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The 6 Best Earbuds For Bass - Winter 2023 Reviews

Best Earbuds For Bass

If you consider yourself a bass-head and love the thump and rumble of genres like hip-hop or EDM, picking the right headphones for your listening experience is important. You want headphones with deep bass that packs enough punch to be enjoyable without overpowering the rest of the mix. Headphones with great bass can help keep you pumped during your workouts, but bulky over-ears usually aren’t the best choice. Earbuds or in-ears are more portable and breathable, making them better suited for working out.

We’ve bought and tested over 270 earbuds and in-ears, and below are our picks for the best wireless earbuds with bass. These picks aren't necessarily the ones that scored highest in the bass category, but rather the ones with the most enjoyable bass performance overall. Even if their bass is over our target curve, they don’t sacrifice too much detail or clarity. For more product recommendations, check out the best earbuds, the best wireless earbuds, and the best earbuds with a mic.

  1. Best Earbuds For Bass

    The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3 are the best earbuds for bass we've tested. They have a bass-heavy sound profile that delivers extra thump, warmth, and boom to mixes. Although their treble is a bit recessed, vocals and lead instruments are still clear and present in mixes. You can also use the companion app's 3-band graphic EQ and presets to add even more bass or personalize the audio to your liking. While the square shape of the stability fins isn't the most comfortable, they come in three different sizes to help you find the right fit for your ears.

    These buds last eight hours continuously, and their carrying case holds an extra three charges if you need it. They also have a great active noise-canceling (ANC) system that cuts down the low rumble of engines during a commute. That said, if you prioritize an even higher level of noise isolation, you'll want to consider the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II Truly Wireless. These top-of-the-line buds do a fantastic job of reducing background noise, but they don't feel as well-built or last as long on a single charge.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range Earbuds For Bass

    For those craving a bass-heavy sound at a lower price point than our premium top pick, check out the JBL Live Pro+ TWS True Wireless. These headphones have a bass-heavy sound profile that delivers intense boom and warmth to the mix. However, they sound muddier than the higher-end Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3, which have a more neutral sound profile. Luckily, they have a parametric EQ and presets to help you fine-tune their sound. They also have high Bluetooth latency on PCs, Android, and iOS devices, meaning your audio and visuals will be out of sync.

    These headphones are comfortable. With various tip sizes included, it's easy to find one that makes a tight seal with your ear canal, meaning people won't hear what you're listening to, even at a moderately high volume. Their active noise cancelling (ANC) system also does a great job of blocking out the low rumble of bus engines you'd typically hear while commuting. With their ANC on, they last just under seven hours continuously, and their carrying case holds three extra charges.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Earbuds For Bass

    If you're looking for something a bit more affordable, you'll want to consider the Anker Soundcore Space A40 Truly Wireless. These comfortable buds have a warm sound profile out of the box, which adds extra boom to your mixes. That's not the only ace up their sleeve, though. They offer a ton of extra features, like app compatibility with a graphic EQ and presets to help you customize their sound to your liking. They also support LDAC, which is Sony's proprietary codec designed for Hi-Res audio.

    Thanks to their adaptive ANC system, they outperform the JBL Live Pro+ TWS True Wireless when blocking out background noise. They can tackle the low rumble of bus engines as well as ambient chatter very effectively. With their ANC on, they last over eight hours continuously, and their carrying case supplies an extra four charges. If that's not enough, they support multi-device pairing, meaning you can stay connected to your PC and smartphone simultaneously.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Earbuds For Bass

    The Sony WI-XB400 EXTRA BASS Wireless are the best wireless earbuds with bass at a budget price point. As the name indicates, they have a strong bass-boosted sound profile that delivers a good amount of thump and rumble for their cost. The rest of the mix is well-balanced, meaning that vocals and instrumentals aren't overpowered by the bass. Unfortunately, their low price means they lack features like companion app support and an EQ, compared to more expensive models like the Anker Soundcore Space A40 Truly Wireless.

    Their battery provides around 19.5 hours of battery on a single charge, so you don't need to recharge during a 9-5 workday. They're well built for the price and have decent stability in-ear. There's no ANC, but they do a good job of passively isolating you from mid-range noise, like ambient conversations. However, they struggle to isolate you from low-bass noise, like the rumble of bus engines during a commute.

