Originally Posted by beaver316
I've thought up something else. By taping the foam ring to the outside of the pad, it both helps distance my ears from the driver so Im not touching it, and also feels much better than the pleather material on your skin (no sweating and oil). It's quite comfortable too. Jerg, do you think this may have a negative impact on sound in theory?
The only thing is that the foam is not meant to be used for prolonged direct contact with skin, so I can't imagine this going so well if you wear it for more than 4-5 hours, and also it might not last nearly as long as the pleathers would for the long term.
Briefly trying it, it doesn't sound bad compared to just the pads actually. Bass extension is still there, overall transparency seems just a tad lessened although because of the increased distance, there is a tad more air. Very small differences though.
Honestly, the ideal earpads for Hifiman cans would be something like the jergpads (pleathers with lots of damping holes), but a bit larger in diametre, and just a little thicker (maybe another 1/2 cm). This way the ears won't be too far from the drivers (so that midrange won't be so withdrawn and treble wouldn't be so drawn out), but it isn't close enough that people with more fanned ears would have comfort issues.