Man, you're telling me... I literally work in an industry where pretty much all my cohorts and compatriots drive new Audis, Lexuseseses, Acuras, etc, and I drive a 1995 hoopty because I spend my discretionary (and sometimes my gas and food) income on audio gear. Some people raise families, some people start great organizations, some people hoard massive piles of money, and me?
Yea, I buy headphones. And stuff. :)
Btw, the more I think about it, the more I think we need to look more deeply into the pads that are compatible with the T5p. No doubt the sound is substantially better with the clear gel pads (IMO), and I got on a tangent reading about the T70 and T70p, and I noticed something that might sound familiar to others around here: although the measurements showed a strong and deeply extended bass response, many users reported experiencing the opposite. I then saw a few people saying they were able to get exquisite bass by either pressing in on the cups or trying different pads. This obviously got me thinking.
I wonder if we had pads that were significantly thicker (to create a better seal by pressing a bit more tightly and presumably spreading a bit more widely across the head) we'd see an improvement in the overall sound? Or perhaps using other materials?
Malveaux (I believe it was) mentioned that he used some AKG pads and got tremendously better sound on the T70p... Might be worth looking into.