I know this has been talked about a lot and generally people just hate the stock pads. However I would like to ask, how bad are they? I have a friend who is looking for a headphone that can maximally cost what I can get this one for, he is not willing to buy pads. Would you say the comfort and SQ is so bad without pads that it would be better to go for something other?
His other option is a JVC HA-S400 and he would get AKG pads for that one. Does anyone have either the s400 or s500 and could compare the comfort of the stock s400 pads to the stock efi-82? I know I'm asking whether you would rather burn or drown, but he doesn't really mind the stock s400 pads for his headphone usage.