If you listen to rap, house, electronic, techno, R&B or trap music, then you are missing out if you don’t own one of these headphones. Having a good pair of headphones can change the way you listen to music forever. That’s why we decided to review the 5 best bass headphones available in the market for this year. We have tested over 50 different models so far, and we are confident in our selection. Let’s start.
1. Skullcandy Crusher 360
Of course, the winner of our best bass headphones is definitely the Skullcandy Crusher 360. If you want to feel the bass and only the bass, and you consider yourself as a bass-head, the Skullcandy Crusher 360 is a perfect fit for you. This is the best headphones if you want over-powering and heavy bass for the money, however, if you want a more balanced sound you have to look elsewhere. Skullcandy Crusher 360’s combination of design, build quality, and awesome battery life makes it a great package.
The build of the Skullcandy Crusher 360 is a combination of metal, plastic, and leather, and they have an amazing feel to them, definitely a premium quality product. The black and brown color scheme just enhance the premium feel, and I can comfortably say that the Skullcandy Crusher 360 has one of the best build quality I have seen in a headphone. The forks of the headphone are made of aluminum that feels exceptionally solid, the headband and the ear cups are clad with synthetic leather that makes them amazingly comfortable on the head.
The right earcup houses the controls such as the playback controls, volume, pairing, and the left earcup houses the power button, battery lights, and the touchpad that works interestingly just for adjusting the bass levels. The touch controls work by sliding your finger up and down, but it takes some time to get used to it.
Before I start to talk about the overall sound performance, I would like to mention the bass response and the settings. If you adjusted the bass to zero, you will get a very accurate and balanced sound, with just a little less bass than usual. However, with the bass dial set to max or even right in the middle, you get the sound that only bass lovers find attractive, it is the greatest bass experience that you can find. Some users describe it as if a subwoofer is next to their ear.
I would recommend this for bass fans that do not get uncomfortable from the deepest and punchiest low range performances, the experience is very intense, in fact a little too intense for the regular listener.
If you are a basshead the Skullcandy Crusher 360 is the perfect toy for you.
2. Sony XB950B1
With the Sony XB950B1 the sound is all about that bass, but its sound quality is not lacking overall, just want to state that the bass is superb in these headphones. These Bluetooth headphones offer great comfort and style, with a Bass Effect button that boosts the bass experience and are wireless, but can be used wired as well. Combined with its amazing price the Sony XB950B1 are definitely a bargain and will provide tons of value.
The Sony XB950B1 comes in three color schemes, Black, Red, and Blue, the three of them look very stylish and sport a kind of two-tone brushed metallic part on the earcups and headband, that makes it very attractive and stylish. The earcups are made with memory foam cushioning and are covered with faux leather, the headband has the same composition as well, this translates into maximum comfort, as you will wear the headphones for hours without feeling any sort of discomfort.
On the left earcup you will find the power button and the Bass Effect button, also the Micro USB connection for charging the device, and the 3.5mm audio jack for wired connectivity. Along the right ear you can find the volume buttons and a multifunction button that controls the playback and call management.
Via the Sony Headphones app or the Music Center app you can fine tune the settings regarding the audio experience of your headphones. The battery life of the Sony XB950B1 is excellent for its price at 18 hours, and will take around 4 hours to fully recharge from a drained battery.
The performance of the sound is very pleasing overall, but the bass was top-class, even without the Bass Effect. The mids had tons of clarity and were nice, the treble lacked a little crisp but was appropriate for the Sony XB950B1’s bass-heavy orientation. When I turned on the Bass Effect the bass was amazing and very enhanced, the sub-bass sounds were punchy and deep, but you won’t find a balanced sound with it activated as everything sounds bassy and deep.
The best bass-heavy headphones for the money, the Sony XB950B1 will please your bass-head needs.
3. Sennheiser HD 800 S
Being one of the most expensive headphones that you can buy, the Sennheiser HD 800 S are an open-back headphone that have most of the sound quality of the HD 800 with smoother trebles, but still carries the audiophile-grade sound of it, top class headphones it is tuned to provide the best listening experience that you can find on the market. They may cost a fortune but if you value sound quality over everything, Sennheiser quality won’t disappoint.
The Sennheiser HD 800 S also carries on the design of the HD800, with slight tweaks. It now sports a black frame, and proudly boasts its acoustically inert exoskeleton with nice and futuristic geometrical lines that looks nothing like other headphones. Nothing is traditional and conventional about the design, starting from its Alcantara padding, the steel weave that is inside the headphones and the advanced polymer frame.
