Originally Posted by Craigster75
As there has been such a wide range of perceived changes with the XL pads, I believe variation in ear size and shape will provide a different listening experience for everyone. I can see why launching XL pads was not a "snap" decision for Val. For me, I don't consider the sound better or worse, just different. Val made the point awhile ago regarding launch delays of the M-100 that careful thought is required when launching a new product as it is not like software where one can install an update. If there is ever an M-100-2 (i.e.LP2), a magnetic earpad would be a great way to switch between the two pads which I believe I would do frequently if it was an option.
+1. I think it's silly to say that the new XL earpads will universally improve or worsen the sound quality for users. Whether the perceived change in sound quality is positive or negative depends on the user's sound signature preference and individual ear shape/size. It's a subjective change in sound. The point of the XL earpads is to improve comfort and fit for the user.
If you believe that the sound signature depends on getting the right fit, then improving the fit for users that find the old earpads uncomfortable will allow them to hear the sound signature as originally intended. However, this change can be perceived as positive or negative depending on the user's sound signature preference.
If the old earpads were mashing up against your ears and causing discomfort, you obviously didn't have the correct fit, so you wouldn't be hearing the sound signature as it was intended compared to someone else whose ears fit snugly. ...so if you are experiencing discomfort, but find that you still prefer the sound signature of the uncomfortable earpads, I hope you know that you probably aren't getting the "signature V-Moda sound," but rather you are probably just perceiving more bass because the driver is mashed up directly against your ear. lol!
It's not that the regular earpads or the XL earpads have intrinsic properties that make them sound better or worse, but it is how the earpads personally FIT on your individual ears that makes the sound quality improve. As Val likes to say, "The fit is the sound."
There is no need to sacrifice comfort for sound, because if the earpads are not comfortable, they do not fit correctly, and the sound signature is not correctly optimized for your ears. I see the XL pads as an amazing product for people who need it, and it shows us that V-Moda understands that finding the perfect sound is not a one-size-fits-all.
Edited by money4me247 - 10/12/13 at 10:53pm