if you’re in a noisy environment, the caller on the other end does battle to hear. Your voice seems a little distant and difficult to hear. There is a button on the right-hand ear cup to answer and end calls.
The same button also acts as play/pause for any Bluetooth paired device and you can skip/search through your tracks by pressing the same button to the left or right. A great feature if your phone is in your pocket or bag. A volume control is located next to this button.

The ear cups on both 950BT and 650BT are made of a soft, high-quality padded leather and comfortable on the ear. This same leather and padding are found on the inside of the headband to offer comfort and protection on top of the head. Both models are equally comfortable, even when worn for extended periods of time.

The Differences Between MDRXB950BT and MDRXB650BT

We’ll now look at each of the Sony Extra Bass Headphones and see where they differ.
The MDRXB950BT are slightly bigger at 40mm (1,5”) while the MDRXB650BT are only 30mm (1,1”). The 950BT ear cup fits over the whole ear where the 650BT fits on the ear. The bigger cup on the 950BT is slightly more comfortable, however, they are pretty similar in this regard.
With the over-ear fit, the 950BT also feature noise canceling technology. A great feature for public transport users or travelers.

There are two major differences between the 950BT and 650BT. The 950BT has a BASS BOOST button so you can switch Sony’s Extra Boost on and off. This is great if you are listening to something a little more mellow, watching in-flight entertainment or, taking a phone call. The 650BT is permanently in Extra Boost mode so you don’t have the choice to turn it off. The 650BT Extra Bass is also slightly less than the BASS BOOST on the 950BT.
The BASS BOOST on the 950BT is pretty serious and with the volume, high can be overpowering. So, if you like headphones with good bass, then the 950BT will exceed your expectations.

The second major difference is the 950BT includes a ⅛ inch jack input on the ear cup. This is great if you are using a non-Bluetooth device or, using them for in-flight entertainment systems. The bad news is, as soon as you plug in the ⅛ inch jack, you lose the BASS BOOST functionality which is a little disappointing.
The 650BT is Bluetooth only, no cable option. Something to keep in mind when deciding on which model to purchase.

Where the 650BT win is battery life. The 650BT has a battery life of 30 hours where the 950BT has a 20-hour battery life. You have the ⅛ inch cable for the 950BT so, if the battery is flat, you can just use the cable and the headphones will still work.
The charge time on the 650BT is, however, longer at 4 hours opposed to the 950BT 3 hours. Both headphones use a USB charging cable to charge the headphones. The only downside is the Sony Extra Boost Bluetooth Headphones can only be charged using the USB cable provided and via a laptop. You can’t charge via a USB socket. This will damage the headphone’s internal battery.
On iOS devices, a battery life indicator for the Extra Boost Headphones will appear next to your device’s battery indicator.

Sony Extra Bass Bluetooth Headphones Conclusion

I can’t see any reason why I’d choose the MDRXB650BT over the MDRXB950BT. The cost difference is less than $30 and the 950BT has more features. If you prefer an on-ear fit and require a longer battery life, then the 650BT would be the better choice of the two.
Having said that, both Sony Extra Bass Headphones are awesome and I’d be happy owning either pair.

3. V-MODA Crossfade LP2 Metal Headphones

V-MODA Crossfade LP2 Metal Headphones

At a Glance

Type:
Over-ear
Speaker Drivers:
50mm
Noise Canceling:
Noise Isolating
Cable or Wireless:
Cable
Battery Life:
N/A
Microphone:
Yes
In-line Remote:
Yes
Bass Feature:
Always On
Weight:
9.17oz

 

V-MODA Crossfade LP2 Features

V-MODA produces some of the strongest, most durable headphones on the market today. The V-MODA Crossfade LP2 is a pair of metal frame headphones tested for durability using military-­level MIL-­STD-­810 quality standards. So if you are one of those who regularly breaks headphones, perhaps it’s time to switch to the V-MODA Crossfade LP2.

They come with a 2-year warranty where other brands only offer 1-year. You also get V-MODA’s unique Immortal Life Program. If you break the Crossfade LP2 at any point during their lifetime, V-MODA will give you 50% off a new pair. How is that for a confident guarantee!

