Originally Posted by wje
Originally Posted by sbtruitt
I guess I am the contrarian here. I just got thru (again) A/Bing both of them for over an hour.
With the velours - for me it adds bass and makes it stronger (but no necessaily cleaner) but takes away from the soundstage and clarity. I think.
The pleathers have a bit less bass impact but the overall sound just sounds a bit brighter and with more clarity and sounstage, so again, I tried to like'm with all the endorsements for them, but just like the pleathers better. YMMV.I'm actually waiting on some Denon leather angled pads from Mark Lawton to see what they will do.
While your experience might be different, the angle pads don't necessarily improve the HE-400, but detract a bit from the capabilities. The angle pads work well for the Denon headphones. But, as "preproman" has concluded in another thread, the regular Denon pads, without the additional amount of padding to increase the wedge, can work better on the HIfiMAN HE series of headphones. Lawton Audio sells "like new" Denon pads for $35.00 a pair, plus shipping.
Hey - yeah, I've been following that thread too. When I get the Lawtons in, then I'll actually be trying the stock Denon's as they will be off my Denons to test. Maybe later If I like the stock Denon's, I might see how the Lawtons sound / feel. Never hurts to try.
EDIT: - FYI - I ordered the leather pads from Mark before I decided to buy the Hifimans - but now that I will have an extra set, wont hurt to try them all out, since I will be keeping my Denon's anyway.Edited by sbtruitt - 1/8/13 at 4:52am