Basshead Showdown: Denon AH-C551 vs. Hippo VB vs. Klipsch S4

bassheads unite Basshead Showdown: Denon AH C551 vs. Hippo VB vs. Klipsch S4

Does your car’s trunk make more noise than its motor? Does standing on the epicenter of a medium earthquake give you that warm, fuzzy feeling in your stomach? Does your 5.1 sound system consist of five subs and one tweeter?

If the answer to any of the questions above is ‘yes’, then you might want to read forum member Illusion’s shootout of three of the most popular basshead IEMs currently available. Fret not, Illusion knows what he’s talking about. His review is not about bass quantity alone – it’s about overall quality/musicality, with special focus on our beloved earth-shattering subharmonics. All three phones reviewed are around the $80 price range – well worth the price of admission, compared to the uncontrolled, bloated midbass you get from some shabby $20 Skullcandy fart cannons, or similar.

If you’re not afraid by now, head over to the forum thread for the full review, while I listen to some Dubstep on my Etymotic ER-4.


lestatar on January 23, 2011 10:08 PM

lol! Dubstep on Etymotic ER-4? ;) Ane everytime I see the words “fart cannon” I can’t help but giggle like a little girl. Nice work Illusion, congrats!

emfa1989 on January 24, 2011 2:51 AM

“Does standing on the epicenter of a medium earthquake give you that warm, fuzzy feeling in your stomach?”


Klipsch 4 ever! :)

Confispect on January 24, 2011 5:02 PM

I laughed as well at the Er-4 line then got mad all over again at the S4 for even being mentioned.

Caesar on January 25, 2011 8:17 AM

You guys should check the Radius HP-TWF11R Pro In-Ear DDM Headphones.

Martin Sägmüller on January 25, 2011 12:38 PM

I’ve heard the Radius DDM, and while they sound extremely good for a seriously bass-heavy IEM, their form factor and fit were pretty much unusable for my ears, unfortunately.

Another excellent basshead IEM is the JVC FX700. It has a huge flaw as well though – it almost doesn’t isolate at all.

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