I wonder if the headband mod would pair well with the Hifiman pads then, which are a bit larger than the stock and the Turtle Beach pads. Reducing the headband weight would certainly go a ways to making the 463s more comfortable long-term. However, the cups are also fairly heavy (comparing to the SR850s, Uptowns, and EFi's). These are fairly beefy phones in general.
There is a rubber piece in the EFi82 MT just like the MH463. I don't find the headband heavy. Combined with the HE-400 velour pads, they don't move on my head, and they don't apply any pressure on the top of my head when adjust correctly. These are headphones, not portables, so don't expect them to stay put while doing housework, that's what IEM's are for. I have been enjoying the MH463 with a rewire, I have access to some type 2 litz at a reasonable cost, makes them sound right up there with my HD600 and HD580, only with a bigger soundstage, and I am using a tube amp as well. If using the velour HE-400 pads you can soften them up by washing in hot water a couble of times, squeeze out the water, and throw them in the dryer for 15-20 minutes, more comfotable now. If you decide to take the headband apart, a word of caution, there is a tiny ball bearing inside that easily falls out, and is very hard to get back in place.
With the wire I used, it was like bumping the bass up about 4-5db, plenty of quality, tight, subbass, using velour pads, so the sparkle and detail is also there, with smooth vocals, and mids. sound is fantastic! I think that without the rubber in the headband the quality of the tone is lost, and they sound cheap and thin, they were designed that way for a reason!
Edited by cute - 3/31/13 at 10:29am