Got the Somic MH463 today, after a two day delay, shipping went to Billings, Montana, before Minnesota?????? First thing I did was put the rubber piece back in the headband. It looked like crap without it, and if you have a normal size head, with the wings adjusted properly, they stay put really well with them barely touching the top of my head, they feel just like my EFi82 MT, that has a similar build, width, weight to the headband. Master Troll's are cheap bastards trying to mod everything with cotton balls, LMAO!
They came with Turtle Beach pads, cheap looking and uncomfortable for me, so I went to the Shure 840 pads, sounded the same as the Turtle Beach pad, the 840 pads were more comfortable. I tried the HE-400 pads, both the pleather and velour, the pleather pads made the MH463 sound veiled, congested, velour bass light, but big soundstage and a lot of detail. I use the velour HE-400 pads on my Somic EFi82 MT, but I did a cable upgrade on them, so they sound great with the velours. I did a cable upgrade on the MH464 to a DHC Peptide Hybrid, and wow, did these headphones change. Bass quantity, quality went way up, much tighter bass, with more details and a very large soundstage. I tried them with the Turtle Beach pads, HM5 pads, Shure 840 pads, HE-400 pads, since I got these used, no stock pads, but all of these pads still had way too much low end. I ended up putting the HE-400 velour pads on, and everything is now balanced out, and I am happy with the comfort, not hot feeling. Since I had the veloiurs on the EFi82, I was/am very happy with the comfort. Still a lot of bass, more than I normally like but with the huge soundstage, details and balanced sound, I am very happy with the sound, just like I was hoping. Vocals are very very nice, warm both male and female. The soundstage is the biggest I have heard on a headphone, including my HD600, HD580 and my Somic EFi 82 MTl. They are a very nice suprise, and a competitive compliment to my other three headphones. A very nice clean sound, with lots of details, and a huge soundstage with excellent separation/imaging. With the wire I am now using, they definately perform up there with above $300 phones!