Post man delivered the cans yesterday afternoon. Didn't get a chance to try them out properly yet because I had to dash out to dinner, but I have had them burning in. I will definitely post a "The lamens' impression" thread when I've had some good time with them. I obviously tried them for a minute, and I realised that the volume was a lot lower than the headphones I'd just had in. Source is an iPhone4 no amp. On my Numark PHX Pro's, full volume on iPhone was really loud, but when I switched directly to the Pro 900's on the same song, the volume was noticeably lower... Didn't analyse anything in terms of SQ or anything, I quickly plugged them into the MacBook, turned the volume up to 3/4 and hit play on iTunes and left them be...
One thing I noticed immediately and I'm not a fan of are the pads. Whilst they are excellent quality and would have no issue leaving them if these cans were used solely at home, however to MY taste and situation, I prefer leather earpads. Reasons being, I will be listening to these on my travels to and from work on trains. The velour pads leak too much, I'm not one for annoying the people around me since I've grown up, where it used to be a pleasure. lol.I also like the look and feel of (p)leather, but most of all from prior experience with different headphones, I prefer the sound with leather rather than velour. My old Numarks came with both. I'm not sure if this is headphone specific, and I know the Ultrasones might yield a different result, but it's something I'm willing to try.
I have seen many options and techniques people have used, namely retro fitting J-Money/Lawson Denon pads. I don't want these, as they're too thick. I have found new stock Denon leather(pleather?) pads for $35 odd bucks d I like the lower profile, sleeker look over the thicker 'angle' J$'s. They seem closer to the stock Ultrasone velour pads too in terms of size/depth.
Do stock Denon pads fit perfectly (glued obviously)? (I would assume so, seeing as J-money/Lawsons are made for the Denon, which in turn are used on the Pro9's)
Other than insulating, what effect does this mod have on sound? I know on my old headphones it used to tighten up the bass nicely, driving it harder and "punchier" into my brain.
Any advice would be sincerely appreciated.
Can someone who has done this mod also comment on their experiences?
Just for reference, I listen to psytrance, minimal, techno, and on occasion change it up and slap on some Muse... lol, random I know.
Oh and by the by, I will be looking at amping after a good burn in / listen for a while.