Anaxilus - just curious, how did you mod your HE-5? Is it difficult to do? I have a pair here sitting with me, beautiful phone and sound great but I cannot listen to them for long periods as they are rather shrill. i'm wondering if modding them would suit me better.
Ditch the velour pads, they're attrocious. You can try pleather Shure 840 type pads. I use Beyer Gel pads currently w/o any foam in front. You can play w/ different damping schemes/materials in front and behind the driver to suit your tastes. Search out Fang mod to see how to pop off the grills, just be careful w/ the plastic inner ring snapping. Source and material will matter of course so YMMV.
Edited by Anaxilus - 9/15/12 at 10:48pm