My velour pads on the dt880 have gone ratty (flat, gooey with skin/hair oils ...ugh!!) so I want a better pad solution. I've heard a few note that the clear gels were the best (not a unanimous bias), but those are now very hard to come by (= no longer made??? even for Manufaktur line??).
So what's your impression of (or experience with) these guys?
How do they sound, seal, feel (comfort, sweat, heat dissipation, etc.) ... and how durable are they?
BTW: The high-rated gels, if you're curious ...
Okay...the softskins just came in so I can comment a bit...they are made by beyerdynamic (in Germany) and are an OEM. I think they are a fairly new offering from beyer -- not a third-party offering (that said, whether BD outsourced this project -- ala Microsoft style -- is anyone's guess). Other than the pads (cushions) themselves, the foam filter is different from that that came with my velour pads (and those are originals since when 880s were purch'd, July 2006). Specifically, the new filters seem to be a two-layer design (gray side on transducer, black on out side). The filter material has a diff. textural look and feel than the orig.
Comfortwise, they are very comfortable as are the velours. The skin-feel is just fine, and does not seem to "overheat" -- they did not make the contact area sweat or create a hotspot (ala AKG headband!).
Soundwise, the bass is a tad bit tighter over the velours, but the treble seems to have softened a bit (is that due to the new filter ??)
Isolationwise: Nothing notable.
Durability: watch this space!
Edited by alphaman - 12/29/12 at 1:00pm