Here are some of the strength features built into the Crossfade LP2 headphones:

  • Kevlar-reinforced Cable – 1+ million bends for cables & 45 degree strain relief (100x industry standard).
  • Concrete Drop — up to 60 drops from 1.5m onto concrete.
  • SteelFlex Headband — up to 10 flat bends.
  • Environmental Weather — survives severe high/low temperatures, humidity, salt spray & UV rays.

The Crossfade LP2 also comes with one of the most badass headphones cases around. It’s an exoskeleton case which looks like something Batman would own. V-MODA is one of the few headphone companies to provide a hard shell headphone case with their products. The case is high quality and provides space for cables and accessories too.

The design of the Crossfade LP2 is unique with a metal frame a hexagonal ear cups. The backplate of the ear cup can be swapped out for another color. You get a gloss metal finish fitted to the headphones and a gunmetal matte finish to swap out if you prefer that look. You can visit the V-MODA website for other colors and designs and even request a custom design to add personal customization to your pair of Crossfade LP2 headphones. This is a cool feature unique to V-MODA and definitely adds to the reasons why you’d want to own a pair of Crossfade LP2 headphones.

The Crossfade LP2 deliver excellent sound quality with a good amount of bass. The bass is defined with a decent punch. This is an improvement over many bass headphones on the market which simply overpower with bass. Even the biggest bass heads will appreciate the solid bottom end of the Crossfade LP2 headphones, even if they don’t rumble like other bass headphones. There is a definite boost of bass while the mid-range and treble are still clean and clear.

The Crossfade LP2 is fixed cable headphones so, unfortunately, no wireless for Bluetooth fans. This may be considered a downside but, it actually means there is less digital processing going on. This is possibly why these headphones produce such excellent sound quality while still maintaining a solid bass presence.
The Crossfade LP2 are noise-isolating headphones. The headphones feature an analog noise isolation which seems to block noise to a certain degree. Not as good as noise canceling but better than regular headphones for sure.

The Crossfade LP2 comes with two cable options. One with a microphone and function button, the other without. The button and microphone are compatible with all devices which feature a ⅛ inch input. Obviously, you can’t use the Crossfade LP2 with newer iPhone as there is no ⅛ input.
Gamers will be happy to know V-MODA sell a specially designed cable with boom type microphone. This is great if you play games online and like to chat with other players. The second cable is a little longer, great for use in a studio, DJing or other professional audio activities. The cable comes with a ¼ inch adapter so you can plug into any input.

What’s in the Box?

  • V-MODA Crossfade LP2 Headphones
  • Gunmetal shield kit with extra screws & screwdriver
  • Exoskeleton case
  • Carabiner clip
  • Durable reinforced SpeakEasy 1-Button microphone cable
  • Durable reinforced extended audio cable
  • 1/4″ adapter

V-MODA Crossfade LP2 Metal Headphones Conclusion

The V-MODA Crossfade LP2 Metal Headphones most definitely win on build quality and durability. After handling a pair of Crossfade LP2 Headphones, you’ll look down on the plastic offerings of other manufacturers. There are headphones with more bass than the Crossfade LP2 however, I’d still say these are up there with the best bass headphones for sure. Overall sound quality is going to be better than most of the bass headphones on the market. The Crossfade LP2 with extras and the ability to customize your ear cups offers exceptional value for money and I can’t see anyone regretting purchasing these headphones, even the biggest bass heads will be satisfied.

4. JVC Z Series HA-SZ2000

JVC Z Series HA-SZ2000

At a Glance

Type:
Over-ear
Speaker Drivers:
55mm for woofer / 30mm for mids/highs
Noise Canceling:
No
Cable or Wireless:
Cable
Battery Life:
N/A
Microphone:
N/A
In-line Remote:
N/A
Bass Feature:
Always On
Weight:
17.12oz

 

JVC Z Series HA-SZ2000 Features

JVC is a Japanese brand and probably not the first name that comes to mind when you think of headphones. If you’re after big bass, you’re going to get it from the JVC Z Series HA-SZ2000. These are BIG bass headphones, but are they any good?

First impressions are the SZ2000 headphones are bulky, creak and make noises as you twist and flex the headphones. They’re really noisy just swiveling the ear cups and folding them up makes an annoying noise. The SZ2000 are also a lot heavier than most of the bass headphones we reviewed, however, the weight isn’t uncomfortable on your head.

