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post #511 of 521
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Originally Posted by ScarboroughFair View Post

Sure, I'll check those up. But damn, those focus pads are quite pricey. I'm saving up for my next portable can (Philips L1) but if those pads are soft like kitten fur. Sorry about my wallet. frown.gif

You're already a big help, but please excuse one last question. How does the DT 990 pads compare to the focus pads in terms of comfort and sound quality?

Edit: Does the HM5 pads fit the HE 400? How'd those compare too?

DT990 pads work ok, but not great compared to the HiFiMan FocusPads. They don't have the necessary foam density to maintain the planar subbass response. The comfort factor is pretty equal anyway... You're splitting hairs on two of the most comfortable pads on the market. The sound upgrade on the FocusPad is worth it, IMO.

If the Beyer pads had just a little bit more room on the plastic mounting circle, you could fit a HiFiMan foam spacer in there with the mounting ring, which would totally fix the issue, but I've tried again and again, and it just won't fit.

I personally hate the HM5 pads. They are incredibly veiled, in my opinion. They are very soft, but they're kinda hot, and the detail loss was unacceptable for me. YMMV.
post #512 of 521
I thought the HM5 are supposedly more comfortable than the Focus pads? Oh sorry, too much question already. I appreciate your responses.
post #513 of 521
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Originally Posted by ScarboroughFair View Post

I thought the HM5 are supposedly more comfortable than the Focus pads? Oh sorry, too much question already. I appreciate your responses.

It's subjective, I guess. They are pretty comfortable, I didn't find them to be exceptional. YMMV.
post #514 of 521
Is the Focus pad-A as comfortable as the Focus pad? I might check out the mod you posted. And does it stay in the HE 400? Because I heard the Focus pad rotates.
post #515 of 521
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Originally Posted by ScarboroughFair View Post

Is the Focus pad-A as comfortable as the Focus pad? I might check out the mod you posted. And does it stay in the HE 400? Because I heard the Focus pad rotates.

Double stick tape prevents rotation an moderately improve subbass response, FYI. They both attach the exact same way.

Comfort is the same, unless you have larger ears. The opening on FocusPad-A is 0.5cm smaller. For reference, I'm about 6' tall with pretty average sized ears, and I don't find it problematic at all.
post #516 of 521
I really appreciate it mate, I think I'll go with the Focuspads.
post #517 of 521
Hi all,

I m new to this forum as well as world of headphones.

I had recent bought a pair of Status Audio HD1 & a pair of ATH M40x.

I intend to use the HD1 on the go, but the "on the ear padding" is not comfortable like the M40x which is "over the ear" design. So come the idea of DIY. I bought a pair of "over the ear padding" for Shure headphones (not sure for which model).

What I can foresee is the phone will be very close to the ear after the modification.

I wrote to Status Audio on removing of the padding but the reply was that its non removable.

So before I go ahead with my project, I need to know roughly how will the changing from "on the ear padding" to "over the ear padding" affect the sound.

Also I hope to have some advice on how to go about this project.

Many thanks.

Dennis Kee
Edited by denniskee - 4/28/15 at 12:36am
post #518 of 521

Sorry if this has already been covered but could someone please tell me the difference between the Focus Pads and Focus Pads-A?

 

I have just bought a set of HE-6s that came fitted with Focus Pads [A?] but am not sure which version they are.

 

They are leather on the outside with a velour surface where it touches the head...

post #519 of 521
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Originally Posted by guido View Post
 

Sorry if this has already been covered but could someone please tell me the difference between the Focus Pads and Focus Pads-A?

 

I have just bought a set of HE-6s that came fitted with Focus Pads [A?] but am not sure which version they are.

 

They are leather on the outside with a velour surface where it touches the head...

 

FocusPads have a perforated pleather inner ring, and slightly thicker foam inside, so they're a bit deeper.  The FocusPad-As have a gradually sloping inner ring that, IIRC, is velour, but don't quote me on that.  There have been quite a few discussions about how each affects the sound, most of which are in the HE-560 thread, I believe.  There are probably comments along the same line in the HE-500 thread, and this thread.

 

Both types have leather on the outside and velour on top, so the inner ring is the easiest (only?) way to tell them apart.

 

HTH.

post #520 of 521

Can somebody elaborate on the "double sided tape" pad mod?  Do you just put some double sided tape between the bottom of the ear pad and the spacer ring?

post #521 of 521
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Originally Posted by RiddleyWalker View Post
 

Can somebody elaborate on the "double sided tape" pad mod?  Do you just put some double sided tape between the bottom of the ear pad and the spacer ring?

 

For me, it means double-sided tape between the baffles (which are screwed into the cups) and the mounting rings (which are part of the pads, in essence).  If you really want to enhance the seal, you can use some foam to stuff the holes in the mounting rings, then stick 'em.  If you really want them to stick, carpet tape is great.  jerg and others have experimented with silicone putty type stuff (somewhere near the end of this thread: http://www.head-fi.org/t/738912/he-560-enhancement-mod-v1-5).

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