Originally Posted by jerg
The velours prevent some of the resonance that pleather pads cause, by leaking out a lot of the sound that's hitting the inner rims of the pad. Consequently the sound becomes cleaner.
The most obvious way you can tell is that with the pleathers, HE500 or HE400s sound a bit "cupped". But most of that effect is eliminated with a pad switch to velours.
Are you sure that's really happening, jerg? Have you actually seen any of the sound waves bouncing around the rim of the pleathers?
I just want to know so that when I put the prickly, hard velours on I can be satisfied that I'm suffering in a good cause. You know we headfier's will bear anything for the tiniest improvement.
BTW: Does anyone else find the earpads really hard to get on these phones? Someone said to bend them slightly, but I don't have the strength. Takes me ages.