So this is my second thread on here. The first one was me asking if there are any similarly priced, similarly featured headphones to the AKG k551 (k550) because mine were uncomfortable even after short periods of time. I got a few responses, one of which suggested I get a replacement set of earpads, specifically velour. After looking for such a thing and not finding any made specifically for the AKG k551/550, I also posted in the AKG k550 Appreciation thread. Someone there said that the Alpha Pads (https://mrspeakers.com/product/alpha-pads-genuine-lamb-leather/) fit well and do improve comfort significantly. I'm quite willing to do that, because otherwise the headphones fit my needs quite well, but the $60 price tag is a bit daunting.
So now I am just wondering if it would be a better idea to simply return these (for $200) and then spend a bit more on a higher quality pair? If there is one that is similar to the k551; closed back, specifically. Although I suppose that if it really comes down to a massive increase in quality, I'm okay with getting open back. I just don't want the sound leak to be too bad; I have a roommate and I'd like to be able to take these cans places without disturbing too many people. Also I suppose that I'd prefer surrounding environmental noise to be too intrusive, as well.
My initial thought was to post this in the AKG k550 Appreciation Thread but then I realized that was quite against the point of the thread. Thanks for the help.