The drivers may almost be at a 45 degree angle from your ears now, as the part of the cup that holds the driver is already angled towards your ear canal.
But hey, it improved the comfort drastically! :P
But the Beyer pads destroy their sound... I found that it is instead better to cover the original pads with a layer of velour/cotton/other material.
Really tough question for anyone but yourself to answer. Not a bad price, but not amazing either. The cans beet all my expectations and continue to impress me. But you might hate them. I think they are specifically great for Rock. But that's just my opinion.
Can you afford the gamble? It really comes down to that.
I don't know the Philips, but I know the Shure's.
M50 still a better option... in my humble opinion.
So I put some (angled) HM5 pads on my M50s, and now they actually sound fantastic. It fixed the ridiculously small soundstage, and the top end doesn't sound as congested / fatiguing.
They also isolate a lot better than the Shure 840/940s, and they fit the M50s drastically better, so they won't fall off. And the pads are sooooo soft and comfy it's ridiculous.
How is the change in SQ though in terms of bass and such? is it as drastic as the Shure's? and is the fit pretty much just like the m50 pads? My pads are starting to crack so I need a replacement pretty soon
It's been a long time since I listened to the M50s with the stock pads, what I did notice with the HM5 pads was that the sound doesn't feel as congested. There's slightly more separation and soundstage. Bass is pretty much the same.
How is the isolation?