Still using the BH. I was using the E12 for a while last night, but now that I've switched back to the BH again, I really like how the sound opens up with the SF switch. Using OUT2, SF and LF on. Laptop -> Traktor Audio 2 -> BH. Gonna grab an ELE DAC in the near future to see how that affects the sound. For $20, why not?
And I guess they're circumaural. My ears fit the cup from bottom to top, with the back of the pads comfortably behind my ears. I just bugs me that I can sometimes feel my ears against the inside of the cup. How is the SQ affected by the HM5 pads?
I previously said this to bjaardker: "The sound is looser than with the stock pads, and with some resonance, but you might not mind it. Might be worth a shot!".
He doesn't seem to find that they change the sound very much though, so they might work for you.
And yeah, the ele dac is pretty darned good imo (regardless of the price tag). I might try out the $45 hifimedy (which is supposed to be an upgrade) just out of curiosity to changethings up. But definitely not because I feel the need to, as I really am quite happy with this ele dac and how it pairs with the E12/AD900X and the BH/WS99.