The design tweaks are not only for aesthetics, they provide comfort as well, the padding may look a little lacking but it is extremely comfortable even while listening for hours. Thanks to the large surface area of the pads the pressure is very evenly spread out through your head, but there is no sound isolation due to its open-headed nature, so you will have to ensure that you are in a quiet environment before listening.
The sound of the Sennheiser HD 800 S is very open as the design shows, the sound flows all around you and is not just in your head. It does the job better than other open-back headphones, providing a soundstage that is extremely wide and expansive, better than any surround sound headset can create.
The sound is mostly thanks to their dynamic drivers that are used on all of Sennheiser lineup, the bass performance you get from the Sennheiser HD 800 S is amazing, with great depth and punch, but are still pretty balanced and overwhelming without bleeding into the midrange. The trebles are smoothed out and a little more normal and calmer, but still sharp and detailed enough, making the Sennheiser HD 800 S right for everyone.
With perfect mids and best of the best overall audio, the Sennheiser HD 800 S, if you can afford them will be your favorite headphones ever.
4. Beats Studio3 Wireless
When the Beats were first introduced there was a craze following its release and it has amassed a huge fanbase. Since then it has still produced amazing headphones with a great lineup that suits every buyer, but one thing they all have in common is their amazing bass performance. The Beats Studio3 Wireless, is one of the most comfortable headphones you can find that will provide Beats quality and design, with good sound, noise cancellation, and is best suited for iPhone users.
While they are still owned by Apple, the Beats Studio3 Wireless have a different design than other Apple products, they still maintain their street style and street-cred. They have a plastic build, with the Beats logo on each ear, they are a little more streamlined and sleeker than the original Beats models that were manufactured by Monster. The headphones are available in Red, Shadow Grey, Blue, Porcelain Rose, White, and my personal favorite the Matte Black which is understated and has a stealthy vibe to it.
Comfort was a big selling point for the Beats Studio3 Wireless, they were one of the most comfortable headphones I have ever tested. The lightweight due to the plastic build helped too, and the foam ear cushions fit ears of different sizes well and will sit against your head like pillows.
Beats Studio3 Wireless doesn’t have any fancy features except the noise-canceling and wireless connectivity, and it has all other basics covered excellently. The Fast Fuel feature of the battery provides three hours of playback in 10 minutes of charging, a great feature if you are in a rush.
The W1 chip made by Apple, helps you get 22 hours of battery life with ANC on and 40 hours when it is off, but only with Apple devices, with other devices it achieves half of that, plus with Apple devices the connection is perfection with different features.
The noise cancellation was very good, and the sound quality was amazing and exciting overall, with great low-range and balanced mid-range, the treble was also pretty exciting.
If you value your comfort and own mostly Apple products, the Beats Studio3 Wireless will fit right in and will prove to be very valuable.
5. Skullcandy Crusher Wireless
We are going to start our best bass headphones list with a pretty high-quality product. Skullcandy is a well-known brand for producing decent headphones, the company doesn’t claim that they produce audiophile grade headphones, but they sure do provide a warm and nice sound. Skullcandy Crusher Wireless is your best bet if you are searching for a quality pair of headphones that will provide great bass, good battery life, and nice overall features. And of course the Skullcandy Crusher Wireless has a great competitive price, that will please the budget conscious buyer.
Compared to its predecessors, the Skullcandy Crusher Wireless has a more sophisticated design, they are very stylish and I would recommend them for the commuter that cares about the overall look of him/her. The headphones are mostly built with soft matte black plastic, with faux leather on the headband, I was very pleased with the materials used as they don’t feel cheap, and the matte plastic doesn’t pick up fingerprints and can be folded to take up less space.
They may be a little heavier than its predecessors, but that is due to the bass resonance chambers, but it feels comfortable on the head. That is most likely due to the clamp force that doesn’t cause sores, but it is pretty decent and doesn’t leak much sound in and out, despite not having any sort of noise-canceling technology.
The Bluetooth connectivity was very fast and instant as it paired with my phone, providing a good connection. The battery life on the product is excellent as it offers 40 hours of playback time, however, activating the haptic bass chamber will decrease its life, but not by much.
The sound quality on the Skullcandy Crusher Wireless is pretty decent, very warm and aimed at the mainstream consumer, the bass slider also provides excellent enhanced low-range. With the haptic bass turned off they still provided amazing low-range with plenty of punch, the midrange was nice and balanced, just the treble was a little lacking for my taste. You will get perfect and clear vocals and string instruments, and there was no bleeding throughout the frequency range.
The Crusher Wireless is a great pair of bass focused headphones, that do their job very well with quality build and decent sound.