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So...I finally got my customized Beyerdynamic from their fine Manufaktur website. It took over a month, apparantly they had some problems making enough leather pads.

My custom Beyer is a DT990 32 ohm, with blue rings and forks, and leather headband and pads (not in pictures).
The real leather is a huge difference from the stuff they usually uses. It's supersoft and classy. Really cool.

I must say that this is a mighty fun headphone! Especially directly from my iRiver H320 (HDD MP3-player). Loads of great, fast bass. I haven't got a regular DT990 to compare it with, but from memory, this one is substantially better from a portable source.
When amped with my Mapletree Ear++ tube amp, I don't think the difference is very noticable from the 250 ohm version.
However, this is only from memory, which isn't very trustworthy...

I like it, anyway... ;-)

EDIT 17th july:
Well, whaddya know. My leather pads arrived today!
Only sliiiightly delayed (couple of months).
They seems to be made by the same soft, smooth leather which is used for the headband.

Compared to the regular velour-pads, these are quite similar in construction, apart from a sharp edge around the plastic lip which goes over the edge of the housing. It's quite sharp, but not like you gonna cut yourself.

Compared to leather of the Audio-Technica W1000s pads, the Beyer leather is actually softer and smoother. No huge difference, but it's definitely noticable.

These pads are nothing like the ones on the DT770 M, those are more like plastic.

I haven't used them for more than a few hours in a stretch yet, but I don't think they get as warm as the W1000 pads. I guess it's because the Beyer pads doesn't touch the ears directly.

And now for the surprise:
The DT990-32 sounds VERY different with the leather pads on!
I thought "This isn't right?" when I put on the first track. The midbass was almost overpowering with acoustic guitars, and hardrock was muddy and boomy. With the black velour pads everything was back to greatness. Very weird.
I put the leather pads on my DT770 for comparing, and here there were almost no difference. With the DT770 pads on the DT990, things were muddy and boomy again.

So, even if the velour pads of the DT990/880 looks similar to the DT770s, they're very different.

Quite interesting, I must do more research. ;-)

Well, I guess you want some pics (updated with 5 pics including leather pads):

Hanging out with my old DT880:

Couldn't think of anything good, so this became my sorry excuse for something witty:

In it's full glory:

Leather pad in hand:

The rear of the leather pad looks quite similar to the velour ones:

Trying for a close up of the leather and sharp edge:

Full frontal leather:

Full leatherified glory:
post #2 of 116
Gorgeous pair youve got there, ive spent some time on that headphone customiser, and should i ever find myself with the funds, I think I know what Id go for. The blue looks really good, love the text too.
post #3 of 116
Simply wonderful
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"Yes it's blue"???

That must be for the color-blind.

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The leather handband looks sweet... it doesn't zipper up, does it?

EDIT: Also, what is the purpose of the little end bits on the new models? Is their sole function to have witty comments written on them, or do they have something to do with the headband adjustment?
post #8 of 116
Very, very hot. Fantastic colour choice. How is the foam over the velour???
post #9 of 116
I love how cocky the cans are. Both the comment and the blue colour. I know these aren't woodies but can woodied cans be cocky?
post #10 of 116
Nice and unique headphone !!
post #11 of 116
Originally Posted by The_Duke_Of_Eli
I love how cocky the cans are. Both the comment and the blue colour. I know these aren't woddies but can woodied cans be cocky?
You're a riot!

I must admit, the writing on the phones is hilarious. You may not have been able to think of anything at the time, but it was a good choice.
post #12 of 116
how does the sound compare to the 880s?
post #13 of 116
Interesting, I like the color, and I love the new designs of all the Beyer cans. They just all look so sexy.

Put those leather pads on and get some picks, the foam you have on their makes my ears hurt just looking.
post #14 of 116
I want one!
post #15 of 116
I actually really like the blue. Enjoy them.

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