I recently bought a pair of K500 here on Head-fi which came with K501 pads and need new elastics. The K501 pads are scratchy and I've read about the bass increase with K601 pads so I contacted the e-mail for Harman International listed on AKG's website. Unsurprisingly they directed me to an authorised distributor (JAM Industries) and after a little delay, they quoted me a price of about $65 shipped for the K601 pads and no elastics. Does anyone know if they can be had for less somewhere else? I think that's a bit steep.
Secondly, the K500 don't fit right on my head because they need new elastics. JAM Industries said they don't carry them so is there anywhere I can get them for a reasonable price? Do other AKG elastics work just the same or are they different lengths that won't fit properly?
Also, the K500 came without the foam ring underneath the earpads that my K702 have. Does this degrade the sound quality and should I be looking for foam rings for the K500, K601, or K701? Is there a difference? Thanks for any help.