Best Bass Earbuds (and Bad-Ass) under 100

Not just all about that bass – the best bass earbuds are complicated than it seems to be – Mid-bass, sub-bass and upper-bass, bass accuracy, bass extensions are terms you may know for the first time.

Then you have wire/wireless options

  • Bluetooth earbuds
  • True wireless earbuds just in (Sabbat E12 Ultra)
  • Wired earbuds
  • Choosing the right size of eartips secures the bass

Buying in-ear headphones is tough and confusing, and to make it simple most people choose this milk-to-ear accessories by sorting out sound signature, styles, features as well as price.

One of which by sound signature is bass enhanced. A note about bass – enhanced – the low-end frequencies are emphasized.

Actually – the low-end range can be divided into sub-bass, mid-bass and upper-bass and it’s complicated to for human’ears to identify those ranges.

But some critics can feel it that how well the they are balanced between sub-bass, mid-bass and upper-bass. The overall bass should be crisp and powerful too.

My Favorite Picks for the Best Bass Earbuds under $100 bucks of 2020 (some pairs have been still on the list for a couple of years)


Best value for the money bass earbuds – Read full review

For less than $50 you get the more value in bass than what you pay for

With variety of color option, solid build quality and great bass, the Sony MDR XB55AP are the best earbuds you could pick if everything you need in your music is the bass.

But not just about that bass, the mid-range is pronounced and the treble preformance may surprise to you.

2Fiio F9 Triple Driver Hybrid Bass Earbuds In Ear Headphones

Again bass enhanced earbuds with over ear designed are the winner

FiiO has it own sound signature for basshead

The over ear wearing style keep earbuds fit the most stable in the ear, meaning no more sound leakage and the bass is sealed in.

The overall sound of FiiO F9 is not well balanced, it won’t be for purists or critcal listeners but what F9 could do is reproducing the dynamic and enegertic sound. The treble is just acceptable because feel quite distorted at high volume.

The bass of FiiO is deep and rich, you can feel the bass extended to sub or upper.

The build quality is great, and there 3 drivers on each earpieces, one dynamic with diameter 9.2mm and two BA drivers. The impedance is 28 ohm according to FiiO.

FiiO is very generous, in the box there are a bunch of accessories: 2 1.2m cables, eartips water-proof carrying case

3Shure SE 215, Versatile Earbuds, Sounds Great With Strong and Solid Bass

Shure215 bassy earbuds
The Shure SE 215 is still my preferred option

The cheapest in SE series of Shure–SE215, SE315, SE425, SE535 with the same design concept, offers the exceptional sound for this price range. For under $100 the Shure 125 earbuds have the strong performance that other competitors could be hardly matched both bass and clarity. Though, the detail falls slightly at highs, which is common for this price.

The Shure SE125 offers plentiful and tight bass. As it rocks, the treble is bright but not crunchy. It is also comfortable to wear and the unique curve way is a signature of Shure SE. 

For those who are familiar with Shure earbuds other than SE125 will feel a little overwhelmed bass. Used with foam or rubber eartips in a curve way wearing style, Shure215 provides excellent sound-isolating. Lastly, the detachable cables is very durable – if you suddently tug the cable – well it detaches. 

4 urBeats3 – When the bass make sense

If you are exercise lovers, the bass and the sporty design of urBeats3 are exactly what you need (except the cable)

You get a strong sense of bass with urBeats3, which is heavier than it should be sometime. This sound signature differs from the SONY MDR XB55AP – more crisp but less extended to low-bass.

4 Sabbat E12 Ultra Truly [Bass Enhanced and Wireless] Earbuds

The V-shaped sounding profile with bass enhanced makes the Sabbat E12 Ultra

Fiio EX1The Earbuds that match audiophile’s taste, is the best earbuds under $100 

Best $100 earbuds for audiophiles
Titanium drivers packed in these earbuds

Of all earbuds you can find for under $100 that sound great, including Shure SE215, Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear M2 IEi, HiFiMan RE-400, and FiiO EX1, what is going to be the best among them?