The extra weight is due to JVC’s special brass “vibration inhibiting” cylinder installed on each ear cup. This is to give the ear cups more rigidity otherwise, they’d probably vibrate right off your head, there’s that much bass.
JVC have also included oxygen-free copper (OFC) cables both for internal wiring and the headphone cable itself. OFC cables are an extremely high quality of copper at 99.95%. This is supposed to improve audio signal conductivity for improved audio quality.

The ear cups are an average quality memory foam covered with synthetic leather. The headband is a mix of synthetic leather and a woven mesh which goes over the head. The headband foam is soft and comfortable, no issues there. The ear cups, although soft, make your ears hot after a while which starts to get uncomfortable.

One thing I do like about the JVC SZ2000 Bass Headphones is they fold up for compact storage. These are the best folding headphones we featured.

The bass on the JVC SZ2000 is big. This is due to a 30mm (1.1”) driver for mid-high frequencies and a 55mm (2.1”) driver for the woofer. The 55mm driver on the woofer is extremely powerful and if you turn the volume up full, it can become a wash of bass for certain songs or genres. You also start to lose a bit of clarity in the mid-range. If you love your headphones to vibrate on your head, you will not be disappointed.

The JVC SZ2000 is a fixed cable headset with a ⅛ inch connector. These are not wireless headphones. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, however, if you have any new Apple iPhone or iPad, you can’t use the JVC SZ2000 headphones as there is no ⅛ inch input. There are ways around this with different connectors but I won’t get into that here.

What’s in the Box?

  • JVC Z Series HA-SZ2000 headphones
  • Soft Drawstring Travel Bag

JVC Z Series HA-SZ2000 Conclusion

The JVC Z Series HA-SZ2000 are right near the top of the list when it comes to headphones with good bass. It’s like having two bass cannons on your head firing into your ears and vibrating your skull. But that’s unfortunately where it ends for the SZ2000 headphones. At $640 they seem a little overpriced for the sound quality they deliver. Due to the big bass, the mid-range is lost giving the headphones a muddy sound. If you’re a true bass head, this might not bother you all that much. If you want head rattling bass headphones, the JVC Z Series HA-SZ2000 will deliver.

5. Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Wireless Headphones

Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Wireless Headphones

At a Glance

Type:
Over-ear
Speaker Drivers:
Not specified
Noise Canceling:
Yes – Advanced
Cable or Wireless:
Cable & Bluetooth/NFC
Battery Life:
22 Hours
Microphone:
Yes
In-line Remote:
Yes
Bass Feature:
Always On
Weight:
9.17oz

 

Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Features

Sennheiser is arguably one of the leading manufacturers when it comes to headphones. They offer products to meet both the budget and premium market with faultless design and quality. Sennheiser offer products to satisfy the average user right up to the demanding audiophiles.
Having said that, the original Sennheiser Momentum was not well received due to comfort issues. Sennheiser has fixed the comfort issue in the Momentum 2.0.

One thing you’ll notice the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 has over its competitors is built quality. The vintage design may not appeal to some but the parts and attention to detail is something everyone will appreciate. Unlike most premium headphones, the Momentum 2.0 has few plastic parts. Only the ear cups are plastic but even these are of a high quality. The frame is mostly a brushed metal covered in luxuriously soft leather. The ear cups feature a premium memory foam covered in the same leather.

The headphones are adjusted by sliding the ear cups on the frame rather than pulling out. There is more than enough room to make the headphones fit every head size. The headband sits comfortably on the head and you don’t ever feel any pressure. For comfort, the Momentum 2.0 Wireless simply can’t be faulted.

The sound of the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Wireless is incredible. Where other bass headphones have an over the top wooly sound, the Momentum 2.0 is more chunk and refined. They probably don’t have as much bass as some bass headphones but definitely delivers a punch I think even the biggest bass fans will appreciate. Often when bass headphones have the bass boost, there is some minor loss in the mid-range, treble or both. With the Momentum 2.0, you get a clean frequency response with a solid, crisp sound.

The Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Wireless feature Bluetooth 4.0, the latest version of Bluetooth. Pairing is simple and if you have an NFC enabled device, you can pair effortlessly by tapping the NFC sensor. Pairing is completed fast and once you have paired once, the Momentum 2.0 will pair automatically to the same device when turned on.

