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post #1516 of 1525
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Originally Posted by Mad Max View Post
 

 

All of them, but they have advantages and disadvantages over one another.  It could be argued that they are all just as good, I personally prefer Shure pads.  The next guy will tell you that HM5 or HD280 pads are better, and so forth.

 

Let me ask you this then, do you like having plenty of extra, tuneful bass?  Go for Shure pads.

Do you prefer an airier, less bassy sound?  HM5 pads or HD280 pads.

I don't want to be too specific on HM5 vs. HD280 as the HD280 pads that I have are not in the best condition.

 

HD280 pads are comfortable but not as squishy as the stock pads yet not as firm as the Shure pads.  HM5 pads aren't that much firmer than the stock pads.  All sport a better inner side to their earpads versus the stock pads, which means improved sound quality.  Tighter bass with clearer, more detailed subbass, better soundstaging, mildly better mids and highs.  In my experience, soft inner sides on ear pads just muddies the sound, wrinkling worsens things a bit more.

HI MadMax.

Tks for your time.
I dont think i need more bass. I'd prefer more soundstage / crispy highs. but if i lose bass to have more soundstage / highs, i do prefer the increased bass from Shure pads.
What do you think?

 

Tks!!!

post #1517 of 1525
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Originally Posted by deantonibrito View Post
 

HI MadMax.

Tks for your time.
I dont think i need more bass. I'd prefer more soundstage / crispy highs. but if i lose bass to have more soundstage / highs, i do prefer the increased bass from Shure pads.
What do you think?

 

Tks!!!

 

Give the HM5 pads a go anyway.  Bass will simply be no louder than the midrange.  If you want more than that, then Shure pads.

post #1518 of 1525
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Originally Posted by Mad Max View Post
 

 

Give the HM5 pads a go anyway.  Bass will simply be no louder than the midrange.  If you want more than that, then Shure pads.

Cant get the HM5 , because they dont ship to my country (Brazil).

 

My ears are big, so i need i bigger pad. I see the Shure is smaller.

 

I will try the hd280. What do you think ?

 

tks

post #1519 of 1525

Those should do, and I recommend removing the grey foam that you will see on the back of each pad.  They are for tuning HD280's bass, I don't think they are beneficial to K545 or other headphones you might try the pads on.

post #1520 of 1525

OK just received a pair of NVX XPT100 (rebadged HM5/FA-003) and tried the angled earpads on the 545 and quite liked the sound and comfort, the straight pads would also work but I have not tried them yet. Both earpads are extremely comfortable but are also on the edge of being to large especially on the long oval ends. I found the following links.

 

Angled pads - http://www.nvx.com/xre100a-comfortmax-angled-cushions/

Standard Pads - http://www.nvx.com/xre100s-comfortmax-standard-cushions/

 

These may be an option for those not wanting a tighter or very tight fit as I seem to recall the HM5 having to full a pad for my liking back in the day. This pad may also lessen the distance between the drivers and the ear and be more like the original 545 pads for distance.

 

Here are some pictures of the angled pads on the K545. When worn they compress so are not quite as large as they appear in the pictures.

 

Edit: after more listening the angled pads made the headphone brighter while the standard pad sounded a lot more like the original pads. So I do recommend the standard pads over angled for the K545. See the last picture to see the standard pads.

 


Edited by dweaver - 9/10/14 at 6:44pm
post #1521 of 1525

Those pads sure are expensive unlike the hm5 standard replacement pads which are almost half the price.

post #1522 of 1525
The HM5 pads being stiffer will provide a better seal for anyone finding the original design to loose. The XPT100 pads will just be more like the original pad in size who'll offering more ear room.
post #1523 of 1525

After a few days of playing around I have switched back to the default pads as I didn't really have an issue with them anyway and have to say I prefer the K545 unmodified. But these pads do offer yet another option for those who just can't get along with the stock configuration.

post #1524 of 1525
I went back to the stock pads a couple of weeks ago and found that my upper ear discomfort disappeared when I moved the headband down from 9 to 8. When I first got the K545 the headband was at 10. I wore my previous headphones (ATH-M50) kinda loose but the pad height was more generous than the K545 so they didn't press against either end of my ear. The seal seems like it's better too. The K545 might be smaller than the K550 but I couldn't see anyone besides NBA centers using the full range of the headband. NBA players all use Beats though.biggrin.gif
post #1525 of 1525
I've gone back to stock for about two months and I actually like them more than the brainwavz hm5 pads lol. The only mod I have on this is bending the headband and throwing the HD280 headband over the stock.

Only thing I don't like about my stock pads are the small inner circumference and QC issues with the uniformity of the pads.

I kinda solved them both by stretching the pads a bit and rotating the cups till the surface area matched my head a bit more.

And yeah, the headphone seems to actually decrease in comfort quite dramatically if the headband slider is extended too much; you really have to spend a fair amount of time to figure out the sweet spot in comfort.

I generally wear them and then after I stop noticing the discomfort, I slowly adjust the headphone till it becomes a bit more comfortable again. Usually it involves tilting the cups inward and tightening the headband sliders by 1 each.

The only thing I could imagine that would further improve the headphones would be an angled circular pad that's the same size as the stock. Having the drivers parallel to the ears is definitely a boon to sound.
Edited by Semont - 9/19/14 at 11:55pm
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