HIFIMAN PLEATHER PADS ANGLE MOD:
I noticed some discomfort when wearing the pleather pads... There was some unnatural pressure on my cheeks in the frontal area. I decided to look inside the pads and spotted some gray-coloured ring inserted inside most probably to make the pads less squashy and more deep (less shallow). After a moment, I've got an idea... To use that gray-coloured ring in a different way to make the pads angled.
How to do it?
Here is an image of the gray-coloured ring:
(thanks to conquerator2 for the pic)
What you need to do is to pull out the ring and bend it twice, then insert inside as seen on the picture below (on the left). As it's bended twice, the overall length is 4x shorter => quadrant-shaped. If you want, you could try to bend it only once => you will get a semi-circle (but the final angle will be of course smaller).
In the first picture, you can see how exactly I use the gray-coloured ring in order to create the angle (on the left)... Note: In comparison to new hybrid FocusPad from Hifiman (on the right), pleather pads are much more spacious.
In the second picture, you can see that the created angle of pleather pads (on the left) is very very good and absolutely on par with the new hybrid Hifiman pads (on the right)...
How does it affect sound and comfort?
An important side effect of this modification is improved level of comfort... As the gray-coloured ring is inserted in the rear area of pleather pads only, there is no preasure on you cheeks in the frontal area as I previously unfortunately experienced. The pads very nicely hold their shape in the rear area while they settle nicely in the front area, making the angle obvious. However, it make take some adjustments to find the ideal position for gray-coloured ring in relation to the pads AND to your head as well. It also does not hold in place perfectly over time so you would need to secure it perfectly using a strong double-sided tape if a permanent fit is needed, for example.
As for the sound, soundstage realism is improved, sound scene is pushed a bit in front of me... Imaging is also slightly better due to the angle. Sense of openness is as great as with velour pads (significant improvement over stock pleathers as the pads are not as squashy and shallow). No cons really here.
Edited by Ron12 - 7/13/14 at 1:53am