Today I have received my Sennheiser HD 430 pads for replacement to the HD 540 Reference II. Before I bought them I have tested my headphones with the HD 250 Pads which was already discussed in this thread, but however I dont liked these pads.
The HD 250 Pads are way to expensive (30€) and the HD 540 II lost its sound qualities with it.
First thing I have to say is that I am really suprised about the HD 430 pads in a positive way. The build quality is amazing and at least as good as the HD 250 Pads for almost half of the price (17€)
Pleather is a bit thinner, but very tight and slick-much better than the shoddy HD 530 Pads which cost about the same. The pads itsself are more flat than the HD 250 Pads, so that the ears are more close to the driver, but the wearing comfort is still very good.
What to say about the sound quality is that the HD 430 pads make a much better impression on the HD 540 Reference II, than before with my HD 250 pads. So I think that this a good compromise in compare to the old verlour pads.
The sound is very dry, splashy, and intimate. The sound stage is wide, but still not wide as the HD 530, although they have two different sound characters. So its only a question of personal preference.
But Iam happy that the somehow washed out sound with HD 250 now has gone.
Edited by VISAVIS-GER - 5/5/14 at 8:18am