Spent a couple of weeks with the new velour pads, and oh my it's yummy. For those people who have the older pads or leatherpads I would highly encourage the newer velour pads. It is made of finer more dense material and it has done several things. (IMHO)
1. Added more meat to the bass and mids, now roughly on par with the LCD-2 R2. No, I'm not kidding it's very close now, amazing, just amazing jaw-dropping bass weight, speed, extension.
2. Shifted the timbre so that the midrange (vocals) sound more "real" or "natural" as people put it, again very close to the LCD-2 R2, hard to decide which sounds more "natural."
3. Sound stage has become even more 3-Dimensional, better layering.
Treble soars, smooth, showing me what was missing witht LCD-2 R2. WOW...
This is just my guess but the differences in opinion about how good the HE-500 is should be prefaced by asking which pads one is using because the new velour pads are the bee's knees for me.
Edited by M-13 - 12/16/11 at 9:33pm