HI - I got feedback from the European Marketing guys of Final Audio re a possible replacement of the earpads.
Apart from the information that "only very few users wrote in the forum that the earpads might feel a little tight" (my translation) they say that the HP has been praised for its comfort by many. (bla bla)
"In order to provide the best comfort for all users" Final Audio will offer an alternate SOFTER earpad for Pandora Hope IV and VI.
And: "The existing product will not be changed as it meets the highest requirements of Final Audio Design."
To me this means that they didn't understand the real issue with the earpads and that they do not seem to be willing to listen to their customers' wishes or needs.
BTW - the alternative, softer earpads will be offered for 54,90 € in Europe and should be available by Mid April.
So for me back to zero - I am looking for earpads that are less soft and provide a larger distance between the ear and the driver grill. I do like the sound signature but my ear starts hurting after some 30 minutes of listening. This is annoying!
Anybody got any ideas (apart from selling the HP) ?