All About That Bass
I’ve ranked my HPs by the ability to dig deep. See pic (from L toR). C’mon y’all...whatcha got?
1) Fostex TR TX00 2) ZMF Aeolus 3) Sennheiser HD 6XX 4) Mr. Speakers AFO 5) Kennerton Magister Pro
thumb_upGregManningMusic, rastus, and 10 others

Mar 25, 2020
Not me buddy--I'm all about the trout, the trout, the trout!

Mar 27, 2019
Nobody giving the shp9500 mods any love?! Go closed back mod and enjoy this profile. :D
Mar 24, 2019
This is beautiful. Invite me over for a listening party.
Mar 15, 2019
Beyer DT1770 Pro, Fostex TH 900, Fostex T20, Argon MK3
Sep 19, 2019
Which is the best ?
Mar 14, 2019
For me: 1) Campfire Cascade - Underappreciated and not talked enough about. Great low-end response while not losing clarity. Most of the time, don't need EQ to get stupid bass from these. With just a bit added in the sub-bass region, these are cheek/tooth rattlers while still maintaining most of their resolution. Just too much damn fun when the mood strikes. 2) Campfire Atlas - Yes, for an IEM, they hit so hard. Tons of sub-bass goodness. With EQ, it feels like my eyeballs are vibrating. It's intense. 3) TR-X00 Ebony's - Extends very well for certain tracks but lacks the oomph of the TH900 so my opinion of them are a bit skewed despite liking them more overall to the TH900. EQ on these are fun but muddies up everything else to not be feasible all the time. 4) Focal Elegia - Nice extension and clean, but lacks quantity unless EQ'd. Luckily, they respond well to EQ and can shake your cheeks nicely. 5) AudioQuest Nightowl - Very similar to the Elegia, good extension and clean lows, just lacks that added oomph without EQ. Can also turn your cheeks to jelly with little effort. Ranker lower as the Elegia have better technicalities overall by comparison. Super fun song for testing those lows I like to use: Three Ralphs - DJ Shadow
Jun 28, 2020
Do you think the cascades are better than the x00?
Jul 11, 2020
Nah i don't think so
Mar 13, 2019
Fostex TH900 had bass quality and quantity, if TX00 anything likes it, i would pick that. Mrspeaker is not known for heavy bass, the aeon does seem to have a bit more than Ether line, but the refinement is not up to 100% Ether line (from what I read)
Mar 13, 2019
If it's just bass you're looking for JVC sz2000, its like having a woofer on your ears.
Mar 13, 2019
I only actually own 2 headphones, so this is easy.
  1. Audeze LCD-3
  2. Sennheiser HD 6XX
That being said, if you asked me about all headphones I have full impressions on, I think the best quality bass I heard had to be out of a system which had a Fostex TH-900. Note though that system was more "fun" than accurate (not necessarily a bad thing; I thoroughly enjoyed it)
When I get a moment I will throw out some comparisons... I won't be going through all 31 pairs however.
Sorry Ladies & Gents, been on the road a lot recently. Looking at the following for a comparison: HE500 Pro900 TH-X00 (MH) Audeze Sine Maybe the SoundMagic HP150 althought I don't pull that guy out much anymore. If anyone is intersted in Elex, DT990, T1 Gen1, HD650, sr325e or any IEM's let me know... don't feel like clogging up the thread with a list of all 31 pairs but own various Beyer, Sennheiser, Grado, Ultrasone, Hifiman, Sony amongst others.
Mar 5, 2019
kind of pointless if you dont post your source gear
Mar 6, 2019
STAX of course is on it's own different setup, but all the others are compared from a single dynamic/planar rig setup. My e-stat rig is laptop running FOOBAR ->RME ADI-2 DAC -> NAD C275BEE stereo amp -> Mjolnir Audio SRD-7 electrostatic transformer -> e-stats My dynamic/planar rig is laptop running FOOBAR -> Schiit EITR -> Gustard X20U DAC -> Schiit Loki (bypassed for all these headphones)-> modded Gustard H10 amp (thermal mods & Burson V6 Vivid single/Classic dual opamps (2 of each used) -> headphones
Mar 6, 2019
I hear ya. My intent wasn’t to start a pointless post :). I’m inviting others to A/B their HPs (by rank & file) according to their own perception of their headphones sound signature...with the low end being the targeted focus. I finally had the time to do so and was suprised by what I heard. This sparked the post. Bring whatever you’ve’s your party. I used a WA8 this example...but I’ve found my HPs to be fairly consistent when contrasted against other HPs in tonal quality (no matter the amp/source). I’m aware that an amp ‘may’ color the sound....but the tuning of the HP doesn’t change dramatically...particularly with solid state amps. Albeit I’m sure others will disagree...& that’s ok. For example...the Fostex TR X00 HPs pack a pretty mean matter what I connect ‘em to in my experience. I have an Oppo 205, a Headamp Gilmore MK2, & naim Atom. If there’s enough headroom on tap...they (headphones) all boogie across the dance floor. The Fostex reign on the low end when constrasted against ‘others’ in my HP stable. The HPs pictured are ALL great HPs...each having quality bass in a unique well as other dynamic qualities...the Fostex’s just dig deeper...even when I switch between amps. I don’t know that listing my gear adds any real value to the intent of comparing your own headphones bass signature from your own source of choice. I figured those inclined to try...will undoubtedly rank their headphones through their own sources...whatever it may No matter our’s a good way to appreciate what you have on hand...and enjoy the differences, similarities & everything in between when listening to’s all good.
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