hey erikiksaz, You're not alone. I have the RS-1's with the new pads and I didn't think my ears would ever adjust to the Grados! I tried the sock fix. Unlike chych who was smart enough to use colored socks(great pic chych)--I used a small portion of white sweat sock--it helped but not enough- and needless to say it did look kinda funny, in fact i almost wound up choking my girlfriend who incessantly poked fun at me; quote "you buy these really great headphones and then put socks on them--ha ha ha" Yup, she was asking for it. I also tried the radio shack 33-379 pads and they were even better comfy/ascetic-wise, but i kept wondering if they were filtering out sound--in all honesty on some days i could hear a difference and on others i could not--probably has to do with music selected and source etc. Finally, one day i went to audition a cd-player--at a shop i had never been to before (cool shop-like a sanford and son junkyard but loaded with all kinds of audio goodies!) and the guy said he had a pair of sennheiser pads that fit the grados--forgot the model # but he said the pads were bright yellow(Someone once upon a time mentioned these pads at headwizers) He took one look at my RS-1's and said these need to be stretched out-they're too tight. He proceeded to stretch my "baby"
so hard that i nearly wet my pants in apprehension! After he gave them back, I put them on and "Lo and behold" if they weren't all better! He wouldn't even let me see the senn pads (i don't think he liked the idea of those god-aweful yellow pads on the woodies
)Headroom has a diagram for stretching out the grados- i thought i had bent them enough but apparently not. Ear fatigue is now down to a minimum--takes at least a couple hours (usually more)before they become uncomfy! you might try stretching the 325's a bit--good luck