1) Enhance clarity through the whole spectrum
2) Provide better presence in the mids
3) Further smooth the frequency response
4) Tighten and smooth the bass
5) Isolate even better
6) Provide soundstage on par with the best open phones
7) Improve dynamics at all volume levels, and sound better on lower-end amps/portable media players
I listened to these for 3 hours this morning and here are my thoughts regarding what the pads are trying to accomplish:
1/3) Clarity is improved though low frequencies can sometimes get drowned out from what I've noticed. Don't know if it is because of the extra distance and angle of the pads. Pearl Jam's Release is a good example of the bass guitar being very very quiet with the new pads but louder with the MD. Glorified G is another one where the mids seemingly overpower the bass, which I don't remember noticing with the MD. Then Dissident comes on and everything sounds right. Perhaps the recording? It's just a flac CD rip. Treble is on par with MD's. I'm very sensitive to treble and these do nothing to make the higher frequencies fatiguing which is something I loved about the MD.
2) Mids are brought noticeably forward
4) Bass is tightened and sounds more clear, but it isn't a huge difference. Seems very close to the MD. Maybe i can't hear it enough though :P
5) Definitely isolate much better
6) Soundstage is noticeably wider, but i'm not a soundstage guy so either way it's good to me :) I don't like instruments sounding super far away.
7) Didn't like it at all on my FiiO E09K/E17 combo. Bass is better on the Magni/Modi and just sounds a more transparent. I listen to 9 o clock on the M/M and 10-11 on the FiiO.
Ears are not getting much warmer with these than the MD's here at work. I'm going to blame the space heater computer I have in my room.
Edited by nam3less - 2/12/13 at 10:36am