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Best fabric for headphone pads?

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The fabric on my current headphones have started to tear and come off. What material provides the best seal while still maintaining long term comfort? The ones I have came with velour which has made them extremely comfortable for long periods of time. I know pleather gets mentioned a lot but I want a good balance. Any suggestions?

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The new up and coming material seems to be alcantara, it is a synthetic suede that offers comfort similar to velour but a better seal much like pleather. Alcantara is a good middle of the road material allowing comfort, breath-ability and a good seal for better bass response . Off the top of my head the two headphones that come to mind that use alcantara are the sennheiser momentum on ear and the shure SRH1540. Alcantara is most commonly found in the automotive industry for seats and steering wheels.

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The new up and coming material seems to be alcantara, it is a synthetic suede that offers comfort similar to velour but a better seal much like pleather. Alcantara is a good middle of the road material allowing comfort, breath-ability and a good seal for better bass response . Off the top of my head the two headphones that come to mind that use alcantara are the sennheiser momentum on ear and the shure SRH1540. Alcantara is most commonly found in the automotive industry for seats and steering wheels.

Alcantra is probably the best.

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The new up and coming material seems to be alcantara, it is a synthetic suede that offers comfort similar to velour but a better seal much like pleather. Alcantara is a good middle of the road material allowing comfort, breath-ability and a good seal for better bass response . Off the top of my head the two headphones that come to mind that use alcantara are the sennheiser momentum on ear and the shure SRH1540. Alcantara is most commonly found in the automotive industry for seats and steering wheels.

Awesome. I have heard of Alcantara but didn't think about using it until you mentioned it. Microfibers seem to have the best "hugging" and comfort qualities today from what I'm hearing. Now I just gotta find the least expensive place to buy it since most places sell fabric by the meter. Any ideas?

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The new up and coming material seems to be alcantara, it is a synthetic suede that offers comfort similar to velour but a better seal much like pleather. Alcantara is a good middle of the road material allowing comfort, breath-ability and a good seal for better bass response . Off the top of my head the two headphones that come to mind that use alcantara are the sennheiser momentum on ear and the shure SRH1540. Alcantara is most commonly found in the automotive industry for seats and steering wheels.

Sorry to disturb a really old thread, but I'm in a need of quick answers.

Velour seems to be the most comfortable, and also the most maintainable material. Since it's mostly made of loose fibers, dipping it in soapy water is enough to clean it after a few years.

Leather... You need to replace it, of course.

But how about Alcantara? Is there a way to clean it in order to clean it over a course of a few years?

 

They are rather expensive compared to velour, and I don't want to replace them often. 50 dollars for something that is disposable every several months is quite expensive.

Thanks!

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