Here’s a list of the best bass earbuds for those of you who love to hear music that maxes out on bass like nobody’s business. We’ve picked out a wide range of earbuds that perform their task well and also fit into all sorts of budgets, so we have the bases covered. Gathered together in no particular order, here are your best earbud options from the top names in the business –
1. Jays a-Jays One+
Some may complain about this one taking its bass earbud headphones status too seriously, but if you’re totally into dubstep, rap and the likes, we won’t hear you whining at all. While the design of the housings lacks character, the rest of it has a nice flattened sort of construct, like a-Jays One+ meets ironing board. A universal remote and mic can be found some way down the flat, 45-inch cable and it all ends in a cool L-shaped, silver-plated 3.5mm plug with personality. The company touts a frequency response of 20Hz to 18000Hz, 16 ohms of impedance, 8.6mm dynamic speakers and 95dB/1KHz sensitivity for this $49 peripheral.
2. Shure SE535
Alright, so the Shure SE535 is something we’re more likely to want for Christmas considering that it’s the festive season and splurging is not one of the seven deadly sins at this time of year. The earbuds are charming to behold, with the 64-inch, black, detachable cables and tips accentuated by gold housings. And wonder not about how the music will sound through the twin drivers and tweeter lodged in each side. The sensitivity is quoted at 119dB SPL/mW and the frequency range as 18Hz to 19KHz. But what the accessory makes up in beauty, it takes away with the $439 tag.
3. Sennheiser CX 300B MK II
How could we talk about earbud headphones or any other kind of audio gear without mentioning Sennheiser. The company’s in it, real deep. The CX 300B MK II is a $37.15 length of boring black with a bit of color at the tips and a gold-plated 3.5mm plug. There may mixed reviews about how it handles low frequency sound, but the trick lies in your hands. That’s right, only you can choose the optimum fit from the S, M and L tips bundled into the package. Once you’ve fidgeted around and found the right size for you, it’s sound isolation and a high of vocals at their richest details. Dynamic speakers, a 19Hz to 21000Hz frequency range and 113dB SPL sensitivity are listed among the specs.
4. Bowers & Wilkins C5
Bowers & Wilkins has a rather interestingly built pair of earbuds to its credit – the C5. And how they thump! Helping along the acoustic drama that unfolds in your cranium are the snug fitting, noise isolating tips and small Secure Loop bands which keep everything in place. The audio escaping the peripheral is reproduced to the highs, lows and mids very faithfully and you can keep the pieces glued on for long periods of time without experiencing any sort of discomfort. Integrating 9mm drivers, the accessory renders 32 ohms of impedance, 10Hz to 20KHz frequency response, less than 1% THD, and 118dB/V at 1kHz sensitivity. You’ll have to pay dearly for the technology, or $214.50 to be precise.
5. Sony MDR-XB60EX
This is one of our top favorites when it comes to bass earbud headphones which play out those roof-shaking notes without trouble. Retailing in gold, silver and black, the pair can be snatched up for $35. There are 4 sets of hybrid silicone tips as well as 3 pairs of noise-isolating tips which make their way into the final pack. The parts that go into your head are angled away from the domed housings, with each of the latter embedding 13.5mm drivers and delivering a frequency response of 4Hz to 25,000Hz. The cable attaching you to your player or smartphone measures 1.2m in length. The impedance and sensitivity are mentioned at 16 ohms and 105dB/mW, respectively.
6. JVC HA-FX3X Xtreme Xplosives
The utilitarian exterior screams how heavy duty these JVC earbud headphones are. With a double X to mark just how ‘Xtremely Xplosive’ it can get, the design is all black and ruddy red, trailing along a 1.2m cable. And the construct is just as tough as it looks, with rubber and aluminum mostly doing the talking. It’s of the most efficient in this roster if you like your deeps slightly overdone. But that doesn’t mean it drowns out the rest of the frequencies. 10mm neodymium drivers power the unit and the frequency response ranges from 5Hz to 23000Hz. A carrying case, 3 pairs of silicone tips and a cord keeper are sold along with this $60 add-on.
7. Klipsch Image S4 II
Getting a high rating for comfort above anything else, the Klipsch Image S4 II is also proficient at noise isolation and highlighting low frequency tones in the music you’re listening to. The overall build may be pretty ho-hum, but never judge a pair of earbud headphones by their housings. The $60 accessory drags along a flat, tangle-resistant cable and a 3.5mm connector. It arrives painted in black or white with chrome highlights and with 4 sets of tips. The only issue with it is a wee bit of cable noise if whatever you’re doing causes the cord to swing around wildly. Whether you choose the original pair or this iteration from Klipsch, the cozy fit and audio quality are the same.
8. Etymotic Research hf5
If you can’t imagine buying a pair of bass earbud headphones without absolute noise isolation, we couldn’t show you anything much better than the Etymotic Research hf5. For $145, you can get this unusually chipped out audio gear with assorted tips, a carrying pouch as well as filters and a tool for changing them. Black, cobalt and ruby are your color choices here and the company promises 35dB to 42dB of sound isolation. The device proffers 105dB SPL sensitivity at 1KHz at 0.1mV and a 20Hz to 15KHz frequency response range. Be warned that balanced acoustics is more of its game as opposed to squeezing out cage-rattling sound.
9. Bose SIE2i
Try the Bose SIE2i on for size if it’s a bass earbud solution for sports that you’re actually after. The music capabilities of the device get a kick from a dose of low frequency boost that is so effective, unless you’re exercising or jogging in really noisy environments, you shouldn’t miss out the nuances of any song you’re listening to. What’s more, it has a water- and sweat-resistant design so you don’t have to worry about soiling the exterior. The $150 device is boxed with an extension cable, a clothing clip, 3 pairs of StayHear tips and a Reebok fitness band to match the green, blue, orange or purple color option you decide to pick. There’s a SIE2 variant without the in-line microphone and it’s pegged at $120.
10. Phiaton Moderna MS 200
Assuming some of you are hunting down earbud headphones that boom out low frequency notes at the right levels, the beautifully constructed Moderna MS 200 should serve the purpose very well. It’s all about balanced audio and less about letting any particular note dominate over another. In other words, you’ll be able to enjoy your music exactly as the artist intended it to be heard. The $90.75 pair sells with RightFit silicone and Comply Memory Foam tips as well as regular ones in XM, S, M and L sizes. The classic red and black color combination on the chassis is matched by the leather carrying case it ships with.
We hope our array of the best bass earbuds hit the right notes with regards to cost (prices for all except JH16 Pro are taken from Amazon) and acoustic quality. Is there a pair you’d pick over any of the options we’ve jotted down above? Do tell us about in the comments section below.