The Momentum 2.0 Wireless also includes a ⅛ inch input and Sennheiser provides a ⅛ inch cable with the headphones. Often with wireless/cable headphones, you get a different sound between the active, wireless and the passive cable. Usually, the sound will lose definition and character when going from wireless to cable. With the Momentum 2.0, this isn’t the case. The audio quality is as good when connected via Bluetooth or using the ⅛ inch cable.
The ⅛ inch jack it inserted and then twisted to lock the cable in place. This will prevent the cable from pulling out. To release, simply twist the opposite direction and unplug. This is a small but necessary issue which Sennheiser have addressed and just goes to show the attention to detail the designers have shown.

When paired to a Bluetooth device, you have a significant amount of control with the Momentum 2.0 Wireless. You can play/pause, skip, search songs and adjust the volume control. You can answer or reject incoming calls as well as answer and switch between multiple calls. This is far more functionality control than you’ll find on most Bluetooth headphones.
The Momentum 2.0 also has the ability to pair to two devices at the same time. So if you’re working on your laptop and phone, you can switch between the two without pairing and unpairing the headphones. The battery life on the Momentum 2.0 lasts 22 hours and a battery life indicator will show up at the top of your mobile device.

The Momentum 2.0 Wireless are permanently in noise canceling mode which Sennheiser call the NoiseGard™. NoiseGard is a hybrid noise canceling technology which attenuates ambient noise. Sennheiser’s built-in VoiceMax microphones allow you to still carry a conversation with the headphones on and the music off. This type of noise-canceling technology and on another level compared to Sennheiser’s competitors.

What’s in the Box?

  • Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Wireless headphones
  • 1.4 m (4.5’) Audio cable / 3.5mm (⅛ inch) Low-profile angled plug
  • USB Charging cable
  • In-flight adapter
  • Soft Drawstring Travel Bag
  • Hard-shell case

Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Wireless Headphones Conclusion

If you are willing to spend around $400 on a pair of the best bass headphones, then you should definitely consider the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Wireless. The audio quality, technology, built quality, features, and attention to detail is on another level and well worth the price tag. These are headphones with good bass and exceptional clarity. Everything from classical music to the latest hip-hop or dubstep is going to sound incredible through the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Wireless.

6. Skullcandy Hesh 2 Wireless Headphones

Skullcandy Hesh 2 Wireless Headphones

At a Glance

Type:
Over-ear
Speaker Drivers:
40mm
Noise Canceling:
No
Cable or Wireless:
Cable & Bluetooth
Battery Life:
15 Hours
Microphone:
Yes
In-line Remote:
Yes
Bass Feature:
Always On
Weight:
6.4oz

 

Skullcandy Hesh 2 Features

The Skullcandy Hesh 2 Wireless Headphones are the next generation from the Hesh 2 cable headphones. Both great headphones but there have been some improvements with the Hesh 2 Wireless. The Hesh 2 Wireless are over-ear headphones. They are, unfortunately, not noise canceling headphones and actually leak audio when played at higher levels. If you are traveling or in a room with other people, this may be annoying for those around you.

If you are familiar with the Hesh 2 cable headphones, you would have noticed the leather ear cup was fairly hard. While they were cushioned, this wasn’t as soft as other brands. Skullcandy has improved the ear cups on Hesh 2 Wireless Headphones significantly putting them on par for comfort with other leading brands like Sony and Beats.

The other most obvious upgrade from the Hesh 2 is the Hesh 2 Wireless has Bluetooth. The on/off button (also called the function button because it’s used for many features) is also the Bluetooth pairing button. Bluetooth scanning is activated when you press and hold the on/off button for 5 seconds. A red light flashes to show the headphones are searching and then changes to blue when paired. There are also helpful voice prompts which tell you when pairing and connected. Pairing is quick and easy and once you have paired once, the Hesh 2’s will pair automatically to the same device when turned on.
There is a ⅛ inch input so you have the choice of either Bluetooth or cable connection. Skullcandy provides a ⅛ inch cable with the Hesh 2 Wireless.

