Oh sorry. I think I mentioned it in one of the HE-500 threads instead, but they actually responded in a day or two. They cost $5 per earpad with $15 shipping. I've already got two on the way and should be here any day now. You just have to contact them and ask for the extra pads and then you can send payment. Dirt cheap actually, considering other brands cost you much, much more.
The whole plastic ring isn't that big of a deal. Just don't take off the earpads, simple as that. Only when you have to change them, but just in case something happens, you've always got that spare pad. Or you can use sanitary covers and NEVER have to change the stock earpads. Either way.
When I first saw the earpad swapping on SnazzyIpodGuy's youtube video, I was really surprised. The earpad itself looked okay, but that plastic ring looked like it was cut from Barbie doll package cover. And the 5$ price tag for a pad just confirmed my worries. I mean, really? Five buck earpads for a 900$ headphone... I guess I'll be going Audez'e even if the trebble is shelved off.
I purchased a set of used HE-500s, and for the life of me, I cannot understand why HiFiMan would opt, considering the HE-500 price tag, for such a crappy ear pad setup. My right ear pad is 1/4" thinner than the left. Talk about nightmares with sound level balance. So much for matched input tubes....Jeeezzzzz!
Anyone have an idea where one might procure decent ear pads for the 500??
It's truly unfortunate, considering price point, the 500s don't offer an ear cushion attachment system a kin to the Denon offerings. Easily detached, stuffed with more material, then reattached with out having concern regarding plastic ring breakage.
My HE-500's came yesterday brand new. The website says its genuine leather but it sure feels like pleather to me. I also own LCD-2r2 and THAT feels like leather - baby soft, luxurious leather.
I paid <$1000 for my rosewood LCDs before Audeze jacked the price up $150. Considering the HE-500 used to be $900, the LCD2 were a no brainer. Ostensibly the LCD is $145 more because the price of rosewood went up but don't kid yourself - there is nowhere near $150 worth of rosewood used in those cups.
Now that HE-500 is $700 and LCD2 is $1145, I think despite the lackluster earpads, HE-500 is the best bang for the buck.
Is there any difference between this mounting system and the HE-400?
I had a pair of HE-400s recently and changing the pads with the 4 tabs system was a bit annoying, but I never felt like I was in danger of breaking anything.
Yeah; they changed the mounting system quite a bit. rather than just slots cut into the plastic; they actually have formed nubs that hook into the headphones.