Back after a solid half hour of listening.
I feel as if these pads have positional "sweet spots" where if your ear isn't in the right place you might get a pretty terrible result.
::EDIT:: to clarify the upper mids were heavily affected by the position of the ear within the pad.
impressions... the bass... it's pretty heavy on bassy tracks, sub bass is still relaxed.
I was able to determine with assistance from EQ software that there is a lower mid boost around 200-600Hz. This really makes the low end feel a bit bloated, it felt better to ease up and reduce the amplitude there. Then there is another boost around 5K. It was easier to pinpoint the 5K bump because everything regarding percussion in that region stuck out like a sore thumb.
All in all I am not disappointed one bit :) This was a fun little experiment.
Sound stage definitely did not suffer, and I like the angled pads for presentation. The music feels a bit more intimate.
Edited by Binge - 4/16/14 at 12:34pm