Ok so after two weeks of listening to a vintage Yamaha receiver I can say I am in audio nirvana with HE-4..
The setup is the following: a PCM1704UK dac > vintage Yamaha amp > HE-4 with HM5 pads.
I urge everyone to try the HM5 pads, at 12.45€ they are as cheap as it gets and quality surpasses Hifimans by a mile.
Just thought I'd share. Btw the setup is quite budget except for the DAC. But I gather with a 8741 Wolfson you could get similar great results at a lower price.
You should write a more precise comparison to Hifiman pleathers or velours... What's better for you may not be better for others - so it would be nice to know what exactly you find better about them and why.
I have a personal experience with HM5 pads and while I find them superior in terms of comfort (very very nice comfort level), they are not angled (and it's not possible to make them angled AFAIK).
Are they tougher than Hifiman pleathers (I cant remember but I think they are similarly squashy => less tough than Hifiman velours or Audeze leathers)? And how do they influence sound of HE-4 in comparison to Hifiman pleathers?
Edited by Ron12 - 6/22/14 at 2:56am