Best headphones for bass and sound quality (Updated 2020)

Best bass headphones of 2017

Welcome bass heads! We love bass and today we are here to give a brief snippet about what does bass stands for, headphones with good bass and solid drivers to give you long-lasting, a non-deteriorating bass output for years to come.

To give the real deal here, we would like to state that the over the ear headphone generally produce good bass, technically due to the space available to pitch in the big sized drivers. However, you can achieve good results from on-ear headphones as well but over-ear headphones perform better when it comes to good bass production. Moreover, over-ear headphones are comfortable to wear for a longer duration (Yes, you compromise on the compactness and storage but then you gain on the good bass output).

We would like you to have a look below on the points to consider (if you are a music enthusiast who wants bang for his/her bucks) before picking up any proclaimed “best headphones for bass and sound quality” available in the market:

Style (In-ear, Over-ear, On-ear)

As already stated, (IMHO) if you really want to feel the earth beneath you shaking start your journey with over-ear headphones with good bass drivers, so that you are not disappointed at all.

In-ears are not bad, they come in handy when you are in dire need to save space and want less weight to be carried around. There are a few brands like age-old (and most favorite) Sony, (slightly expensive) V-MODA, Beats, JAYS, MEE, (worth having a look) KZ etc.

On-ear headphones provide you with the best of both the world, portability (foldable headphones) and ear covering cups for good sound staging (medium to big sized drivers). Even if you want them just to flaunt, on-ear headphones are good to have, they are better styled overall (do check out B&O series here)


If we are talking about the best headphones with good bass, then we cannot skip mentioning about the importance of the drivers. You must have seen the speakers without the front cover on, the round diaphragms are drivers, big ones produce low-frequency sound or bass (generally termed as woofer) and the small ones are for mid and high-frequency range sounds.


Fig: Headphone unit internal structure

The build quality and size of the bass driver plays a pivotal role in the sound output. They work on the basic principle of electrical to acoustic conversion, please see here for more detail on the how does an electrical signal gets converted into acoustic signal.

Frequency and sensitivity

The frequency range audible to an adult human is 20 Hz and 16,000 Hz, and most of the headphones are manufactured in the range of 20 Hz to 20K Hz. The lower value denotes the bass output provides the listener with a brilliant sensational experience while producing bass.

Sensitivity can be described as the ability of a driver to convert the electrical signal to an acoustic signal efficiently and effectively. More sensitive a speaker/driver is, on the application of similar voltage, it will produce more sound pressure.


Comfort while choosing best headphones for you cannot be neglected at all because we love to listen to music for a longer period and uncomfortable or cheap headphones could hurt your ears for sure.

Generally, good quality over the ear headphones comes equipped with Earpads made of velour, which in our opinion is good, but you can always buy an extra pair of memory foam velour earpads or pleather earpads for different listening experiences.

Best bass headphone to buy

We have listed below few of the Best Bass Headphones available for you to buy in three categories:

  • Best bass headphones under $400
  • Best bass headphones under $200
  • Best bass headphones under $100

Bass is for everyone, so is the access to good music. Whatever price bracket you are looking into, we reckon you CANNOT go wrong choosing out of the mentioned lot.

Best bass headphones under $400

1. Ultrasone HFI-580 S-Logic Surround Sound Professional Closed-back Headphones with Transport Bag


2. (**TOP PICK**) Sennheiser HD 650 Open Back Professional Headphone

Sennheiser HD 650 Open Back Professional headphones

3. Yamaha PRO 500 High-Fidelity Premium Over-Ear Headphones

Yamaha PRO 500 High-Fidelity Premium headphones

Best bass headphones under $200

1. Bowers & Wilkins PX Active Noise Cancelling Wireless Headphones


2. Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones

Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones

3. Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO 80 Ohm closed Studio Headphone

Beyerdynamic DT-770-PRO-32 Closed Dynamic headphones

Best bass headphones under $100

1. Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Professional Monitor Headphones


2. Sony MDR-XB450 Extra Bass Smartphone Heatset 


3. COWIN E7 Active Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones with Microphone Hi-Fi Deep Bass

COWIN E7 Active Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones with Microphone Hi-Fi Deep Bass

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We hope that opting out of the list above will satisfy your bass craving. The sole purpose of this article was to give the audience what they are looking for. we appreciate your comments and are happy to include your suggestions or recommendations for any other good bass headphones that we might have missed.

Till then…. Keep Rocking!

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