Is there a headphone that provides powerful low end you can feel, without sacrificing the rest of the frequency response?
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I'm currently using DT 177X Go and DT 1990 Pro with SMSL SU-8 DAC and SMSL SP200 THX 888 amp. I used to have Sennheiser HD8 DJ headphones, which had extremely powerful sub-bass. But no amount of EQ'ing could fix their very recessed midrange and upper midrange. I just want headphones that have that powerful low end that actually vibrates through your skull at loud volumes. The DT 177X Go and DT 1990 Pro can't do that, instead they start to "complain" at loud volumes. They start rattling from being driven beyond their design limit. So I have to reign in the sub-bass in order to enjoy music loudly, which is very disappointing. There's no excitement to the bass because of that.
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There is like a 10db boost on the HD8's bass frequencies over just about anything else in the spectrum with lower treble being like 30db's down. This isn't a tonality you find often, the Denon 600 comes to mind but that has been discontinued for a while. Fostex 600/900 based cans and maybe some old LCD-2's are probably your best bet. If you are really after bass you can feel you are better off getting speakers.
pumpkin
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Jun 11, 2020
You want planars. Fostex T50RP. Argon's for a no brainier, or if you're a real audiophile, start tinkering and modding. You can make a T50 sound like a dream for what they cost. If you don't wanna go that route, tons of other options. They aren't cheap though, and they require lots of power.
pumpkin
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Jun 11, 2020
My T50's I have heavily modded and eq'd using peace gui. It takes a while to learn peace, but it's the best way that exists for windows to my knowledge. It's extremely powerful, and when paired with foobar2000, it will transform your music listening/library. The T50's do "roll off" but it's not really a roll off, more of that it has a mid-bass hump naturally. Obviously the freq response changes with each little mod I did. Then I tested it with a rig, then I eq'd to where I liked. I have 2 eq's that are only slightly different, but they're really great at where they're at. I don't mind answering any questions you have. LCD2's sound pretty good also, but I think for the money I'd rather get the LCD-X. Obviously this is out of the realm of massdrop stuff
jaxtrauma
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Jun 9, 2020
You really can't beat planars for bass thump. I have the HE-4XX and it slams.
OrionXavier
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Jun 9, 2020
I get conflicting opinions about planars though. Zeos refers to the Fostex T20RP as having "DAT low end, the ghetto amount." Yet another person told me they roll off SHARPLY at 100 Hz, so I don't see how that translates to "ghetto amount of bass." Unless you think bass and bass thump is around 100 Hz. I need that low end rumble, around 45 Hz and extending at least to 30 Hz without significant roll off, at loud volume. From the reviews I've seen so far, the Fostex TH909 seem to be my ideal headphones. But reviews don't account for everything, like how some headphones naturally sound and how they COULD sound with EQ adjustments. For example, if I can buy planars that just sound "okay" in terms of bass, and EQ the bass way up without distortion, and play it at loud volume, then I would go planar.
jaxtrauma
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Jun 10, 2020
  • From the HE-4XX website: Open principle
  • Planar magnetic drivers
  • Frequency response: 20 Hz–35 kHz
  • Sensitivity: 93 dB
  • Impedance: 35 ohms
I can't speak to the Fostex, I haven't heard them, but I've found that given adequate power the 4XX has enough low end presence for the most thumping of bass-heads.