So, I'm comparing some stock t50rp (with shure pads) to my DBV #3 (with additional tweaks) t50rp.. and they are more alike than different, to be honest.
The differences only really stick out when I directly A/B and when I go from mine to stock.. The stock flaws stick out a bit more, but to be honest.. to an untrained ear, the flaws might even sound preferable with a lot of music. I'm listening to some hardcore, and the extra boominess isn't really hurting much. Mine are more accurate, but the stock ones don't sound bad. With more demanding types of music my modded pair pull even further ahead, FWIW.
TL;DR, mods help and are totally worth it.. but, with nothing but a pad swap, the t50rp are still very respectable for the price-point IMO.
BRING ON THE STONES
*edit* I should also mention if mine were DBV #3 modded exactly as the mod calls for.. They would sound even more different. I purposefully tried to keep my treble sounding about stock.
Edited by chrislangley4253 - 1/24/13 at 11:06am