Old thread I know. But I think I must be the only person to prefer the pleathers over the velours. I've used both quite a bit now, and the sound signature is definitely a bit darker and thicker with the pleathers than the velours. With the pleathers, the upper-mids are a little recessed, making the bass and treble stand out just a bit more (though still pretty balanced and not having a V-shaped signature). The velours I found opened up the sound stage and made them much more neutral (there is a thread that compares the frequency response to show this), but to me it lost the addictive quality that it had with the pleathers. Although it was technically more transparent, it didn't seem as enjoyable.
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