In terms of sound quality, it is hard to make final verdict since sound signature is varied, but you have build-quality and comfort are other factors to decide.

The FiiO EX1 needs several days to achieve its best performance, the process called, burning-in. Actually, the sound does get better after 4 days I pump into it many kinds of music.

The EX1 sounds correctly over all ranges, bass is crisp and solid, mid-range is natural, and the treble is bright and clear. It seems durable with L-shape plug, and the cable is Kevlar-reinforced, which is less prone to tangle.

The EX1 fit comfortably, and it is less intrusive into the ear compare to other earbuds in this list but it has to compromise the the noise isolating performance. FiiO EX1 comes in a wide array of eartips, most of them are single-flange silicone tips, a shirt clip, and hard carrying case are also included.

But they are not the comfortable earbuds I’ve tested, sometime I feel it edgy metal leaving some pain on my ears and the sound is not very pleasant to listen to. (update I broke these earbuds on a motobike trip but it is still my favorite earbuds probably I will rebuy)

Should I pick Bluetooth instead?

The question I got asked many times – Bluetooth earbuds any good? if you are really craving into the sound quality turn away from Bluetooth. Not just they sound less clear and riche but you have to recharged and they may run out of battery in the middle of your trip.

And since people asked for a recommendation, a pair of earbuds less than $100, my suggested price range would be $60 – $100, if you spend less than that the sound will be less refined, bass is less punchy and explosive.

Do some research you will find out that no name brands have no product in this price range because they can’t complete like they did in low-end earbuds market.

Best Budget Bass Earbuds Under $50

Build quality, durability and sound quality of these cheap earbuds below are not as good as the previous ones and I don’t recommend.

Xiaomi Piston 2, Warm Sound and Bass Put On

Best budget bass earbuds

The Piston 2, an aluminium housing earbuds, looks really more expensive than its price. These budget bass earbuds overcomes the heck that normally other earbuds at this category counter, that is, crunchy treble and too bassy. They sound smooth and clear and pump the amount of bass, just enough make you feel how the true bass actually is. The Piston earbuds are my recommendation for best budget earbuds. They also rank #2 in our list for the best earbuds under $30. This could be the bad-ass since you have a lot of bass, just nothing else.

The  JVC HA-FX101 ($11), “the grenade bass”, comes with affordable price for bass head. Though, these earbuds exist the downside that the treble is not very clear and it’s distorted a bit at high volume if you are not away from Hip-hop they are just fine.  In addition, you will find the bass unnecessarily too heavy if compared to Piston.

 Sennheiser CX 300 II, The Bass Pricision Earbuds

best cheap earbuds of Sennheiser

The Sennheiser CX 300 delivers solid sound, and tune the bass exactly matched to some music genres such as Jazz, Classical, or Rock. One disappointment for purists is that highs are not well separated, but generally all ranges are clear and refined. These light weight and durable in ear headphones suits sports and active life styles.

Other Best Earbuds In Ear Headphones Under 100 in 2015 

HiFiMan RE-400 (2014)–For Audiophiles

HiFiMan RE-400 (2014) the good thing about these earbuds is that I like the design with thealuminum housing, which is lightweight and easy to fit. It’s not that very appealing stuff, but make me feel solid and durable. The bad thing, I just wonder why they wouldn’t build the inline remote and mic and provide a carrying case. Overall, these sub $100 in-ear headphones’ sound couldn’t blow your mind but briefly the sound can be described by superior purity and brilliant accuracy for audiophiles. If bass is your high priority in sounding, the HE-400 is not for you. Over all ranges the Hifi focuses on great detail and balance, and they presents bass,  but I am quite sure, which is not boosted as powerful as Shure 215.

