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The 6 Best Earbuds For Bass - Fall 2018
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Best Earbuds for Bass
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If you’re a bass head and like bass-heavy music, picking the right headphones for your listening experience is important. If you’re also looking for headphones to use during your workouts to keep you going, bulky over-ears might not be the best choice; go with earbuds or in-ears for a more portable format. It’s important that the bass doesn’t overpower the rest of the mix and lose overall sound quality.

We’ve tested 76 earbuds and in-ears so far and below are our best picks for the bass earbuds to buy. These picks are not necessarily the ones who scored higher in the bass category box, but rather the ones who have great and enjoyable bass performance, even if it is overemphasized over our target curve, without sacrificing too much detail. See also our recommendations for the best earbuds and the best earbuds for sound.

  1. Best Earbuds For Bass: Jaybird X4

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

    Test Benches:

    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2017
    • 0.9: Winter 2016
    7.0
    Mixed Usage
    What it is: This is the combination of the different use cases to evaluate how versatile the headphones are. Therefore an everyday headphone should be well-rounded enough to adapt to most situations and environments without significant losses in sound quality, design ergonomics or isolation.
    Score components:
    7.1
    Critical Listening
    What it is: The level of audio fidelity a headphone can reproduce. Therefore a balanced and true representation of bass, mids, treble, soundstage and imaging, as well as a comfortable listening experience, is essential for critical listening.
    Score components:
    7.3
    Commute/Travel
    What it is: How well the headphones handle the loud environments involved in commuting or traveling. Therefore your listening experience should be comfortable, hassle-free and as isolated from noise as possible.
    Score components:
    8.0
    Sports/Fitness
    What it is: How well-adapted the headphones are, to use while doing sports or strenuous exercise. Therefore the headphones should not be too cumbersome and deliver a stable and comfortable listening experience.
    Score components:
    7.2
    Office
    What it is: How well the headphones can deliver a comfortable and isolated listening experience in an office-like environment. They should not leak much and should block the noise of a busy office.
    Score components:
    5.4
    TV
    Score components:
    5.1
    Gaming
    Score components:
    Type : In-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : Yes
    Noise-Cancelling : No
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Dynamic

    The best earbuds for bass we’ve reviewed so far are the Jaybird X4. They have a deep and punchy bass by default, but they are also compatible with the MySound app which gives you access to a great EQ so you can customize your sound to your liking. These headphones don’t have a typical in-ear fit and are designed more like earbuds as they don’t enter your ear canal as deeply, making them more comfortable.

    Their battery life is around 7 hours, so you might have to charge them daily if you use them at work, but if you use them for sports or commuting, they’ll last a few days. They have an IPX7 rating, so they should be sweat and water resistant.

    Unfortunately, their battery life is not the best, and since they are wireless, they won’t be suitable for watching video content because of their high latency. They also come with a proprietary charging cradle that is restrictive and that you always need on you to charge them. On the upside, they come with multiple fit options for you to find the best fit and are great for sports. You can also look at the Jabra Elite Active 65t for a truly wireless option with customizable sound, but they are pricier.

    See our review

  2. Noise Cancelling Alternative: Bose QuietControl 30

    Type : Earbuds
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : Yes
    Noise-Cancelling : Yes
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Dynamic

    If you want noise cancelling earbuds, get the Bose QuietControl30. They have a powerful ANC feature that blocks a great amount of ambient noise and a good, well-balanced sound that packs a lot of bass. They are less portable than the Jaybird X4 since they have an around-the-neck design, but they have a better 11-hour battery life and have NFC support for quicker and easier pairing.

    Even if they have a thick rubberized coating, it seems to peel off after a couple of months of use, which is disappointing. They are also wireless, so they have high latency, and the neckband design won’t be for everyone, and their app lacks features. Nevertheless, the earbud design is very comfortable, and they come with a nice hard case. If you don’t care much for noise canceling but would like more portable Bose headphones with great bass, get the truly wireless SoundSport Free.

    See our review

  3. Best Wired Earbuds For Bass: 1More Triple Driver In-Ear

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

    Test Benches:

    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2017
    • 0.9: Winter 2016
    6.8
    Mixed Usage
    What it is: This is the combination of the different use cases to evaluate how versatile the headphones are. Therefore an everyday headphone should be well-rounded enough to adapt to most situations and environments without significant losses in sound quality, design ergonomics or isolation.
    Score components:
    7.1
    Critical Listening
    What it is: The level of audio fidelity a headphone can reproduce. Therefore a balanced and true representation of bass, mids, treble, soundstage and imaging, as well as a comfortable listening experience, is essential for critical listening.
    Score components:
    6.8
    Commute/Travel
    What it is: How well the headphones handle the loud environments involved in commuting or traveling. Therefore your listening experience should be comfortable, hassle-free and as isolated from noise as possible.
    Score components:
    7.4
    Sports/Fitness
    What it is: How well-adapted the headphones are, to use while doing sports or strenuous exercise. Therefore the headphones should not be too cumbersome and deliver a stable and comfortable listening experience.
    Score components:
    6.6
    Office
    What it is: How well the headphones can deliver a comfortable and isolated listening experience in an office-like environment. They should not leak much and should block the noise of a busy office.
    Score components:
    6.0
    TV
    Score components:
    6.7
    Gaming
    Score components:
    Type : In-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : No
    Noise-Cancelling : No
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Hybrid

    If you watch a lot of movies and don’t want any latency issues with wireless headphones, get the wired 1More Triple Driver In-Ear. These are typical in-ear headphones that pack a deep and consistent bass, but also a great overall audio reproduction. The materials feel durable and more high-end than what their look suggests.

    You also won’t have to worry about battery life and charging them since they are simple, wired headphones and will work passively. It also means you won’t have any latency with these headphones, which is great for video content. They come with a surprising 9 tip options for you to find the most comfortable and stable fit.

