Originally Posted by Saoshyant
With enough determination, and a bit of stubbornness, any part of a headphone can be replaced. Plus, this is their first outing in headphones in a long, long time. Who's to say if they won't release replacement pads down the line.
I anticipate that they're going the Fidelio route and making a headphone with non-replaceable pads, or at least not selling their own as part of the reason. The reasoning might not make sense to you or me, but the effect is the same. Between my aforementioned nitpicks with its build quality and the lack of replacement pads, I'm led to believe that this isn't a headphone that was designed for long-term use in mind.
I have a lot of faith in Onkyo. What they made was a stellar product and I hear nothing but good about the company. Which is why I can only hope that what you're suggesting comes true at some point. I didn't mean for my post to seem like angry consumer ranting, but obsolescence - planned or not - always grinds my gears.
That said, I'll probably be able to find a good replacement part from another vendor. If I ever go looking around, I'll let you all know what I find. This isn't a headphone I'm going to let waste away, and I'm not just saying that because I spent $100 on it.