Best Products Audio The 8 Best Bass Headphones of 2020 For when you really want to pump up the jams by Don Reisinger Writer Don Reisinger is a tech writer with more than 12 years' experience. His work has appeared in Fortune, PCMag, CNET, and The New York Times, among others. our editorial process Twitter Don Reisinger Updated on September 26, 2020 The Ultimate Headphones Buying Guide The Ultimate Headphones Buying Guide Introduction Headphone Basics Types of Headphones What Is the In-Line Mic? 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We may receive commissions on purchases made from our chosen links. The Rundown Best Overall: V-MODA Crossfade M-100 at Amazon "Some of the most popular bass-heavy headphones on the market." Best Design: Audio-Technica SonicPro at Amazon "Chrome finishes all around add a little modern pop to an otherwise traditionally beautiful design." Best Wireless: Skullcandy Crusher Wireless at Amazon "Solidly built, and they fold up and can be put into a pouch for extra portability." Runner-Up, Best Wireless: Sony WH-XB900N at Amazon "In a conversation about the best bass headphones on the market, it’s not a surprise to see Sony taking a prime spot." Best Earbuds: Sony MDR-XB50AP at Amazon "Slim but still solid-sounding earbuds." Best for Microphone Quality: Audio-Technica ATH-WS1100iS Solid Bass Over-Ear Headphones at Amazon "Enhanced audio quality to ensure you sound crisp when communicating." Best for Extended Use: Cowin E7 at Amazon "Designed to be worn all day and have the battery life to back that up." Best Connectivity: Sony WH-XB700 at Amazon "The WH-XB700 provides booming bass along with Bluetooth connectivity, the Sony Headphones Connect App, NFC, and a smart voice assistant." The best bass headphones have great audio quality, a comfortable fit, and shouldn't break the bank. You can get both wired and wireless headphones, and most will come with a built-in DAC to enhance audio quality. Some might offer apps to customize the frequency response to suit your preferences or otherwise enhance bass. Our top choice is the V-Moda Crossfade M-100 at Amazon. It comes from a reputable brand, has high-end audio, and offers a sound profile with deep, rich bass. It also has a fairly attractive design with some degree of sound isolation. If these options don't suit you, be sure to take a look at our general list of the best over-ear headphones. Here, the best bass headphones to get. Best Overall: V-MODA Crossfade M-100 Buy on Amazon The V-MODA Crossfade M-100 are some of the most popular bass-heavy headphones on the market. They were designed with input from experts in the music industry, and sit in a price range that’s typical for high-end headphones. If you’re looking for a sound profile that has deep, rich bass, the V-MODA Crossfade is a solid pick. The headphones are sleek, but the most notable design feature is the signature hexagonal earcups, which give the V-MODA Crossfade a modern and unique look. The cups are close-backed, meaning they provide sound isolation, and a 3.55mm headphone jack can be plugged into either earcup. The headphones don’t require batteries to work, so you never have to worry about charging. With a 50mm dual-diaphragm drivers, the V-MODA Crossfade has no problem producing powerful bass without any distortion. Mid and high frequency sounds are vibrant as well, although these headphones are ideal for bass heavy music. Best Design: Audio-Technica SonicPro Buy on Amazon Since headphones are often worn in public, companies like Audio-Technica have designed options that aim at making you look good wherever you go. And the Audio-Technica SonicPro headphones do it best. Audio-Technica’s SonicPro comes with plush memory foam earpads and a headband that conforms to your head and ears. They come in a few color options, but the Gun Metal Gray might offer the best mix of luxury aesthetics and comfort. Each ear cup is big enough to fit around your ear and the chrome finishes all around add a little modern pop to an otherwise traditionally beautiful design. On the audio side, you’ll find 45mm true-motion drivers that aim at delivering not only high-quality bass but also high-resolution audio across the sound spectrum. The headphones also come with a condenser mic to let you not only make calls or even record a podcast with broadcast-quality sound. The 8 Best Audio-Technica Headphones Best Wireless: Skullcandy Crusher Wireless Buy on Amazon Skullcandy’s Crusher Wireless will satisfy any bass-head. With two 40mm drivers, two additional subwoofer drivers, comfortable over-ear pads and beyond-powerful bass, the Crusher delivers immersive audio. Plus, these headphones give you the ability to adjust the intensity of the bass directly from the headphones using a slider on the left earcup. They also have a built-in microphone so you can make and receive phone calls. The Skullcandy Crusher doesn't have active noise-cancellation, but it does have noise-isolating memory foam earcups. And without active noise cancellation, you get the benefit of extra-long battery life. Speaking of battery life, the Skullcandy Crusher is a definite standout. You get about 40 hours of listening from a single charge — almost double the industry standard for wireless headphones — and three hours of listening with just 10 minutes of charging. It can charge fully in just two and a half hours. With a semi-matte black finish, Skullcandy’s Crusher Wireless looks simple and sleek. The headphones are solidly built, and they fold up and can be put into a pouch for extra portability. 