After a rigorous process of research, testing, and deliberation, we think that the V-Moda Crossfade 100 stands out among the headphones we have reviewed. We loved its attractive design and its excellent sound quality which can appeal to both bass and audiophile listeners. We also loved its Cliqfold feature which makes it fold automatically when dropped, which makes it quite durable. [read more]
Bass headphones, the large over-ear devices that make you look like a legitimate DJ, have become a trend over the past few years. With the enormous popularity of headphones like Beats, thanks to celebrity endorsements from Dr. Dre, Lady Gaga, etc., numerous headphone brands have also mushroomed in the tech market.
They come in different colors, features and specs and, given their number, it can be overwhelming and puzzling which one to pick.
|Frequency Range||Impedance (in Ω)||Closed/Open back Design||Weight (in grams)|
|V- Moda Crossfade 100 (Editor’s Choice)||5 -30,000 Hz||32||closed||280|
|JVC HA- SZ2000 (runners-up)||4 -29,000 Hz||16||closed||485|
|Audio Technica ATH M50X (runners-up)||15 - 28,000 Hz||38||closed||285|
|Sennheiser Momentum||20- 20,000 Hz||18||closed||190|
|Beats Solo 2 Wireless||NA*||33||closed||215|
|Bose Quiet Comfort 25||NA*||32||closed||196|
|Sony MDR-1R||4-80,000 Hz||24||closed||240|
|Philips Rich Bass||12 - 24 000 Hz||24||open||52|
|Sennheiser 201||21-18,000 Hz||24||closed||165|
|Koss Portapro Headphone||15-20,000 Hz||60||open||180|
Worry no more, since I have carefully searched the tech world and analysed some of the greatest headphones on the market. This article serves as a buyer’s guide
Also, we're also generous enough to include a table which summarizes the important specs of the hottest deals and our top headphone picks.
If you’re planning to spend your big bucks on a pair of headphones and you’re in the process of choosing the right pair for you, you will be absolutely overwhelmed by the deluge of information that you might be getting. Buzz words such as frequency response, impedance, and neutral sound are common catchphrases and words that are used to describe the specs of a pair of headphones. This buyer's guide lists and explains the most important things you should consider before getting headphones in an easy to understand, jargon free manner.
The sound quality is definitely the most important thing that you should consider. However, different buyers happen to have different needs depending on the type of music one listens to. Moreover, the metric of a good headphone depends on how suitable the sound a headphone produces to the needs of a buyer. Customers who love listening to hip-hop and EDM music will need a pair of headphones that's bass-centric. If you're a fan of classical music, you will need a pair of headphones that has enough emphasis on mid and high frequencies. On the other hand, if you are an all-around music listener, you might need something that perfectly balances the bass, mid, and high frequencies. By and large, you have to find out what a particular pair of headphones is specifically good at.
On a different note, frequency response, the numbers with Hz at the end that nobody else can understand what they exactly indicate, is simply the spectrum sounds a headphone can produce. It may or may not indicate the sound quality a headphone produces. A wide range does not exactly mean it sounds great, so don’t be fooled.
It’s simply the amount of power it requires to run. If a headphone has 8-32 ohms of impedance, it’s classified under the low impedance category. This means that it can work with your phone or your laptop without the need of an amplifier. Headphones that have an impedance above 100 simply means that you will definitely need an amplifier for it to work. For headphones with an impedance between 32 and 100, they can function without the need of an amp, but this usually depends upon whether the device you’re using the headphones with has enough power to make it work. For example, iPhones usually can’t sustain headphones with an impedance level above 100.
A few things you should consider in a headphone's design:
Comfortability - You surely want to wear something that's comfortable. You might consider weight or whether it has a sufficiently cushioned earpad.
Closed/Open Back Design - The two differ in terms of two things: noise isolation and sound leaks. Closed back designs are usually better at blocking external noises and don’t leak the sound you’re listening to. Open back designs, on the other hand, allow you to hear some noise around you and are usually bad at keeping the fact that you’re a Bieber fan quiet since the person next to you can actually hear “Baby,” the track you’re tuned into.
Most headphones are collapsible, which basically means you can fold them inwards so that they take up the least possible space. Some headphones come with a hard case to store them in.
This depends upon your taste in design. Some are big fans of the hip and youthful design of Beats headphones, while others want the chic and laid-back headphone design that doesn't scream of coolness. Other headphones are not so attractive but sound great. It's up to you to decide what matters: looks or sound quality?
