I just received M50 pads to replace the stock ones on my TBSE.
I've been listening solely to my Q701 for the past few days, but I thought I'd try to listen to the Q701 and the TBSE with stock pads, and then with the M50 pads in order to compare the differences in sound.
I remember when I first tried swapping the stock TBSE pads with the pads from my M50, I thought it was too treble-ly and bass light.
I'm listening to Pandora streaming from my smartphone now. With the Q701, everything sounded nice. Don't know how else to describe it.
When I switched over to the TBSE with stock pads, everything sounded kind of distorted and very "in-your-face". It could be because I needed to turn up the volume for the Q701. I didn't adjust the volume before listening to the TBSE.
I put on the Q701 again and everything sounded gravy. I changed out the pads on the TBSE to the M50 pads and then put those on. I notice there's an increase in treble and a decrease in boomy bass. Interesting thing is, I can tell that the quality of the music wasn't very good when using the TBSE with M50 pads. The music sounded kind of thin and there was static-like noise that makes me think of lo-fi music. I didn't notice this with the Q701. Things sound smoother with the Q701.
Conclusion: I like the way my Q701 sound, because it doesn't have boomy bass. I felt that the TBSE/DJ100 has bass that's too heavy for me at times. Maybe that'll be solved with a dac (which I'll be receiving from Schiit in 3 days!). With the M50 pads on, the reduction in boomy bass makes me a happy camper. The difference between using M50 and stock pads seem pretty huge to me.
I'll have to compare my TBSE with M50 pads to my DJ100 with stock pads sometime to see if the difference is really that huge.
Another thing: Before owning the Q701, I felt like the clamp on the DJ100/TBSE were pretty loose. After using the Q701 for a week, the TSBE felt so tight!
Edited by leechi - 3/1/13 at 8:46am