Originally Posted by jerg
I feel that the velours seem to render bass in a way that has a lot of tactility, but less texture/growl. Default pleathers just have muddy bass, and jergpad mod brings the bass texture up a lot, though the tactility still trails behind thicker pads like velours/J$s. I guess I prefer it because it is a more musical and less "fun" bass, but I understand your view on the difference.
The sound is still not perfect with jergpads but it is as good of a compromise as we can pull off in terms of pad-fi so far. IMO someone with more experience in making pads (e.g. Lawton guys) could really look into designing the perfect pads for Hifiman headphones, in the image of pleathers (not too thick, and fairly big opening).
It may have something to do with the fact that with the velours your ears are further from the driver. Some report that you get better bass when you lift the driver from your ears to create a bigger distance.
What about the instrument separation? Not sure if my ears are playing tricks on me but I get the feeling that wih velour I can hear individual instruments with better clarity, while the jergpad seems to give priority to vocals so background instruments seems slightly pushed back.
None of these are criticism of the mod, it's just a different tonality which some would prefer. Im still on the fence though. Im with you 100% about designing the perfect earpad. There's much more performance to be extracted from pad-fi, this mod proves it, we just need the perfect compromise if that's even possible.