• WANTED: Happy members who like to discuss audio and other topics related to our interest. Desire to learn and share knowledge of science required as is 20 years of participation in forums (not all true). There are daily reviews of audio hardware and expert members to help answer your questions. Click here to have your audio equipment measured for free!

Looking for a headphone with good bass and subbass for EDM, progressive house music

ktrevious

New Member
Joined
Sep 9, 2022
Messages
4
Likes
1
Hi there,

I currently own a pair of Sundaras and DCA Aeon Closed X. I really enjoy the sound of both of these headphones, to me they sound more similar than different, and I have EQ'd them both close to Oratory's settings, with a few db added in the 150hz and under range. I mostly listen to deadmau5 and other electronic artists, so I am wondering if there exists a different headphone that would be better for this type of music. I have been looking at some headphones with bio-cellulose drivers (Fostex, E-mu, etc.) and wonder if those would be a good option? Do you have any other suggestions? Does an open-back headphone exist that can provide the bass kick I am looking for?
 

_theLaughingman

Major Contributor
Forum Donor
Joined
Jan 1, 2020
Messages
1,095
Likes
1,567
Location
Ohio
I'm surprised that you don't think the Sundara's are cutting the mustard for your EDM needs. I listen to lots of deadmau5 and various genres of electronic music with my Hifiman He400se and they're definitely not lacking in bass. Unless you're looking for headphones that have an obvious FR that favors higher bass than you'd be better off with Meze Classic's which have a pronounced bass.
 
OP
K

ktrevious

New Member
Joined
Sep 9, 2022
Messages
4
Likes
1
I'm surprised that you don't think the Sundara's are cutting the mustard for your EDM needs. I listen to lots of deadmau5 and various genres of electronic music with my Hifiman He400se and they're definitely not lacking in bass. Unless you're looking for headphones that have an obvious FR that favors higher bass than you'd be better off with Meze Classic's which have a pronounced bass.
I do enjoy them, especially EQ'd. I guess I am just chasing the dragon and wondering if there is something better out there.
 

_theLaughingman

Major Contributor
Forum Donor
Joined
Jan 1, 2020
Messages
1,095
Likes
1,567
Location
Ohio
I do enjoy them, especially EQ'd. I guess I am just chasing the dragon and wondering if there is something better out there.
Planar bass is a beast unto its own, if you like planar bass then there are literally very few dynamic driver topology headphones that will do bass justice. Just my two cents.
 
OP
K

ktrevious

New Member
Joined
Sep 9, 2022
Messages
4
Likes
1
Planar bass is a beast unto its own, if you like planar bass then there are literally very few dynamic driver topology headphones that will do bass justice. Just my two cents.
Alright, well maybe I'll save my pennies and enjoy what I have. Thanks for your input.
 
  • Like
Reactions: GDK

asrUser

Active Member
Joined
Apr 11, 2022
Messages
110
Likes
59
I have been looking at some headphones with bio-cellulose drivers (Fostex, E-mu, etc.) and wonder if those would be a good option?
I found Sundaras to be more impactful than DCA headphones. You did a good research as Fostex TH-610 or E-Mu Teak could be the headphones you're looking for. E-Mu Teak got more bass than the Fostex. You could also try open-back headphones such as Beyerdynamic DT900 Pro X and eq them.
 

Jimbob54

Master Contributor
Forum Donor
Joined
Oct 25, 2019
Messages
9,378
Likes
12,167
You are on the right track with the Fostex /Denon /Emu lines. Now, what I don't know is how much different one of those EQd to the same level of bass as your Sundaras will be. An interesting experiment.

But if you were looking for best bass from stock, that's where I would go.
 
OP
K

ktrevious

New Member
Joined
Sep 9, 2022
Messages
4
Likes
1
You are on the right track with the Fostex /Denon /Emu lines. Now, what I don't know is how much different one of those EQd to the same level of bass as your Sundaras will be. An interesting experiment.

But if you were looking for best bass from stock, that's where I would go.
I EQ all my headphones anyway, so maybe the difference isn't worth the money. But I'll keep an eye out for the teaks going on sale. It looks like the E-mus are on Drop right now, but only with the bamboo cups. I was also looking at the Hifiman He6se, but those are $600 and I would need to upgrade from my JDS Labs Atom amp to something more powerful. Not sure if spending $800 for a new amp like a Magnius + He6se would be a worthwhile upgrade from the Sundara.
 

asrUser

Active Member
Joined
Apr 11, 2022
Messages
110
Likes
59
I EQ all my headphones anyway, so maybe the difference isn't worth the money. But I'll keep an eye out for the teaks going on sale. It looks like the E-mus are on Drop right now, but only with the bamboo cups.
You can also order from E-Mu directly with or without detachable cables. You are better off to buy headphones with detachable cables.
 

Snoopy

Addicted to Fun and Learning
Joined
Jul 19, 2021
Messages
805
Likes
466
Hi there,

I currently own a pair of Sundaras and DCA Aeon Closed X. I really enjoy the sound of both of these headphones, to me they sound more similar than different, and I have EQ'd them both close to Oratory's settings, with a few db added in the 150hz and under range. I mostly listen to deadmau5 and other electronic artists, so I am wondering if there exists a different headphone that would be better for this type of music. I have been looking at some headphones with bio-cellulose drivers (Fostex, E-mu, etc.) and wonder if those would be a good option? Do you have any other suggestions? Does an open-back headphone exist that can provide the bass kick I am looking for?


I have the DCA aeon noire EQ'd to oratorys . If you want more bass and more exciting treble.i can recommend the Meze Liric. (I got them as well).
 

aromig

Member
Joined
Sep 7, 2021
Messages
6
Likes
9
Hi there,

I currently own a pair of Sundaras and DCA Aeon Closed X. I really enjoy the sound of both of these headphones, to me they sound more similar than different, and I have EQ'd them both close to Oratory's settings, with a few db added in the 150hz and under range. I mostly listen to deadmau5 and other electronic artists, so I am wondering if there exists a different headphone that would be better for this type of music. I have been looking at some headphones with bio-cellulose drivers (Fostex, E-mu, etc.) and wonder if those would be a good option? Do you have any other suggestions? Does an open-back headphone exist that can provide the bass kick I am looking for?

For an open-back with substantial bass, I would recommend the AKG K245. It has a Harman tuned sound similar to the K371, but with much stronger bass. And unlike most open-backs, it has deep extension.

AKG K245.png



It won't be as detailed or have the technical prowess of a planar or biodynamic driver, but I think the sound profile would be right up your alley.
 
Top Bottom