Monster iSport Victory–Best Sport Earbuds

best sport earbuds under 100

The Victory offers strong audio performance, and is very good for noise-isolating. They fit comfortably and securely with earhooks–winged stabilizers. It is a bass oriented headphones, but can’t be a bass monster. Overall, aside from sweatproof the well designed style and nicely refined sound are exactly what joggers look for. 

The last pair I would recommend is Bose SoundTrue, known for high-end noise cancelling earbuds, Bose also did a great job for sub $100 earbuds. Eartips with wing don’t work very effective to isolate the noise compared to Monster, but they are very comfortable. And when the volume is rocked, I found the treble is still crisp and if not intended you will not be noticed with faint distortion while bass remains deep and well balanced.

See more…Best earbuds under 50 if you want to get away from wired earbuds there are a lot of wireless options check out best bluetooth headphones for running.
Out of the ranking
SONY MDR-EX650 ($73), Compact Metal Housing Earbuds.

SONY MDR-EX650(Read Review) The brass housing earphones, intergrated 12mm drivers units but the sound is identical to Sony earbuds with 16mm drivers. This is small and compact earbuds with powerful bass. Moreover, mid-range and high are pretty good at level details. Emphasis on bass, comfortable wear and high-quality sound allows you to listen to music for hours with enjoyment. This is the best bass earbuds with metal housing on the market for under $100.

SONY MDR-XB90EX, A Powerful Bass Earbuds

SONY MDR-XB90EX bass earbuds (Read Review), which is equipped with 13.5 mm drivers, is specifically designed for bass head who want to experience rich bass music in relation with bass precision, crisp and quality sound all in one place. Though, it looks sturdy and is not suitable for those with small ears, you will hardly find this type of bass in ear headphones for under $100.    This *** is out of the list due to its expensive price. Before it is listed in out list.

RHA MA-750, Bassy Stainless Steel Earbuds

The earbuds that loop around your ears.

Designed with earhooks to wear behind the ear, the RHA MA-750 is the best of the bunch in term of secure fit, comfort and sound quality, and it’s all about that bass. With solid construction and well crafted housings, these earbuds are very good at keeping ambient noise out. The RHM is deep bass and impressively clear in treble, but surprisingly even with strongest beats it still keeps up with the sound detail. However,If playing hip-hop, Beats Tour 2.0 in direct comaprison is better in terms of smoothness and bass. While it is quite difficult to find any fault to complain about MA750, at highs you will feel a bit crunchy. Lastly these extra-bass earbuds cost a little more than $100.

This set is no longer in our top pick because of their price tag is more than $100

All Facts About That Bass And How Does It Affect The Music?

Do you need extra bass earbuds?

Basically, bass describes the very low tones–Innenfidelity measures frequencies from 10-200Hz for bass response and sounds that are included in the music. This can be produced by several musical instruments such as bass drum, bass guitar, bass keyboard, tuba, trombone, and more but not always these tones are intended to prominently present in songs by recorders. The bass tone is normally incorporated in rock music, electronic music, rap, hip-hop, R&B, dance and even on orchestra to provide balance, harmony, and rhythm to the music. This tone is very unique in such a way that it supports the other tones in the music, and it defines the composition’s harmonic motion. It stresses the strong beats, thus, giving more life and power to each harmonic motion. However, some music genres don’t required much bass.

Most earbuds with excelent bass comes from dynamic drivers for sub-$100, which can process the wide range of frequencies and pump a substantial amount of air to diaphragms. If you are seeking for good bass earbuds with armature balanced drivers, you will expect to very high price tags–several hundred of $$$

If you are someone who loves a music with an upbeat, then, you should go for bass earbuds. The good thing with this type of earbud is that it captures the bass tone in the music, and emphasizes it, thus, defining the beat and harmony of the music that you are listening to. In addition, most of the bass earbuds have noise suppressing capability by eatips. While they are emphasizing the bass tones of the music, they isolate the noise at the same time, so that the listener will enjoy a clean and clear music. Too much bass can kill the songs you listen to because some songs when recorded at studio, were not intended to contain much bass. Other thing about extra bass such as bass precision, bass deep and definition should be considered.

