Found this review. It seems to back up a lot of the favourable comments in this thread re: the xl pads.....
Resurrecting this thread just to add my own $.02. I just received the XL Pads in the mail.
Wow! The comfort and sound quality difference! The increased sound stage is really noticeable. I might be imagining things, also... but treble and mids are definitely more pronounced now.
A bonus: I originally purchased the V-Modas with $40-50 off because of my student discount at the Microsoft store. Purchasing the XL Pads were a no-brainer after the reviews, and my desire to feel no more pain from my beloved headphones. Worth it!
loving the XL pads with my m-100!
i love m-100 for the soundstage and bass. initially i kinda feel that the bass is a bit overpowering (almost like bleeding a little to the mids). with the stock pads the drivers presses my ear lobes, so after an hour or so my ear lobes hurts.
then i ordered the xl pads, and boy my m-100 feels like a new headphone! the soundstage is almost like getting bigger, but to be more accurate it's becomes more natural. on tracks with dense instrument/arrangement i feel that it has better separation than with stock pads. less harsh high frequencies. maybe because with xl pads there's some range between the drivers and my ears? so it feels less 'loud' (not in terms of amplitude)?
i do feel it adds a little bit of low freq, but i'm not complaining because now i can hear the textures of the different instruments in the low frequency. also, maybe because with xl pads there's some range between the drivers and my ears? so it moves some air as the bass pumps? thus adding more clarity and authority to the low freq? or maybe i'm delusional as this logic is scientifically inaccurate? hahaha anyways i'm loving it and accepting the added low frequency as an advantage.
and the comfort! whoa, it almost feels like i don't have a headphone on my head. i was skeptical of how it will differ form the stock pads, as in your hands it doesn't feel much. from the photos on the web i thought it would be thicker/firm. but as soon as it's on my head, i don't want to take it off. it's supple, soft, better seal, better accommodate my ear lobes. my m-100 has been sitting for a while after i got new IEMs, but now it feels like a brand new headphone and i'm loving it!
on another note, it's kinda weird that most v-moda distributors in asia don't carry v-moda accessories. reaally hard to find these xl pads. can't find it in indonesian local resellers, even in singapore and malaysia v-moda distributors. finally i can find it directly from indonesian main distributor, but weirdly it's on a steep price. almost $35. and without box. it comes in a plastic bag with nothing else but the invoice.
LOL, at least you dont have to pay $15 to Australia.
They're $87 ! Not including postage on Amazon. V-Moda = V-Rip-off
Ye, it's not really the money, but I'm not gonna buy something and then pay the same in postage on principle.
They're $50 on Addicted to Audio (an Australian site). It just backs up my opinion that VModa products are generally over-priced. This is gotta be true because you get their $300 flagship product being reviewed as on-par with a hp I just bought for $79 AUD (UE 6000). And the reviews are pretty much spot on.
I had a similar belief a few months ago, especially when I was low on cash. My issue was this: I sell stuff on eBay all the time, and I ship stuff all the time. For small items, especially small and light items (read: XL pads), you can ship very inexpensively. USPS First Class Shipping is always under $2, and that's for me, so if you're a big company with a contract, you could probably get that even cheaper (or that's just how it worked out in my head, that's really all speculation). So, paying $5 seemed ridiculous to me. But I got a job, and I started using my headphones more, so I coughed the money up. I don't regret it, although I do think that shipping is still overpriced.
As for the price of the headphones, I do not think they're overpriced at all. You have to take in so many factors when figuring out a price, part of which includes the price of your competition. For all you get on your M100s for that $300 price tag, I think it's plenty worth it, especially when the all plastic competition is selling for the same price.