Do you confirm that the pads are NOT replaceabile?
They're not. The PSB M4Us' are, so I'm not sure what's up with that. Otherwise stellar 'phones.
And if anyone's nice enough to answer my last-page post, if it wasn't clear, I was asking about the stitching between the pad and the darker/matte lower cushion.
Now that's a bummer.... Is this 100% for sure?
These cans are on their way to me and I rejected the Philips Fidelio X1 for exactly this reason. And because I don't live in the US sending back is just too much of a pain in the A**.
Believe me, I've read a lot about these cans. Everything rates somewhere between warm praise and adulation. This is phooey. I don't have much headphone experience, but these kick my 598's to the curb . (Don't really miss the wider sound-stage all that much.)
They're not 'officially' user-replaceable. I took a look at one of the picture's from Innerfidelity's review and the back looks pretty deformed from removal. Then again I never tried it.
Oh? So it's just like the M4U's? It's odd they don't mention it at all, or even of spare parts, anywhere!
Of these three, IME the AKG 550 easily wins for widest soundstage.
I think they're pretty good headphones but at their price point the competition is very strong.
Back and forth with the Momentum's for a week or so,
ultimately decided I like the Momentum's more.
And, I noticed the Sony MDR-7520's selling on Amazon yesterday for $348.00 -
if the HP50's are still locked at $299.00, IMO going for the Sony's over them
for that small difference is a no-brainer.