One thing I love about Skullcandy is the buttons. On the Hesh 2 Wireless Headphones, the buttons are larger than other headphone brands making them easy to find and operate when on your ears. There is a large plus (+) and minus (-) button for volume control. The volume controls are actually multi-purpose. If you are paired to a Bluetooth device, by pressing and holding the plus or minus for a few seconds you can also skip tracks.
If you are listening through the cable, you can still enjoy the same functionality using the buttons built inline on the cable provided. The ⅛ insert is recessed nicely on the bottom of the ear cup so it’s somewhat hidden.

The battery on the Hesh 2 Wireless will last around 15 hours and is fully charged within 2.5 hours. A red light will flash on the ear cup when the battery is at 10% so you know to charge them. The micro USB charger input is located next to the ⅛ inch input in the same recess keeping the aesthetic clean, without any holes in view when the headphones are on your ears.

The Skullcandy Hesh 2 Wireless Headphones also feature a built-in microphone so you can answer any incoming calls. When a call comes in you tap the on/off button and the call is answered. If you press and hold the same button for 2 seconds you can reject the incoming call. If you are in the middle of a call, you can press and hold the on/off button to put someone on hold. Similar buttons on the cable allow you to perform the same functions when using the cable instead of Bluetooth.

What’s in the Box?

  • Hesh 2 Wireless Headphones
  • 3.5mm AUX Cable
  • Micro USB to USB Charging Cable
  • Soft Drawstring Travel Bag

Skullcandy Hesh 2 Wireless Headphones Conclusion

At under $100 (often on special for between $69-$80 on Amazon) The Skullcandy Hesh 2 Wireless Headphones are an affordable pair of bass headphones. I don’t feel the Skullcandy Hesh 2 Wireless compete with the Sony Extra Bass Headphones, but they do produce enough bass for the average user. If you like extreme bass, then the Hesh 2 Wireless might not satisfy your needs. However, you have to take into account the price and for under $100, you won’t find a better pair of headphones with good bass.

7. Cowin E7 PRO

Cowin E7 PRO

At a Glance

Type:
Over-ear
Speaker Drivers:
45mm
Noise Canceling:
Yes
Cable or Wireless:
Cable & Bluetooth/NFC
Battery Life:
30 Hours
Microphone:
Yes
In-line Remote:
No
Bass Feature:
Always On
Weight:
12.8oz

 

Cowin E7 PRO Features

In 2018, Cowin released the E7 PRO which are meant to be an upgraded version of the E7. Here are the features where there are differences or improvements:

  • DesignFirst off, the design of the E7 PRO is significantly cleaner and more inline with premium headphones. Unfortunately, the built quality and parts are much the same so no improvement there.
  • ComfortThe E7 PRO are more comfortable than the standard E7 and the cup is slightly bigger on the ear.
  • SoundCowin have worked on the sound for the E7 PRO and the headphones sound more balanced with an improved bass boost which isn’t as muddy as the standard E7.
  • Noise CancelingThere has been no change to the noise canceling and still appear mid-range and treble heavy. There is also a significant amount of sound leakage in both the Bluetooth and Noise Canceling Mode.
  • MicrophoneCowin have improved the microphone on the E7 PRO somewhat delivering a cleaner and louder voice quality.

What’s in the Box?

  • Cowin E7 PRO Active Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphone
  • Micro USB Cable
  • 3.5mm Audio Cable
  • Hardshell Case

Cowin E7 Active Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones Conclusion

If you are looking for a cheap set of headphones with a lot of bass, then the Cowin E7 is an affordable choice. They offer much of the same features as your premium brands, however, the quality of the parts and design aesthetic is nowhere near as good. They’re cheap and will do the job. If you have an extra $20 to spend, the E7 PRO are significantly better than the standard E7.

8. Cowin E7 Active Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones

Cowin E7 Active Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones

At a Glance

Type:
Over-ear
Speaker Drivers:
40mm
Noise Canceling:
Yes
Cable or Wireless:
Cable & Bluetooth/NFC
Battery Life:
30 Hours
Microphone:
Yes
In-line Remote:
No
Bass Feature:
Always On
Weight:
13.6oz

Cowin E7 Features

Cowin is a relatively unknown, small player in the headphone market. Having said that, the COWIN E7 Active Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones have been in the top 3 of Amazon’s best selling over-ear headphones since the middle of 2017. So definitely giving Sony, Beats, Skullcandy and other popular brands a run for their money. But are they as good?