High-end bass headphones can cost hundreds of dollars, so deciding on the right headphones to purchase is no laughing matter. As a tech savvy person, it has been a common practice for many people, some of which are my friends, to seek recommendation for tech products, including bass headphones. Hence, I decided to write this article to shed some light for potential buyers who are willing to spend some cash on a quality headphone.
So, how do I exactly come up with my top ten picks? It definitely wasn’t easy. The first step was to define my criteria for judging headphones. In this list, four important qualities in evaluating a headphone’s worthiness was used: sound quality, design, extras, and the price. The criteria were derived from thorough research on what makes a good pair of headphones, according to tech experts.
After defining the criteria, I personally listed the products available in online stores and then began the tedious task of trimming down the list by again researching its specs and reading reviews from previous customers. After a sizeable list was created, I personally tested the products for a first-hand experience of each headphone’s comfort, build, and sound. The final ten products were then selected based on my careful deliberation of each product’s sound quality, design, extras, and price.
V-Moda’s headphones appeal mostly to bass lovers looking for a bass-centric sonic experience. The V-Moda Crossfade 100, the company’s new flagship product, seems to court both audiophiles and bass lovers alike.
Here’s a brief round-up of the cool things that make V-Moda Crossfade awesome:
Overall, we loved this headphone's strong build, its attractive design, and its detailed,bass-centric sound quality.
The JVC HA-SZ2000 is specifically designed to produce hard, heart-pounding bass. A summary of its bass capacity is listed below:
The bass output for this headphone is its greatest strength. However, audiophiles may not be completely satisfied with this headphone since it does not guarantee a sonically detailed output. Furthermore, there are a few more caveats you must consider:
By and large, this headphone is a solid choice for bass lovers. The bass is impressively powerful but other sonic details might not be registered by this headphone.
The Audio Technica ATH M50X offers no aesthetic frills and places utter priority on sound quality. Its often regarded as the anti-thesis of the Beats headphone.
M50X's is designed primarily for audiophiles. It offers a balanced, accurate and a textured sound. The audio fidelity is quite satisfactory. Sound imaging is okay, but still needs to be improved.
In a nutshell, it’s a headphone that mostly offers nothing else but a satisfactory sound quality. It does not bother to please customers who are aesthetic-savvy.
Sennheirsser Momentum is a bass headphone that offers a decent design and a satisfactory sound quality. As usual, I’ll give you a quick round-up of this headphone’s design, sound quality, and accessories.
By and large, its a great headphone that is audiophile-friendly and one that cares enough about its aesthetic presentation.
Beats headphones are one of the most (if not the most) recognizable headphone in the market right now. The Beats Solo 2 is generally just a wireless version of its predecessors. I'll give you a quick run through to its pros and cons.
It still has the signature sound of Beats that is great when it comes to heart-thumping bass, but it’s more controlled so it doesn’t overpower the other details. It’s more balanced and can reproduce decent tremble frequencies. However, it’s not exactly the kind of headphone you would like if you’re a classical music fan or a musical detail-Nazi. the The sound is fairly competitive but not stellar.
In summary, the Beats Solo 2's primary strength still lies in the aesthetics department. Soundwise, its a great headphone for bass lovers but meticulous audiophiles may find its sound quality to be average.
Bose QC25 is a high-quality headphone designed especially for travelers who are looking for a reliable noise-cancelling headphone. It’s arguably one of the best noise-cancelling headphones that are currently on the market. As usual, I’ll give you a quick summary of its design, sound quality, and its other features.
Bose QC25’s sound is good with a forward sound that features a tight bass and a modicum amount of clarity with the treble notes. Holistically, it can deliver great sound, although not as good as other headphones that are specifically built for audiophiles. This is an obvious trade-off considering that its noise cancelling feature does come with a price tag.
It’s reliable and powerful enough to block noises from a noisy city or a roaring aircraft engine.
In the end, the greatest selling point the QC25 has is its great noise-cancelling capacity. However, this particular feature may entail some major costs.
From the Sony Walkman to Hi-Fi headphones, this list would not be complete without a Sony product in it. Continuing to uphold its impeccable reputation, the Sony MDR-1R is one of the top brands in the headphone market. As usual, let’s take a peek on its specs:
This Sony headphone looks hip and elegant. It weighs about 240 grams, which adheres to the average weight for over-ear headphones. Its earcups can move 90 degrees horizontally and 20 degrees vertically, just enough to adjust it to your head. The inner part of the earcup, though, may touch your ears but it’s pretty much manageable. Overall, it’s comfortable with just enough pressure to hold it on your head. It’s mostly made up of plastic, like most other headphones, and the build looks better than average.
