The MT-220 is stressing my ears with the original pads. I switched to Alpha pads and now everything is fine, with increased soundstage. They sound very expensive now. The Alpha Pads increased the distance between my ears and the drivers, so i didn't need to stuff gauze. Of course, your way is $58 cheaper so it's the better option:)
Well, the Alpha pads are way thicker and way softer, like pillows, very comfortable. The Technics pads are thin and hard. The Alpha Pads give a bigger soundstage and spacing. The Technics pads bring everything to the front and give greater clarity-to the bass, mids, everything
I've used Alpha Pads on Yamaha MT220's, JVC SZ 2000's, Audioquest Nighthawks, and it increased the soundstage on all of them.
I put these ear pads http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00TCP34ZW?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00 on a pair of Monster Adidas and turned them into my best sounding portables. There was a volume increase and tightened bass. The highs got clearer and more defined and the mids were more upfront. The only problem was the pads...