Heavy Bass without sacrificing much mids and highs
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Bass-heavy headphones such as Dr. Beats, Soul by Ludacris, and Soul Republic tend to exaggerate bass or induce additional bass at the sacrifice of mid-range and highs. Not so with the Denon AH-C300 Urban Raver (albeit a corny name for an otherwise wonderful product). The bass is most certainly there without being overly exaggerated, courtesy of dual 11mm drivers in each ear. Among many earbuds and headphones that I own, I will compare my AH-C300 to my Denon AH-C560R earbuds and my Sony xba-4 earbuds. Sound used for testing: lossless wav music files from Black Eyed Peas, Pink, Michael Buble, Bond, and the like. For AH-C560R, the bass was decent with mids and highs a bit muddled and distorted. For AH-C300, the bass was strong and clean, and music was overall louder at same volume, with the mids and highs coming across much more clear and cleaner than from the AH-C560R. For Sony xba-4, the bass was cleaner and tighter the Denon AH-C300, but not as as deep as the Denon AH-C300, (maybe due to balanced-armature drivers vs traditional drivers found in the AH-C300), with mids and highs cleaner and clearer than the AH-C300. Conclusion: If you are a music purist with classical and jazz in your music library, I recommend the Sony xba-4. However, if you mainly listen to dance, hip-hop, electronic, top 40 hits, I recommend the Denon AH-C300 (once properly fitted after driving yourself crazy doing so), without sacrificing much mids and highs.
Pros: Great bass w/o sacrificing clarity of mid-range and high sound. When comparing side-by-side with bass-inducing headphones from non-traditional audio electronics companies, you will hear a world of difference, picking up the nuances of musical instruments that you would have thought non-existent with other high-on-marketing, low-on-audio-quality earbuds. Built quality is excellent, much better wire housing than more flimsy looking, but much more expensive Sony xba-4.
Cons: Big, may not be suitable for those with small ears. Tough to get fitted despite numerous options provided for earbuds and ear stabilizer. Lack of comfort with ear stabilizers mounted. A bear to get it properly fitted. Needed to watch several online videos to determine proper placement of ear stabilizers because user guide was useless.