Looks like they fixed the loose fit. Both the open and closed versions look like they use cloth pads, though at different densities (not sure on the closed, but it didn't look like pleather to me).
Nice of Audio Technica to FINALLY put a legit headset out, seeing how popular the AD700 is.
I sorta wish they got in touch with me so I could review them.
Man, they should have contacted you, noticing the following this thread has created. I am DEF interested in the closed back ones, I may get a pair and make a comparison against my Beyer MMX-300. For 279.99 tho, they better be good.....
If they use the same drivers as the ad700, can we expect a big jump from he mmx?