The pads kill me. I think I need to replace them anyway - they leave black dust on my face and everywhere I leave them.
The way these distribute the weight over a thinner surface area on my lobes are not comfortable at all. Perhaps the 'flat' pads, I think they're called...like Portapros and PX100s might work better - more surface area distributed on my ear or the 'bowl' pads to go on my skull.
How might flat pads and bowl pads affect tonal balance? I wouldn't really change this if I don't have to...but for low level - the imagination might be very flexible at adapting to tonal shifts?