Originally Posted by jmsilva22
Hmmm...still reluctant to accept the fact that I may have to stuff with paper towel my soon to have $300+ headphones. I hope the XL pads are available SOON. Also, it's time for V-Moda to offer other earpad options like velvet or other similar fabrics. C'mon...
mmm... I really agree this this statement. I'm sure maybe the M100 fits the majority of people without any problems, but for me personally, these are not headphones that I can fall asleep on bus/train/airplane wearing. the inside of the earcup presses against my outer ear & I consider my ears to be normal-sized, not rly sticking out. So basically, after 30 minutes of wearing it gets slightly irritating & after 1 hour, I need a break. If I wear em for 2hrs+ the outer edges of my ears turn red.
Sure, I really love the style & sound quality of these headphones, but I feel this comfort issue is so disappointing. There's tons of ways around it: designing the earcup depth to be slightly deeper or having the inside driver at a slant like the sony mdr-1r, or using some material over the driver so it's not so hard, or even just offering thicker earpads. I feel like comfort is the next most important thing after sound quality, and it's kind of sad that v-moda is satisfied stopping at comfort for the "majority" of users rather than trying to maximize comfort for everyone.
I feel like that may be why headphones that hypothetically don't sound as great can attract such a larger mainstream appeal. I've tried the Bose QC15 & Beats studio and they are both have deep earcups and very soft fabric covering the driver, so no irritation/pressure. My personal most expensive headphones are the Audio-technica ANC7 ($120, 6 years ago), kinda dorky looking, but super comfortable.
While the M100 does sound better than my ANC7s, it's kinda hard to justify spending so much money on something that you have to mod to get to fit correctly. I think vmoda is a great company & these are great headphones, I just hope they do try to address this issue (while it may only be affecting a minority of users, it's kinda big deal for us) with better earpads or modify the design of their next headphone offering. They could probably even make the earpads different colors, so people who like to customize w/ shields can match their earpads lol.