9 Best Wireless Headphones of 2020 Runner-Up, Best Wireless: Sony WH-XB900N 4.3 Buy on Amazon Buy on Best Buy Buy on Sony.com In a conversation about the best bass headphones on the market, it’s not a surprise to see Sony taking a prime spot. While its flagship WH-1000X line steals most of the headlines, don’t sleep on the middle of their line. The WH-XB900N brings prime bass response for a few reasons. First off, Sony has put a “bass duct” in the ear cup construction, which seems to try for something similar to a bass port on a full speaker. There’s also a tight seal around your head and a 1.57-inch driver that packs some real punch on the low end of the spectrum. These promises seem to carry through to the actual frequency spectrum, as these headphones will project 20Hz to 20kHz, covering everything you can physically hear. But these aren’t just bass behemoths — their wireless capabilities are really impressive, too. There’s Bluetooth 5.0 for the most modern, stable wireless connection, and NFC capabilities for single-step pairing with compatible devices. And all the wireless use won’t leave you limited on battery, because Sony is advertising about 30 hours of use on a single charge. And if you do happen to run the battery down, they can quick-charge. Round this out with touch controls, smart assistant functions, and a sleek design that folds down to a travel-size, and you have a great pair of wireless headphones. Holiday Deal Best Earbuds: Sony MDR-XB50AP Buy on Amazon Buy on Best Buy Buy on Walmart Not a fan of bulky, over-the-ear headphones? Try out the Sony MDR-XB50AP — a nice option if you love slim but still solid-sounding earbuds. Sony’s earbuds come with a basic design and hybrid silicone earbuds that fit snugly into your ear canal. The earbuds are designed to be used when you’re walking around town or exercising and have an integrated microphone and playback buttons that help you control your audio experience without ever needing to your phone out of your pocket. The wired earbuds plug into your phone or media player’s 3.5mm headphone jack port and have a tangle-free cable so you don’t need to fiddle with the wire when you want to connect to a music player and go. Inside the tiny earbuds, Sony bundled specially designed drivers that rely on magnets that pump out high-quality bass tones. To further boost the bass performance, they've been crafted to isolate sound and seal off gaps that would reduce the bass quality. The 9 Best Earbuds of 2020 Best for Microphone Quality: Audio-Technica ATH-WS1100iS Solid Bass Over-Ear Headphones Buy on Amazon Audio-Technica’s wired ATH-WS1100iS wired headphones might not be for you if you want to take to the streets and listen to music wirelessly. But if you want high-quality audio for podcasts and other activities, these headphones are a great choice. Audio-Technica’s headphones have 53mm Deep Motion high-resolution audio drivers that aim at identifying bass frequencies and delivering them in as powerful and crystal-clear a package as possible. To bolster that effort, the headphones have aluminum housing that reduces vibration and keeps the sound where it belongs: pointed at your ears. When it’s time to use the Audio-Technica headphones’ microphone, you’ll find it lives on a detachable four-foot cable that gives you audio controls for answering calls, handling media playback and interacting with the devices to which your headphones are connected. Audio-Technica’s microphone comes with enhanced audio quality to ensure you sound crisp when communicating with others. On the comfort side, you’ll find dual-layer earpads that have a firm internal layer and soft outer shell. Best for Extended Use: Cowin E7 Buy on Amazon Buy on Walmart Cowin’s E7 wireless, over-the-ear headphones that come with professional active noise-canceling technology. According to Cowin, the feature will reduce airplane cabin noise and city traffic and offer the feature in both wired and wireless modes. The headphones have 40mm drivers inside to deliver the bass and if you want to connect wirelessly to another device, you have the option of choosing Bluetooth or near-field communication. To boost comfort, the Cowin E7 earpads are made from a professional protein that has what the company describes as “skin texture.” Ultimately, the headphones are designed to be worn all day and have the battery life to back that up. In fact, Cowin promises a whopping 30 hours of battery life during continuous use. And just in case things go awry, you can take advantage of Cowin’s 18-month warranty on the headphones. Best Connectivity: Sony WH-XB700 Buy on Amazon Buy on Best Buy Buy on Walmart The Sony WH-XB700 isn't just a phone with thunderous bass, it also comes with plenty of features to give you lots of options to connect. For starters, it's Bluetooth, letting you pair it easily with your phone or any other wireless device. You can do that even easier than most Bluetooth headphones because there's NFC built-in, allowing for seamless and instantaneous pairing. Using the Sony Headphones Connect app you can optimize a variety of audio settings to tweak the audio to your preferences. The headphones also have a special bass mode to beef up bass beyond what you typically get. A built-in microphone lets you take voice calls hands-free, and you can access the voice assistant on your smartphone with the push of a button. Final Verdict The best bass headphones to get is the V-Moda Crossfade M-100 (view at Amazon). It's a high-quality pair of wired headphones with a great sound profile, attractive design, and powerful bass. We also like the Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7GM (view at Amazon) for their compelling, comfortable design with plush memory foam earpads and drivers that can handle bass and high-resolution audio. Need some more help finding what you're looking for? Check out our ultimate headphones buying guide.