Originally Posted by vaed
Hey elwappo99, if you're still around, do you think you can list some concrete impressions? Haha, I hate to be THAT guy, but my curiosity about these pads is still piqued. Sorry for poking you!
P.S. And anyone else, of course.
Ooops! I posted that when I was away and forgot to reply. Ever forget? Happened to me.
More than I'd like to admit.
Well, I gave it a run through trying my best to jot down ideas as I went. I decided while I was stripping pads off, I might as well try some Brainwavz HM5/Fischer FA-003 pads that I had. I compared them to the MD pads (as a control).
Love these pads They're big and fluffy and softer than the MD pads. It's like a big memory foam pillow squeezing down. Not a lot of extra clamping force (I have a big head).
Bass is really great, much more controlled, and a little bit more transparent
Mids are about the same, but they lack the smoothness of the MD pads.
Highs are much more present to the point of being on the verge of sibilant. Keep in mind the Stax pads have a much looser filter, so I'm not sure how this would affect the sound, but I feel like it would. Treble is much more present, but lacks the smoothness of the MD pads.
Soundstage is wider, but less focused
(Had this same result when I "lifted" the pads on the Denon D7000, would love to know if a denser filter would help :/ )
Brainwavz HM5/Fischer FA-003
Clearer bass, but not as clear as the Stax
Midrange and treble are much more pronounced but still lack the smoothness of the MD pads
Soundstage is wider, not as much as the stax, but still more than the MD pads. Still has a bit of focus loss
Bass less controlled and more in quantity,
midrange and treble recessed, but much smoother
intimate (i.e. closer in) sound, clear focus in the middle, more defined separation
In a somewhat strange note, I really like these pads for their heat distribution. They get warm, but also seem to dissipate it fast enough to not get too warm.