I have an older pair. Usually I need to really tighten them (they don't clamp) to improve the bass. I never liked the looks of the Alpha pads.
The HD800 pads are cool. It's like a giant glove for your ear (kind of how a baseball glove is a giant extension of your hand, the HD800 is like a glove for your ear).
Btw, both pairs really like the Voshkods, despite their different sound signatures.
Yes the HD800s are like a glove, they're also flexible in the correct angles to lay naturally on the top and sides of the head. I can wear them for 4-5 hours with no physical fatigue at all. I guess after trying the Mad Dogs and the HE500s, I really appreciate them more. There is a pair of D7000s on Audiogon I may try, I still need a closed back pr.
Yes the Voskhod tubes (especially the '75 gray shields) are magical in the Lyr with the HD800/Black Dragons! This combination has really sold me on what high end headphones can do. Details I have never heard before, they continue to surprise and amaze me. Now of course my $20k in source is a major factor. But all the more revealing of weakness down stream. The Woo WA6se is gone! That's how good the Lyr is with the right tubes.
Edited by rb2013 - 8/12/13 at 8:17pm