Did you own the original Hesh, or the Hesh 2.0 that was released when they hired Tetsuro?
Also your posts are chock-full of absolute obsession, and definite bias. The fact that you're also getting defensive when several members point it out is further proof.
Furthermore, you're putting words in to our mouths. It was never implied that you think they're the worlds best headphones, but you are severely overplaying their worth. Comparing them to headphones that out perform them, such as the KNS series, the M50, the ATH T series, or even heavyweights like the high-end AKG and Sennheiser is just absurd.
Not attacking you, btw. Just pointing out the truth.
Relevant to discussion, has anyone tried doubling up on pads? I'm currently using the skullcandy hesh 2.0 pads, then placing the stock dj-100 pads over them. the first layer of padding acts as a makeshift liberator. Because of the increased driver distance, mid/highs are more focused, and the lower frequencies toned down a notch. soundstage increased because of the increased distance. it is surprisingly pleasing to listen to. i am giving it real, critical listening.
I've listened to enough headphones personally to know that if a headphone from a good manufacturer is priced in a certain price-bracket it's generally going to be better than something cheaper regardless of a persons personal preference. I don't expect any of the $50-100 headphones to sound as good as my DT 990 Pro, which I personally prefer to the AKG Q701, Beyer DT 880, and the Senn HD 600/650, but I wouldn't consider them in a league above rather they are in the same league and each just has a different flavor. I only found the Senns overpriced comparatively, some reason the HD 6xx skyrocketed in street price and never went back down or fluctuate in price anymore, I guess it's the hype machine behind them. I am curious about the DJ100 because they are a closed headphone and seem semi-portable, so I don't plan to mod them and if I change pads the pads can't change the look of the headphone much, if they pass my test for clarity and I find them pleasing to the ears, I will buy them, if not I'll look elsewhere.