Originally Posted by two fingers
Ear buds. I keep a set rolled up on my computer desk. They sound fine and don't take up any space. Yes, there are those here who will say that not using over-the-ear headphones will make you turn into a toad, but it's just not so. Yes, you can go out and spend 40 gagillion dollars on the "right" kind to impress someone else. But if you just want to be able to hear some bass through your computer without getting too complicated, go get some buds right off the shelf (or even cheaper online) and be done with it.
Well, I guess it's all in what you're looking for. Yes, you will hear the bass in a set of (even the cheapest) earbuds, but they're not going to come close to a good set of over-ears. Not trashing the earbud idea at all, but there will be a big difference in the sound... I think, though, that if you get the right buds you can be turned into a newt rather than a toad
FWIW a fantastic set of earphones can be had right out of the box in the $75 range - Fostex T50RP! Not only that, but if you are a little bit handy and don't mind voiding warranties those cans can be turned into a KILLER set of phones with a few modifications.