Best bass: Ultrasone >> Denon >> Sony headphones.
– Sony MDR-XB500 40mm XB Diaphragm Driver Extra Bass Headphones
– Sony MDR-XB700 50mm XB Diaphragm Driver Extra Bass Headphones
Best Headphones for Bass Lovers
Let’s start with bass lovers. You want a little more thump in your sound? Look no further. First up is the Skullcandy SCS- SCBP3.5 Skullcrushers Subwoofer Stereo Headphones. The Skull crushers come with enough bass to clean the wax out of ears. Known for their portability, durability and style, these headphones were made and designed for active bass lovers. Comes with a lifetime warranty and adaptor for watching movies at 40,000 feet. These power packing headphones feature an adjustable in- line bass amplifier and speakers with industry first built-in vibrating subwoofers. Pricing ranges form $49-$69, but Amazon carries them for a skosh under $40.
Sony MDR-XB500 40mm XB Diaphragm Driver Extra Bass Headphones . Massive bass but still keep good sound balance. The headphones are more than comfortable. These headphones do leak a little noise and are not recommended for use in your local library. Lightweight, great sound, exceptional value. If your a bass lover, your gonna love these. I shopped around and found several places that sell the Sony MDR-XB500. 4 stores had them under $50, but 3 of them added shipping and tax which priced them higher than several stores that did not add tax and/or shipping. Best price once again was Amazon. No tax or shipping, all for under $50 total.
Sony MDR-XB700 50mm XB Diaphragm Driver Extra Bass Headphones. A step-up from the XB500. Hey, these might look like pillows on your head, but they pack a hard punch. Designed for bass lovers. You know like the ones you hear driving thru the hood late at night. Thump, thump…. rattling pictures off the wall and scary off every pet within 4 blocks. The only problem with these is the length of the cord. If you can live with that, give these a serious look. If you value accurate musical representation above all else, keep shopping. The lowest price was just under $80 from B&H Photo, McMall.com, and Amazon.
Best Balanced Headphones for The Money
Sennheiser HD555 Professional Headphones with Sound Channeling. Sennheiser is legendary. True sound quality. Top of the line headphones with mind blowing sound. Clean and crystal clear. Sennheiser is all about quality in design and sound. For under $100, I would compare these to any $300 headphone on the market. They’re that good. As a sidenote, Sennheiser happens to make the very best headphone today. The Orpheus was limited and is hard to find for under $10,000. The HD 555’s are a great buy for the quality, sound, ease of use, durability and design.
High-end Professional Grade Headphones
Sennheiser HD800 Over-Ear Circum-Aural Dynamic Premiere Headphone
There’s has always been a debate between electronic reproduction and natural sound. The is the headphone that has been specifically engineered in replicating the basic acoustic conditions of natural hearing. This level of performance has yet to be matched by any competitor. The HD-800 is the ultimate headphone. More than 60 years of ingenious headphone engineering has been applied into the new HD 800.
Incorporating Sennheiser’s most advanced driver technology, these open, circum-aural dynamic stereo headphones redefine what reference-level audio is all about. You will form an altogether new height of sonic perspective as you experience a high-fidelity natural hearing experience. Premium parts have gone into their production – the transducer is encased by a precision material made of stainless steel; ear pads are made of special high-quality Japanese Alcantara; while the headband and headphone mounting utilizes the most advanced development from the aerospace industry.
In terms of connectivity, these headphones utilize specially designed, four-wire, high-performance connections with Teflon insulation. These headphones have been developed to provide the closest match to “being there” than any other available headphone. The Sennheiser HD-800 is for the discriminating audiophile seeking the best and most natural sound available. From rich bass lows to definitive highs, the Sennheiser HD-800 headphones deliver the exclusive sound that nature had intended.