So I am planning on getting my self a pair of Philips Fidelio X1's for use on my computer, however, I was wondering if I could get a few things cleared up beforehand. I have, briefly, heard them and loved the sound so I figured it's high time I got myself a pair but I have some minor concerns.
One is regarding the non replaceable ear pads. Are they completely irreplaceable? Had anyone found any basic work around for it, or Philips adopted a new design that I haven't heard of? My primary fear is that someone else will cause damage to the headphones while I'm not around.
Aside from that, I've read about the annoyances of the stock cables, but have never bought replacement cables before. Are there any that are recommended? I'd prefer to avoid anything unsightly as a pairing to the X1. I live in Canada so I don't know of any reputable retailers around here.
For my desktop I was thinking of getting an amp and a dac, and I was looking at the Schiit Magni and Modi stack. Relatively inexpensive, doesn't take a lot of space to have on top of the desk, and there have been a lot of good things said about it. Is this going to pair well with the X1 or should I look at another brand or company product?
This isn't as much of a concern as it is just me wondering, but is the sound leakage bad? I've read mixed things, some say it is and others the opposite, so I don't really know what to make of it.
Another point of interest for me, is what is your take on these cans? Likes, dislikes? Amp pairings? Let me know what you think, if be interested in hearing it.