Bass describes the low-end spectrum of frequency response and ranges from 20Hz to 250HZ.
It is the deep and heavy tones in your music, like low rumbles, kick drums and bass instruments. Depending on your listening taste, well-balanced bass is essential for optimal audio reproduction.
For bass performance, we measure the low-bass, mid, and high-bass frequency response, then use these values to test for the standard error of the bass reproduction.
When it matters
Some music genres, such as EDM, hip-hop, rock, dubstep, etc., are arranged to be bass-heavy. Headphones with great bass performance reproduce the bass spectrum of a track as it was arranged.
An over-hyped bass profile will cause the bass in some tracks to overpower the mids and highs, which might not suit everyone's listening taste. Inversely, an under-hyped bass profile will cause bass in some tracks to sound hollow and feel lacking, especially if the tracks didn't have much bass to begin with.
However, personal taste is important when making a selection, as different bass profiles suit different listeners. Also, the importance of bass depends on listening activity. Movies, for example, require more bass than podcasts or audiobooks.
Best Bass Headphones
Best For Accurate Bass
The JBL Everest Elite 700 have an excellent Bass Range performance. The response is basically flat and virtually flawless, which gives them one of the most accurate representations of bass with respect to our target curve. This means the bass won't be overpowered or lacking and should be great with most tracks. The only remarks are the slight mismatch between L/R drivers in low-bass, which won't be audible.
Best for Heavy Bass
The Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 have a good bass that extended down to 10Hz. So if you want a headphone that will kick and rumble with your bass-heavy tracks, then the Backbeat Pro 2 are a good option. They sound exciting and they perform well enough in the midrange to not completely drown the instruments and vocals. However, low-bass is significantly overemphasized and could sound a bit boomy if the source material is already bass-heavy.
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