This thread might save me a lot of money. After years using IEM's I fancy some change and like to try now some proper headphones. I thought I get the v-moda M80 but then I discovered this thread. Carbon nanotubes....cool! The price is also right and the reviews are pretty good too reading between the lines ;-)
Re the above eBay earpads I just like to point out that in the description it says that they might be seconds with possible defects. I hope it works out for those who already ordered them.
As someone who bought the SA500's and the M-80's within a week of each other, I am glad you think you would be content with the former. Don't try on the M-80's. Hint: even without burn-in the M-80s sound way better. But hey, it also costs 3x as much ($50 vs $150) and ignorance is bliss.