Best Headphones for Dubsteb in 2017
If you love dubstep, you need the right headphones to enjoy it with. Otherwise, you’ll never develop a full appreciation for many of the songs and artists. While there is no shortage to choose from, the following should help make your decision a bit easier.
This is a great model that will cost you roughly $100. If you like the look and feel of the in-ear designs, this one has taken the form to a whole new level. Best of all, they have flexible sleeves that can be modified into a number of different sizes and shapes, ensuring a perfect fit for every type of ear. Plus, unlike a lot of other in-ear headphones, these will isolate your dubstep, so the outside world doesn’t leak in.
For about the same amount, you can go with this very reputable full-sized model by V-Moda. BLISS isolation technology will keep noise from the outside world at bay. Its design features an exoskeleton wrap for plenty of comfort and a hard case providing sufficient durability to keep these headphones around for years to come. Although they’re very affordable, these headphones also lead their class in dual-diaphragm drivers at 40mm.
For roughly twice the price, you can take a step up with your headphones and get this pair with 1,500mW capacity—meaning you get a ton of power in each ear. The full-size design on these Sony headphones also comes with plenty of cushion, ensuring maximum comfort. There’s also a 1.2 meter flat cord, so you can listen and jam out to your music without worrying that you’ll pull it out from the electricity source.
The sensitivity of your headphones just refers to how efficiently they are able to use energy. For best results, don’t pick headphones with anything less than 100 decibels.
To the outsider, dubstep often sounds like little more than a lot of bass, played at the fastest levels possible over some random samples. However, to those of us who love it, the reality is clear: dubstep is every bit as intricate and involved as any orchestra music out there. So you want headphones that will help you pick up all the intricacies along the way, not just the heavy bass.
That being said, dubstep is very much about the hard hitting bass lines too. This also calls for sensitive headphones, though, to enjoy this part as much as possible. It takes at least 107 decibels to get the most sensitive response from the bass in your tracks. 110 to 115 decibels is fine too. You’ll get the bass from your favorite dubstep songs without needing an amplifier to help out.
While efficient energy use via high decibel sensitivity is important, the problem you’ll get from a lot of cheap headphones is that they then muddle the sound that’s produced. The end result is a lot of distortion, especially at louder volumes. This is especially problematic for those who love dubstep because, as you’re probably well aware, there are a number of sounds all firing off at the same time and most of us like to listen to this music at higher volumes. Unfortunately, with headphones that have poor frequency, that distortion will completely ruin the sound. This issue may actually be why a lot of people listen to dubstep and can’t figure out the hype behind it. The problem isn’t the music; it’s the headphones.
Like with the sensitivity issue, by ridding your sound of distortion, you can pick up on so much more in every song. Even mainstream artists like TobyMac and Skrillex will have a jungle of different noises plugged into every song that you will miss if distortion levels aren’t controlled.
There are two main types of headphones available. The best headphones for dubstep listening will be available in both, so it largely comes down to a matter of preference. One version is the kind that goes over your entire ear. These are often referred to as full-sized headphones. The other option you’re seeing more and more of these days is the in-ear kind, often referred to as earbuds. As you probably surmised, these headphones go straight into your ear, leaving the rest of it exposed. Let’s take a look at the advantages of both.
Many feel these are the best headphones for dubstep listening because they put the music right into your ear without muting the entire world around you. They are perfect for those who like to listen to dubstep while they workout or do other physical activities that may otherwise jostle these headphones. Plus, by letting a bit of the outside world in, you can listen for cars, other joggers, dogs, etc. if you prefer to run outside.
The one disadvantage, though, is that these headphones tend to let music escape too. So if you’re listening out in public, others will most likely be able to hear it too.
As the name suggests, these headphones cover and surround your entire ear and generally have a band that goes over the top of your head to keep them on and comfortable.
While these may be a bit more cumbersome, especially if you’re trying to work out or jog with them on, the full-sized models will definitely ensure you get a quality listening experience. Aside from locking out the world around you, they will also help ensure those around you aren’t disturbed by your music.
While just about every model out there will claim it is the best headphone for dubstep, you really only want to entertain those options that fall into the above categories. Although that will still leave you with a number to choose from, we’ve highlighted a few below that will virtually guarantee a good experience listening to dubstep. Just remember that it’s still a very subjective decision, so it’s worth testing headphones out first before paying for a pair.