Do you need extra bass? As Beat co-founder, Dr. Dre, once expained people aren’t hearing all the music, meaning earbuds don’t deliver the entire sounds of the music made, one of which is bass.

You are a fan of hip-hop or dance music? You go to the night club and listen to the dance music with strong bass making your entire body feel like moving. And you look for earbuds that can give you the same experience like in clubs. Then you’re going to search the brand you love. Here is the guide for you to pick up the best bass earbuds under $100.

SONY MDR-XB90EX with Extra Bass feature

When buying a bass earbud, you don’t just go to the store and pick the first one that catches your eyes with the “EXTRA BASS”. You have to go for a bass earbud that has a good quality and sonically balanced. There are several excellent bass earbuds that you can buy and this includes the RHA MA-750, a Scottish headphone maker, Shure215. Each one of these offers excellent quality, and they can be bought at an affordable price range of $59.99 to $150.

Avoid “crunchy, too bassy and distorted sounds” earbuds. When earbuds are played at high volume levels, these worse sounds are sometimes present because the drivers can’t not handle (process) the sound at certain sensitivity and frequency, which make you will hear harsh or crunchy sound. I like bass earbuds that have the ability to play music or high volume without any distortion and trouble to your ears (the treble may be crunchy at high volume when you want to hear music loud) and the details are not overwhelmed by beats. However, as far I’ve known some earbuds still sound too bassy or muffled, and the bass is to heavy.

To be able to do handle high volume without distortion, it should have drivers that can handle well bass frequency response. Most bass earbuds have a driver that can give a frequency response curve from 4Hz to 24 KHz. The earbuds from Sony have the good drivers to do so, because they can deliver a frequency response range of 4Hz to 25 KHz. Technically, the number doesn’t the matter but to handle the treble when played at high volume. SONY MDR-EX650 even offers 5Hz to 28kHz to prevent sound crunchy, one of my favorite bass earbuds under 100 $.

The price tags are ranged from $59.99 to $150 for best bass in ear headphones. Check out SHOP NOW for Discount prices.

What Is Considered A Great Bass?

When listening to the songs, you hear the bass, which creates the rhythm for the songs. The great bass, which is pumped up to some degree, is going to excel crisp, solid, powerful, and deep, and you should feel the harmony among these factors. Heavily enhanced bass may cause bloated and boomy sound. To measure the bass response, the innerfidelity evaluates the intensity vs frequency in the range of 10-200Hz, and earbuds with extra-bass label normally have the curve vertically in the higher position.

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What can you expect from sub-$100 earbuds-in ear headphones?

The won’t have a very well balanced sound profile and warm sounding like the high-end earbuds such as Shure535–kicking the great sound, superior build quality and the impressive clarity. The Shure535 is also extremely comfortable and fits very securely because of ergomonic design, earbuds under $100 actually can do well some parts of the job as Shure does – that’s a good thing since you only pay a fraction of the price.

Beats by Dr stands for iconic headphones with enhanced bass for pop culture. They gained the popularity from that sound signature that has been passed to other audio manufacturers. Now, it is not that difficult to find earbuds available with label Extra Bass for dance music fans.

If you can’t afford to Beats, there are some alternatives, which I’ve rounded up the list of  top 10 best bass earbuds under 100 from SONY, Shure and a rising star brand FiiO, etc.

These earbuds are specifically designed to boast the powerful bass, you will surely feel a lot of bass – is that you feel weight or amount (ohm) we’ll figure out later in this post. 

For those of you who like the dance, Rap, R&B music these would be good headsets to play what you are looking for, in other words it matches the bass you like and the recorders indended for listeners. 

These Big bass should last long and be more comfortable than it sounds, so you may consider the sound quality overall, secure fit, comfort and design.

After all sound performance and price are critical for rating them.

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