Originally Posted by kodyaudio
I do enjoy the beyer sound, from the isolation graphs "headphones.com" the t5p has good isolation out of the box, which ear pads did you go with? Do it yourself? What's a practical comparison of your t5p before and then after modification of ear pads?
I tried three pads: the stock leather pads, the J$ leather pads, and the (now discontinued) Beyer clear gel pads. Of the three, I found the gel pads to sound the best to my ears, although they can cause a little sweatiness and aren't as comfortable as the other two. I went back to look over the notes I took when I was switching back and forth, and the gel pads brought a little more weight to the bass, increased the clamping force on head a bit (which was an improvement IMO), and generally isolated a bit better which allowed everything to sound a bit more impressive by virtue of not having to fight outside noise as much. On the downside, the gel pads look like the result of an abhorrent tryst between a jellyfish and a prophylactic, and definitely don't fit with the elegant, modernist look Beyer does so well.
I have the J$ pads on it now, but only because I've been too lazy to switch it back to the gel pads. The J$ pads, as I recall, do offer a slight improvement in the overall SQ from the stock pads, but I can't find my notes on it so I don't have specifics. I will say that after using the uber-luxurious stock pads, they feel somewhat cheap in comparison. The J$ pads are also a thicker than the stock pads, which again helps to improve the clamping force and decrease the problems of having to constantly readjust the cans when moving around. (I've been told I have a pretty large head, so I don't think the lack of clamping force is a phrenological failing on my part :P).
I plan to do some more listening, take notes, and post a detailed comparison at some point, but I just haven't gotten around to it yet. Hopefully this will suffice in the meantime. Also, I should note that while I have never done the comparison myself, I read numerous posts during my research where people said the black Beyer gels were an abomination and were wholly injurious to the sound, while the clear gels were an improvement. Again, I can't speak to that personally, but it may be something to keep in mind if you decide to pick some up.
And as far as the isolation goes, I find it nearly perfect for shutting out the low murmur of sounds around the house, but insufficient for use out in the world in noisy areas. The bass response (which I already find to be a bit underwhelming in quantity) absolutely evaporates in noisy areas. Apparently this is very common (I had never really looked at isolation graphs before I got the T5p, but now that I do I've noticed the low frequencies seem to be the most affected by outside noise on pretty much any headphone or IEM), and when I tried to EQ the bass up to a listenable level from my phone (Neutron media player), I got a lot of distortion due to the large increases required. Also, there are some ergonomic considerations that don't favor portable use (the cups are pretty large and don't swivel, so anytime you need to put them around your neck you feel like you're wearing the world's largest and most restrictive neck brace), so I basically just quit trying to use them on the go. YMMV, but I imagine these to be pretty standard findings.
I just finished my coffee for the morning, so hopefully that explains and excuses the less-than-linear nature of my thoughts here. Holla if you have any other questions!!