    On the downside, you’ll be limited to the cable length, and the typical in-ear fit might not be the most comfortable one. If you want a wired pair of headphones with a comfortable earbud fit, we suggest the Bose SoundTrue Ultra In-Ear.

    See our review

  4. More durable alternative: KZ AS-10

    Type : In-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : No
    Noise-Cancelling : No
    Mic : No
    Transducer : Balanced Armature

    If you’re not confident in the 1More Triple Driver build quality but like the wired design, take a look at the better-built KZ AS-10. They have decently durable earbuds with a cool looking transparent casing, and the cable is braided and detachable. You can easily replace it if it breaks, which makes the AS-10 a bit more durable overall than typical in-ears, especially for their price.

    They sound great and are fairly comfortable. The earbud design is a bit larger than average, but their angled design suits the ear better. They also have great passive isolation but won’t offer the freedom of wireless headphones. Nevertheless, the KZ AS-10 are great wired headphones, and you won’t have to care for a battery life or latency issues.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget Earbuds For Bass: Anker Soundcore Spirit X

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

    Test Benches:

    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2017
    • 0.9: Winter 2016
    6.7
    Mixed Usage
    What it is: This is the combination of the different use cases to evaluate how versatile the headphones are. Therefore an everyday headphone should be well-rounded enough to adapt to most situations and environments without significant losses in sound quality, design ergonomics or isolation.
    Score components:
    6.9
    Critical Listening
    What it is: The level of audio fidelity a headphone can reproduce. Therefore a balanced and true representation of bass, mids, treble, soundstage and imaging, as well as a comfortable listening experience, is essential for critical listening.
    Score components:
    6.8
    Commute/Travel
    What it is: How well the headphones handle the loud environments involved in commuting or traveling. Therefore your listening experience should be comfortable, hassle-free and as isolated from noise as possible.
    Score components:
    7.8
    Sports/Fitness
    What it is: How well-adapted the headphones are, to use while doing sports or strenuous exercise. Therefore the headphones should not be too cumbersome and deliver a stable and comfortable listening experience.
    Score components:
    6.8
    Office
    What it is: How well the headphones can deliver a comfortable and isolated listening experience in an office-like environment. They should not leak much and should block the noise of a busy office.
    Score components:
    5.3
    TV
    Score components:
    5.1
    Gaming
    Score components:
    Type : In-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : Yes
    Noise-Cancelling : No
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Dynamic

    The best earbuds for bass in the budget category are the Anker Soundcore Spirit X. These wireless in-ear headphones are very versatile and have overemphasized bass, which is great for bass-heavy genres and for working out to keep you pumped. They have an ear-hook design that is very stable for most sports, and they come with multiple fit options for a comfortable design.

    They have a good 12-hour battery life that takes less than 2 hours to charge, which is great for in-ears in that price range. They also support Bluetooth 5.0, so you might get better wireless range and reliability than what we measured on our current test bench. They are also more sweat resistant than the similar Anker SoundBuds Curve.

    However, they have thin cables, and they aren’t the best at isolating noise passively, and like most Bluetooth headphones, they have high latency. On the upside, the Spirit X headphones offer one of the best value for your money and should suit most people.

    See our review

  6. Better Sounding Alternative: JBL Endurance Sprint

    Type : In-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : Yes
    Noise-Cancelling : No
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Dynamic

    If you like the ear-hook design of the Anker Soundcore Spirit X but are looking for a more balanced sounding alternative, without losing powerful bass, go with the JBL Endurance Sprint. They have a flashier look, and the ear-hooks are bigger than the Spirit X, but they isolate noise better. They have slightly worse battery life, but they have a touch-sensitive control scheme, which is a rare addition at this price range.

    Unfortunately, the control scheme is very sensitive, and it’s easy to register unwanted actions, which can get frustrating at times. They are also not the most comfortable headphones, but you might be able to find a nice fit with one of the tip options included. On the upside, they have an auto-off timer to save power and are also rated IPX7 for sweat and water resistance.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Jabra Elite Active 65t. A decently versatile truly wireless with a customizable sound so you can crank the bass all the way up. Their earbud design, however, won't be as comfortable for everyone. See our review
  • Jaybird Freedom. A lightweight and budget sports headphone with a customizable sound. The charging clip may be a deal breaker for some. See our review
  • JBL E25BT. A very budget wireless in-ear with a decent sound and a deep bass. Mediocre at best build quality. See our review
  • Bose SoundSport Wireless. Comfortable earbuds with a good wireless range. One of the best sounding earbuds but inconsistent durability and slightly bulky earbud design. See our review
  • Jaybird X3. A great overall performance with added customization options. Stable sports headphones but doesn't quite surpass the X4. See our review
  • Bose SoundTrue Ultra In-ear. Decent sound and great passive isolation. These earbuds tend to sound a bit dark and they're a bit pricey for what they offer. See our review
  • Sony WI-SP600N. A good sports in-ear with a noise canceling and a deep overemphasized bass. You can also customize their sound but they may not be the best value at their typical retail price. See our review
  • Samsung Level U Pro. A customizable wireless in-ear with a decent sound. Not as well built as the U Flex but a good alternative. See our review
  • KZ ZS10. A good alternative to the KZ AS10. Good build quality and a decent sound for the price. A bit too sharp on some tracks. See our review

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best earbud for bass to buy for most people in each price range. We factor in the price (a cheaper headphone wins over a pricier one if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors and availability (no headphones that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).

If you would like to choose for yourself, here is the list of all our reviews for earbuds/In-ear headphones. Be careful not to get caught up in the details. There are no perfect headphones. Personal taste, preference and listening habits will matter more in your selection.

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