Sony MDR-1R offer a great, audiophile-centric sound quality. It offers a rich, detailed, and highly textured sound. You can actually hear vivid sounds of guitar, percussions, drums etc. as separate instruments rather than a convoluted, distorted mixture of sound signals. The bass is also fairly clear and crisp with enough thumping power. It’s also a solid headset for movie viewing. The sound effects and the dialogues are in a full HD mode with this headphone.
In a nutshell, the Sony MDR-1R offers a high quality sound alongside with a fair amount of comfort and durability.
The Philips Rich Bass is a low-end headphone that offers a modicum amount of bass. It has neckband design, which may or may not be comfortable enough for its users.
Design wise, it looks hip enough but not really that cool. If you’re used to wearing large, over-ear headphones, the neckband design can feel very bizarre to you. It can also be uncomfortable, especially for people with bigger heads, since the neckband has a fixed length (approximately 13 inches). However, the degree of comfort continues to be a grey area, regardless of the headphone because there is no such thing as universally comfortable or uncomfortable headphone.
The Philips Rich Bass is capable of delivering decent bass and treble clarity. It’s nothing like your V-Moda 100 or your Sennheiser headphones, but it can deliver a decent sound. Speaking of sounds, an important caveat you should probably take note of is the fact that its sound can leak. With heavy volume levels, other people might discover that you are a closeted Britney Spears fan.
As for the accessories, it comes with a 1.5 meter cable, but our testers reported that it’s susceptible to breaking. It also does not have a mic, so it’s exclusively for listening music.
Overall, it’s a fairly decent pair of headphones with a few hiccups. Considering that its a low-end headphone, these hiccups are forgivable.
The Sennheiser 201 is another low-end product from Sennheisser that is mostly targeted to casual music listeners.
While it is a product from Sennheiser, you may consider lowering your expectations because this low-end model does not come up to par with the demands of an avid audiophile. However, its sound quality is still decently clean and balanced, enough to satisfy most casual listeners. The only issue, though, is with its volume. We wished that the max volume could have been a bit louder to counter external noises. Other than that, it sounds good.
As for the design, it is quite innocuous since there’s nothing extraordinary or anything that’s offensive about it. It’s pretty much like your regular over-ear headphones you usually associate with DJs.
The Koss Portaphone Headphone is one of the oldest (if not the oldest) headphone that is still in the market today. It was originally released in 1984, and the overall design, technology and built has not changed since it was first released.
It certainly does look like it came from the ancient civilization, but it is oddly comfortable. Koss has a design they call the ‘comfort zone’ which features a mechanical tool that allows you to adjust the clamping pressure of the headphone against your head. The earpads are also sufficiently cushioned. It’s also ultra-portable because of its collapsible headband which you can easily place in the case that comes with it. It looks different, but it’s comfortable.
The Koss Portapro Headphone is arguably one of the most overlooked headphones on the market today. It offers a balanced and crisp bass and a detailed and highly textured mids and highs. Its overall sound quality is inclined to pleasing audiophiles.
Top Pick: V-Moda Crossfade 100
The V-Moda Crossfade 100 is our top pick from our shortlist because of its harmonious combination of a strong built, a chic design and a great sound quality. In terms of design, the CliqFold design allows it to endure countless instances of neglect from the owner and makes it a durable pair of bass headphones.
The most important thing about the Crossfade 100 is its versatile sound capacity. It has a powerful and punchy bass, and it’s also capable of emphasizing mid and high frequencies. It’s a bass headphone with a unique sensitivity to an audiophile’s sensibility.
Audio Technica ATH- M50X also is worthy of recognition because of its sound quality that is arguably equally good, if not better than, that of the V-Moda Crossfade 100. Like the Crossfade 100, its sound also has an emphasis on the bass. It’s also versatile because it can effectively deliver crisp and detailed treble registers. It’s a professional monitoring headphone and audiophiles who like a bit more bass won’t be disappointed with this pair of headphones, in terms of sound. However, it falls behind in terms of its design and its feature set.
Lastly, the JVC HA-SZ2000 also needs to be recognized for the unique bassy experience it can provide. Since it is built and designed to be a subwoofer in the shape of a headphone, its capable of producing powerful, heart-thumping bass drops and rhythms. However, other than the big, fat bass it consistently delivers, there’s nothing much to tell.
Walter J. Farrell is an accountant who is very passionate about sharing his knowledge on high tech gadgets. He started AuthorityAdviser to help people know more about the products that are currently a hit in the market.