The short answer is no. The Cowin E7 is not as good as the top headphone brands but they do offer many the same features and impressive bass at a fraction of the price. The first thing you notice is the Cowin E7 is slightly heavier than they appear at 13.5 oz. This is still light enough to not be too heavy and doesn’t influence comfort.

The ear cups and headband are really soft with a synthetic plastic leather covering. This isn’t as luxurious feeling as the Sony, Beats or Skullcandy but still offers enough comfort and support. For bigger heads the ear cups will feel a little tight and uncomfortable, so not recommended for people with larger heads.

The Cowin E7 has two modes, Bluetooth mode, and Noise Canceling Mode. These are easy to select via the BT and NC selector on the underside of the ear cup. The same selector also turns the headphones off so if you forget which way to go you will end up turning them off instead of switching modes.

Bluetooth mode produces a significant amount of bass. This isn’t as clean and defined as premium headphones but if you like bass, you certainly get it. The other issue is when you turn the volume full, the bass does distort a little, however, if you plan on listening at that level you won’t have ears to listen with after a while anyway. In Noise Canceling Mode the bass disappears (actually becomes a lot cleaner and defined but significantly less) with mid-range and high frequencies becoming more pronounced. The noise canceling is not as good as premium headphones but it’s not terrible either. There is significant sound leakage so you are not isolated and those around you will hear what you are listening to when the volume is turned up high.

The Bluetooth on the Cowin E7 works well and is NFC enabled for even quicker pairing. The NFC pair is actually extremely quick and efficient. One of the silver triangles on the ear cup disguises the control buttons nicely. There is a volume up and down except the down volume is towards the top of the head and the up is below that. While this may confuse you at first you’ll get used to it quickly. The same buttons act as the skip function for a paired Bluetooth device. Quickly tapping the buttons up or down skips tracks while holding up or down controls the volume. The Cowin E7 Headphones have a built-in microphone for handsfree calling. You can answer and end calls easily using the function button above the volume controls.

The Cowin E7 can be used with the cable or paired via Bluetooth. Again there is a sticking point with using the cable. Unlike most wireless/cable headphones, the Cowin E7 must be charged up whether you use the cable or wireless. This means when the battery runs out, you can’t use the E7’s at all, even with the cable. The battery life on the Cowin E7 Headphones is 30 hours so you shouldn’t ever run the battery flat, even on a long distance flight.

The ⅛ inch input is located on the underside of one of the ear cups and the micro USB for charging on the other. One nice thing about the Cowin E7 Headphones is you can still use them during charging. The Cowin E7 is fast charging headphones and just 10 minutes of charge will give you 1 hour of battery life.

What’s in the Box?

  • Cowin E7 Active Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphone
  • Micro USB Cable
  • 3.5mm Audio Cable
  • Soft Drawstring Travel Bag

9. Sennheiser HD 201 Headphones

Sennheiser HD 201 Headphones

At a Glance

Type:
Over-ear
Speaker Drivers:
Unspecified
Noise Canceling:
No
Cable or Wireless:
Cable
Battery Life:
N/A
Microphone:
N/A
In-line Remote:
N/A
Bass Feature:
None
Weight:
5.8oz

 

Sennheiser HD 201 Features

If you are strapped for cash and want some decent bass headphones, then you’re in luck. The Sennheiser HD 201 Headphones cost a little under $49 and perform surprisingly well for a budget set of headphones. Sennheiser has put all the money into the speaker drivers and internal electronics while making the frame from a cheap plastic. So don’t expect the latest design features and high-quality materials.

The HD 201 headphones have been around for over a decade and continue to sell fairly well. This is mainly due to the fact these headphones, although built cheap, don’t sound cheap. I know studio engineers who have a pair of either HD 201 headphones. Even though these headphones are built cheap, they aren’t rubbish. Many cheap headphones will start to break and fall apart within a few months, a couple of years max. The Sennheiser HD 201 is fairly robust and will last if you look after them.

