I have had the Denons for a couple of days now and haven't been all that thrilled with them. First they just don't feel very comfortable to me compared to all my other cans (yes, I know, most people think they are extremely comfortable). Second, the sound has a kind of closed-in, almost claustrophobic feel to it (I know that sounds weird but it is the best way I can think of to describe it.)
Today, just for the hell of it, I tried putting my old worn out Beyer 880 velour pads on the Denons and ... I can't believe how much more comfortable they feel, and how much BETTER they sound!
Yes, I know this could well be the placebo effect but you know that feeling you get when you put on a pair of cans and listen to something you're familiar with, and you're smiling in pleasure the whole time? That's how I feel right now. It SEEMS like I'm getting a lot more detail on the high end. The soundstage seems much wider and a lot more natural-sounding now ... no more "claustrophobic" effect ... I'm just very, very happy. I was seriously thinking about returning the Denon's but now I think I'll keep them ...
Has anyone else tried this? (I know about the J-money pads and the angled pads, etc, but that is different from the Beyer pads.) The vanilla Denon pads are very angled, much thicker in the back, while the Beyer's are not angled at all, and I think this may make a big difference in how they sound.
Edited by blinkstar - 4/12/12 at 3:39pm