Here's a picture of my rotated alpha pads. Not sure how much C.C.S. rotated his, so no guarantees. Heck, I'm not even sure if anyone can even see the rotation, but it's there...
Also, please excuse my messy desk...
Just so that I understand, are the pads rotated couter-clockwise or clockwise? About 25*?
the top is turned backwards on each cup so that it lines up with ear angle, as i understood. this may be different form person to person how much it is needed.
Well isn't that common sense?
I always adjusted the pad so that they match the shape of my head. Ideally, the pad should be thicker on the bottom/back part to accommodate for the jaw's shape. Those with big rounded head might not notice much change here because there's not much to compensate for.
The old velour pads from Hifiman also were thicker on one half, which made it easier to get a good seal. The new pads not so much...
To be fair, it's more of an adjustment than a modification, you aren't changing anything permanently or altering it fundamentally... Just adjusting for fit, like you would adjust the arms or whatever. It's nice that the angled pads can easily be rotated tho, not always the case w/other headphones.
What about HE-400s?
I personally think the HE400's are over hyped. The only thing I preferred on them was the open sound stage the MD's don't have - and that's more of an open vs closed issue anyway. The HE400's were much too sibilant and unrefined to my ear, and I would suggest trying them before buying them to make sure that won't bother you.
I have gone from the HE400's MD's to the HE500's but I think I'll be purchasing the balanced MD's soon as I really like their sound.
I have no experience with the LCD2's but a lot of people liken them to the MD's on steroids; perhaps someone who has/does own both can weigh in.