What makes for a good set of bass earbuds?
To decide on the best bass earbuds, you will want to know what type of bass you want. Usually, one earphone is never perfect for doing all jobs. That’s why I always have at least one set of bass-enhanced earphones in my arsenal to give me more depth in the low end than a lot of my more balanced “audiophile” earphones like the Campfire Audio Andromeda can deliver.
When choosing bassy earbuds, the focus is on having the best low end, with the rest of the spectrum (mids, highs) being less of a priority. That doesn’t mean you have to go off and get trashy-sounding upper frequencies; plenty of earbuds can deliver big bass and remain composed.
Personally, in a set of bass-heavy earphones, I want a deep, growling sub-bass extension with a big slam to fit in with the beat drops on industrial and electronic music. I am looking to get as much sub-bass whilst still retaining good speed and some detail on the low end.
Other people are looking for a little bit of extra weight over what you find in balanced IEM’s but want a lot of texture and speed. It’s a personal preference and, in large part, comes down to the types of music you intend on listening to.
Best for Rock, Classical & Jazz
Rock, classical, and jazz will all have bass. It’s just that it might not be as emphasized as it is in other genres. In these music classes, bass usually becomes more of a background, whereas, in a lot of modern music, the bass is the emphasized point with deep drops and heavy hits.
So, in this case, you would be looking for earbuds whose bass comes across as detailed, speedy, and with minimal bleed (smothering of other frequencies) into the midrange.
From this list, I would suggest looking at the FLC8, Audio Technica’s, and Mangird Xenns Up or looking at some of our other top 10 and list articles for a good set of all-rounder earphones.
What if your main genres are Rap, Hip-Hop, EDM, Electronica, and Dubstep?
The emphasis and enjoyment in Rap, HipHop, and electronic have much to do with the bass. It usually plays a far bigger part in the composition of a song and stands more in the ground than you will find in rock and classical. In that sense, any of these earphones will be perfect for you.
They will give you some of the best expansion of the low end and some of the largest quantities of bass. Sub-bass is not easy to recreate in a small driver-in-ear headphone, but these are the best way to create that big speaker rumble in a portable form factor.