So right now I'm listening with the K81 pads. Compared to stock, the forward midrange took clearly a step back in the presentation, the 500 and 1000Hz spike isn't there anymore, they have more bass, separation is better, but they're less clear and lack details compared to stock pads.
With stock pads, they were quite detail monsters and sometimes had a VERY clear sound to them. That magic sound they had sometimes, is gone now for a less detailed, less clear, less midrange fatiguing sound.
The perfect sound would be inbetween the K81 pads and the stock pads.
I don't understand how people thought they were better than stock in terms of clarity and detail?
did you use the foam in the pads? i heard even on the akgs once their foam is removed they were much clearer and the bass was less bloated