Ouch, they're ugly. This must be the antithesis of the Bauhaus / Apple design approach.
I'm sure there can't be an acoustical reason for that surface finish, and wait until those dimples fill up with sweat and earwax...
I'm sure they will sound good, though (and, finally, detachable cables!).
I agree that the bass is non-existent if you don't have a perfect seal (difficult to achieve if you don't actually hold the cups to your head...). Maybe the pads are part of the problem (poor seal, highly reflective)? It's also likely that the act of holding the cups damps them somewhat!