The Sennheiser HD 201 Headphones are extremely light at a little over 5oz. The ear cups and headband are cushioned with foam covered with a synthetic material. The fit is comfortable however, the material does get warm after an hour or so and you find you need to give your ears a rest. As these aren’t premium headphones, that’s to be expected.

While the sound on the HD 201 Headphones isn’t the most exciting when compared to other bass headphones, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at what Sennheiser deliver for under $30. The mids and highs deliver the clarity we have come to expect from Sennheiser with a solid amount of bass. The bass isn’t as heavy as some of the premium brands but certainly decent enough. Put it this way, if you’re a big bass head and only have $40 to spend, after listening to everything available under $50, I’ll bet these are the headphones you’ll purchase.

The cable is longer than most headphone cables at around 10 feet. This is a good and bad thing. You’ll appreciate this when sitting at the laptop, watching movies or playing games but, when it comes to traveling, the cable’s length does start to be an issue. You’ll need to fold wrap up most the excess and put it in your pocket or backpack. Not a major issue, but still something to note.

What’s in the Box?

  • Sennheiser HD 201 Headphones
  • 1/4” adapter

Sennheiser HD 201 Headphones Conclusion

The Sennheiser HD 201 are budget headphones without the budget sound. If you are strapped for cash or, simply want a decent pair of backup headphones for just in case, then the Sennheiser HD 201 are the best choice. Don’t be fooled by cheap imports selling for $50 or more selling as bass headphones. The Sennheiser HD 201 will do a better job and last longer.

10. Yamaha PRO 500 High-Fidelity Headphones

Yamaha PRO 500 High-Fidelity Headphones

At a Glance

Type:
Over-ear
Speaker Drivers:
50mm
Noise Canceling:
No
Cable or Wireless:
Cable
Battery Life:
N/A
Microphone:
Yes
In-line Remote:
Yes – Apple devices only
Bass Feature:
None
Weight:
7oz

 

Yamaha PRO 500 Features

Rather than go 100% bass on you, we thought we’d throw in a curveball. The Yamaha PRO 500 High-Fidelity Headphones aren’t going to win any awards for skull-rattling bass however, they will deliver a superior listening experience. With bass heavy tracks and genres you’ll experience the bass as it was recorded, punchy, detailed and full. It won’t rattle your brain but will blow you away.

The PRO 500 is marketed as over-ear but I feel the fit is more on-ear with a design similar to that of the Beats Studio Pro. The fit is comfortable and the headphones sit cozily without being tight. The headband and ear cups are well padded and covered with soft leather. The headphones weight around 13oz, not as light as some bass headphones we looked at, but not what we’d consider heavy.

The PRO 500 fold up to be fairly compact. The headphones come with a semi-rigid case which does a good job of protecting the headphones. They have a gloss finish so you’d want to store them in the case when not used to prevent against dirt and scratches.

The PRO 500 is sadly not wireless but come with a rubberized, flat cable. The advantage of the flat cable is it won’t twist or tangle. You get two cables with the PRO 500. The first is a 4ft cable with inline remote and microphone. The remote only works with Apple devices and since newer model iPhone don’t have a ⅛ inch input, this will only work with older model iPhone. I’m sure Yamaha will release a new iPhone cable with future releases. The microphone still works with all devices. The second cable is a 10ft cable for using at your desk or in the studio. A gold plated ¼ inch adapter is included for connecting to any professional-grade audio equipment.

As seen on most premium headphones, the PRO 500 feature two ⅛ inch outputs, one on each ear cup. Not only does this allow you to choose which side you want to plug your headphones into but also enables you to daisy chain to another set of headphones. So if you and your friend or partner want to listen to something at the same time, you can just plug the second pair of headphones into the second ⅛ inch output.

What’s in the Box?

  • Yamaha PRO 500 High-Fidelity Headphones
  • Soft carrying case
  • Gold-plated 1/4” adapter
  • Cleaning cloth

Yamaha PRO 500 High-Fidelity Headphones Conclusion

If you might be on the fence when considering bass headphones and are also considering something higher sound quality, then the PRO 500 is an excellent choice. The PRO 500 deliver audiophile quality sound without the wooly bottom end many headphones with good bass deliver.
In terms of “real” sound quality, the PRO 500 is the best pair of headphones featured in this article. They are a little over $300 so you will need to spend a little but the price is well worth the quality.