    See our review

  5. Best Cheap Earbuds For Bass

    If you're on a shoestring budget, then check out the JLab Audio GO Air POP True Wireless. At this price point, you'd expect to see similarly barebones earbuds as the Sony WI-XB400 EXTRA BASS Wireless. However, these colorful buds have a couple of built-in EQ presets to help you adjust their boomy, rumbly sound to suit your tastes. They're also surprisingly well-built and are certified IPX4 for resistance against splashes of water, making them a durable choice.

    These buds last over 19 hours continuously. If you need to top them up, their carrying case has an additional three charges. Even though they don't have ANC, they can block out a decent amount of ambient noise. They're not the best choice if you want to reduce commuter noise like bus engines, but they're a solid pick for the office since they can cut down sounds like coworker chit-chat and the hum of AC units well.

    See our review

  6. Best Sports Earbuds For Bass

    Looking for sports earbuds with enough thump and boom to keep you pumped up while working out? The Sony WF-SP800N Truly Wireless are the best we've tested. Although they're a bit bulky in design, they're built to stay in your ear during intense workouts, thanks to their stability fin design. They also have good comfort if you don't mind a deeper in-ear fit. While their overemphasized bass muddies mixes, they're compatible with the Sony|Headphones Connect companion app, giving you access to a graphic EQ to personalize your sound.

    With an IP55 rating for dust and water resistance and a nine-hour battery life with an extra full charge in the case, they'll last through an all-day outdoor excursion without much issue. They even have an auto-off timer, which is handy if you forget to turn them off. However, unlike the similarly-priced JBL Live Pro+ TWS True Wireless, their ANC has an unremarkable performance, so they're not great for noisy gyms.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Sony WF-1000XM4 Truly Wireless: The Sony WF-1000XM4 Truly Wireless are premium buds with a warm and boomy sound profile. They lack a thumpy low-bass, though, and their ANC performance is weaker than the Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3. See our review
  • Jabra Elite Active 75t Truly Wireless: The Jabra Elite Active 75t Truly Wireless are well-built headphones with a very thumpy and punchy sound. The sound profile isn't as balanced as our upper mid-range pick, the JBL Live Pro+ TWS True Wireless, meaning your mix is less clear. Also, their mic has mediocre noise handling, which can be frustrating if you're taking a call from a busy street. See our review
  • Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless: The Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless are bass-heavy earbuds with a similar level of customization as the Anker Soundcore Space A40 Truly Wireless. However, they don't support multi-device pairing, and their continuous battery life isn't as good. See our review
  • 1More Triple Driver: The 1More Triple Driver are wired earbuds with a bare-bones design and a well-balanced sound profile that delivers punchy, boomy bass. They're a comparable wired alternative to the Sony WI-XB400 EXTRA BASS Wireless, but users have reported receiving electric shocks from their units. See our review
  • Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless: The Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless aren't as bass-heavy as our sports pick, the Sony WF-SP800N Truly Wireless, but they're a great set of buds for fitness. They're very comfortable but don't have any customization options to fine-tune their sound. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jan 23, 2023: We've added the JLab Audio GO Air POP True Wireless as 'Best Cheap Earbuds For Bass' and replaced the Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless with the Anker Soundcore Space A40 Truly Wireless.

  2. Nov 15, 2022: Overhauled the categories and Notable Mentions of this article to better align with user needs.

  3. Jul 26, 2022: We've replaced the Jabra Elite Active 75t Truly Wireless with the Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3 as the Sennheiser offer a more versatile overall performance. We've revamped the titles of our picks for clarity and added the Sony WF-1000XM4 Truly Wireless to Notable Mentions.

  4. Apr 29, 2022: We've removed the Sony WI-SP600N Wireless from the Notable Mentions as they're no longer available. There have also been minor updates to the text for accuracy.

  5. Mar 02, 2022: Replaced the Jabra Elite Active 75t Truly Wireless with the JBL Live Pro+ TWS True Wireless as the JBL have a slightly better overall performance. Also added the Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless as 'Best Earbuds For Bass Under $100'.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best bassy-heavy earbuds to buy for most people in each price range. We factor in the price (cheaper headphones win over pricier ones 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 and 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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