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What set of cans has the best earpads?

post #1 of 16
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I have had loads of pairs of cans, the disparity in quality of pads is something that i find annoying.

Now i always try to get a feel of the pads before a purchase.

 

The best i have had were (ahem) Bose AE1 pads, they are soft beyond belief but unfortunately

 sound meh.

Beats Studio pads are very nice as well, do 'style' headphone companies spend more on pad design?

The Denon D1100 have nice pads, comfy , well stiched but not quite soft enough.

HD598 velour pads are lovely as well, velour seems easier to do well imo, my AD700 were very comfy as well.

My experiance of Grado pads has been disappointing , cheap and scratchy.

I am looking at getting the Z1000 next , Sony have never impressed me with their pads though, are the Z1000 pads nice?

post #2 of 16

I make my own out of a fuzzy blanket and some pleather

 

I rather enjoy the ones on my Senn HD598, they push your ear far back enough to have the headphones not touch your ear at all. The velour is nice and the pad is soft and supportive

 

Bose has best pads, memory foam...mmmm.....

post #3 of 16

XB700 pads are godly. Really the most comfortable headphones I've ever worn.

post #4 of 16

I liked the LCD-2 earpads, they're so roomy you can fit a bus in them.

post #5 of 16
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Originally Posted by Kukuk View Post

XB700 pads are godly. Really the most comfortable headphones I've ever worn.



Until the pleather get's to you and it's like a sweat shop. But the foam material was nice.


 

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Originally Posted by deadlylover View Post

I liked the LCD-2 earpads, they're so roomy you can fit a bus in them.


They were nice, but I found them to be too large and rolled off my fat head.

 

post #6 of 16

Beyer pads have treated me the best so far.  AD700 is a bit more comfy, but honestly tha'ts moreso because it gives both no clamping force and no bearing force from the headband moreso than the actual earpads themselves.

post #7 of 16

Heya,

 

Nothing is as comfortable as a set of Beyers. Soft pillows that don't sweat (plastic/leather sweats!).

 

Very best,

post #8 of 16

I've said it quite a bit, but for me the SR007 have the most comfie pads I've had the pleasure of trying.  I would love to try (and buy) the SR009 to see if it's as comfie or even more comfortable.

post #9 of 16

Always liked the Qualia pads. Shame they stain easily. Comfortable with great materials though, feel super light on the head. Shame about the sound! biggrin.gif

 

 

The L3000 and Sony R10 have great pads. Warm, but really nice.

 

 

On the non-leather end of things, AKG and Beyer have great pads.

 

post #10 of 16


Agreed on the Bose,  I have the quiet comfort 15s ,  used to travel a lot, trains and planes, they are even more comfortable than my Denons and Senns which are very comfortable indeed, a lot has been said about the Bose headphones generally, but ----- the quiet comforts are supreme sound isolators and supremely comfortable as well.

Matched with a good portable amp in my case Stepdance and good source, 5.5gen Imod , with the cable switch set to high, they are not too bad at all, gasp horror I hear, LoL .

 

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Originally Posted by astroid View Post

I have had loads of pairs of cans, the disparity in quality of pads is something that i find annoying.

Now i always try to get a feel of the pads before a purchase.

 

The best i have had were (ahem) Bose AE1 pads, they are soft beyond belief but unfortunately

 sound meh.

Beats Studio pads are very nice as well, do 'style' headphone companies spend more on pad design?

The Denon D1100 have nice pads, comfy , well stiched but not quite soft enough.

HD598 velour pads are lovely as well, velour seems easier to do well imo, my AD700 were very comfy as well.

My experiance of Grado pads has been disappointing , cheap and scratchy.

I am looking at getting the Z1000 next , Sony have never impressed me with their pads though, are the Z1000 pads nice?



 

post #11 of 16

Haven't experienced too many headphones, but my HD555s are the most comfy to me right now. The pads are the softest I own. I know this line has been overused but I sometimes forget that I'm wearing them. Do they use the same quality pads on all the sennheisers?

post #12 of 16

HD598 is my top in comfort so far

post #13 of 16

K601

Bose Triport

HD-598

Maxell DHP-II (memory foam).

Denon D2000

 

The most comfortable pads I've tried are on the KRK KNS-8400. The 8400 pads work on my 6400 too.

They're also memory foam.

post #14 of 16

+1 to custom pads. Real leather or microfleece and memory foam is a winning combo

post #15 of 16

I really like the Beyerdynamic 770/880 pads, like the gray or black velour.  They are quite comfy.

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