Buyers Guide

If you are still undecided on which headphones to choose, we’ve put together this useful buyers guide to help you make the right decision.

Bass Headphones in Order of Cost

These are ordered from most expensive at the top to cheapest at the bottom.

  1.  JVC Z Series HA-SZ2000
  2. Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Wireless Headphones
  3. Yamaha PRO 500 High-Fidelity Headphones
  4. V-MODA Crossfade LP2 Metal Headphones
  5. Skullcandy Crusher Wireless Headphones
  6. Sony Extra Bass MDRXB950BT
  7. Sony Extra Bass MDRXB650BT
  8. Cowin E7 PRO
  9. Cowin E7
  10. Skullcandy Hesh 2
  11. Sennheiser HD 201

Bass Headphones with the Most Accessories

If accessories and extras is something you’re after, then you’ll want a pair of the V-MODA Crossfade LP2 Metal Headphones. The Crossfade LP2 come with the baddest exoskeleton headphone case we’ve ever seen, carabiner clip, cable with control and mic, extended audio cable and ¼” adapter. The Crossfade LP2 features an interchangeable metal ear cup shield. They give you an extra gunmetal shield (with extra screws and a screwdriver) with the headphones but you can also go onto V-MODA’s website and order different colors or even customize your own design.

The Crossfade LP2 are also the most durable headphones with extra strong metal frame and ear cups.

Best Bass Headphones Under $100

The best bass headphones under $100 goes to the Sony Extra Bass MDRXB650BT. At around $80, the 650BT are exceptional value for money. Great features and awesome bass. True bass lovers will not be disappointed with the Sony Extra Bass MDRX650BT however, for an extra $10 or so over your budget you can get the MDRX950BT which are a lot more fun.

Best Noise Canceling Bass Headphones

Noise canceling is especially useful while traveling. Noise canceling is primarily to block out low-frequency noise. Usually below 400Hz. This is where most of the background noise comes from on planes. If you like headphones with good bass but also need some noise canceling, the best pair we found are the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Wireless. The Momentum Wireless has some advanced noise-canceling technology. Not only are they noise canceling, but when the music’s off, microphones pick up voices around you so you’re still able to hold a conversation or head any announcements.

Effects of Headphones on Hearing Loss

It’s a bit of a downer to think about the repercussions listening to your favorite bass headphones can have on your hearing, but it’s important to know the facts so you know how to protect your ears. The irony is, the one thing you love doing, listening to headphones with good bass, could be the thing that damages your hearing and prevents you from doing that very thing.

In an article from Stony Brook School of Medicine (Stony Brook, NY, USA), researchers confirmed headphones and earphones can cause permanent hearing loss. The study also noted teenagers and children were more susceptible to hearing loss or complications later in life due to excessive listening volumes. Similar findings were noted in a study by US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health.

Here are some facts on listening levels and what the impact will be on your hearing taking from the Stony Brook article published in 2012 on hearing loss:

“Sound at 85 dB or below is considered safe. If one is exposed to sounds greater than 90 dB for an average of eight hours per day without hearing protection, hearing loss will most likely result. As the volume increases, the safe time of exposure decreases.

  • 95 dB, damage will occur after four hours of exposure per day.
  • 100 dB, damage will occur after two hours of exposure per day.
  • 105 dB, damage will occur after one hour of exposure per day.
  • 110 dB, damage will occur after 30 minutes of exposure per day.
  • 115 dB, damage will occur after 15 minutes of exposure per day.
  • 120-plus dB, damage occurs almost immediately.

Most portable stereo music systems produce sound in the range of 95-108 dB at level four and in excess of 115 dB at level eight.”

If you are able to hear the person’s headphones when you are sitting next to them, the volume is probably too loud. This is important to note for parents especially.

If you are traveling or using your headphones for an extended period of time, give your ears a rest for a few days before listening to loud music or your headphones again. This will reduce the risk of permanent hearing loss.

Noise canceling headphones are best for traveling as you can listen to your headphones at the recommended 85dB and still hear everything clearly. Without noise canceling, you will find yourself turning the volume up to fight against background noise, especially on planes.

Matt

Matt

Matt is a sound engineer, event organizer, marketer, and vinyl junkie!

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