Like I said, I think I would like a thicker pad that gives just 2 or 3 mm distance between ear and driver, but I don't know if such a pad exists. Also, I don't want to keep switching pads for testing purposes. This is sounding pretty sweet right now and without fatigue. Huge bass without fatigue is a real first for me, so I am happy.
Jazz also sounds just excellent on these.
I noticed in some of those slides in Japanese that someone posted somewhere indicated that part of the design behind this was to make it sound like you were in listening in a smallish, live environment. It ruins some genres, but I can see what they were going for when listening to jazz.
Anyway, my total system now, including the pads as the final touch, really work together. I don't feel the need to bother researching or trying out other stuff right now. These phones by themselves are definitely a lump of coal that takes some serious refinement to make into a usable diamond.
Too bad for the guys that didn't take the time or effort to do so and just sold them off.
With that, I will definitely have to disagree with you and say that these are NOT specific to hip hop.