I still find the velour pads more comfortable than the focus pads, because they are more spacious and less scratchy. The focus pads does sound more balanced and "focussed" so to speak. I'm still waiting to see whether my copper upgrade cable tames a bit of the high end along with a warmer SS amp. If not, some darker sounding pads would be welcome as long as it doesn't sound like the pleathers.
See my previous post (last on the previous page). Sounds like what you're going for sound-wise.