Originally Posted by jerg
How well-damped are those pads?
I don't hear any bloom in any region of the spectrum so I suppose the damping is adequate. The scene is still spacious and seems a bit more focused in the center of the stage.
I noticed a great improvement on "side-sounds" details with the HE-4, that is, sounds that were previously (w/ velours) not so well defined on the sides of the sound-stage, now are easily discernible.
The major improvement is in the general voicing and comfort. The highs are somewhat tamed but the clarity and sense of air remains (w/ the 4s). The sound shifts from "live" to more "studio" (not radically, of course) for an overall more natural tone.
The vocals on the 5LEs sound just real!
The downside is twofold:
- The flaps are too big so they obstruct the 4 mounting tips of the ring. I manage to put only 2 of them in the cups. They hold still even when not on the head thanks to the very deep pads. Cutting out some of the flat will to the trick but I didn't want to do it now since I'm using these for my Mad Dogs too. The Dog Pads fit perfectly, but don't sound as good (off in the treble)
- The pads are very angled and might not hold so well on the head when rolled backward. They won't fall off the head but one shouldn't move to promptly. I think the LCDs has this kind of "issue" too. I have a small head so the clamping might be insufficient for these pads.
Also, they look a bit awkward laying on the table due (again) to the depth of the pads :D
Edited by Clemmaster - 3/11/13 at 3:44am