I just picked up a K271s from amazon.
Now, they need to go back anyway since one of the pads has a tear on it (bad sewing), but this gives me the chance to change my mind and just return instead of exchange them.
I really like the sound of them, but even the velour pads are a bit shallow and leave my ears hurting after a while from brushing up against the driver guard.
Are there alternative pads, or modifications I can make to the existing ones, which might improve the comfort here? I find this a fairly common problem with headphones in general for me; the only pair I can wear comfortably for extended use are an old pair of Bose around ear headphones I got free in a lot with some other equipment.
If there's no solution, I'm thinking of grabbing the Brainwavz HM5 as they appear to be very deep, though I don't know anyone who owns a pair to compare with. Other suggestions would be welcome, budget is sub 200 or so. I don't really like the design of the HM5 (or, rather, I much prefer the AKG design which it's better headband and single cable entry), but comfort is really important so it's a sacrifice I'm willing to make.
I'm migrating from a pair of MDR-V6s which also drive me nuts after a while, if that's any help. The k271s with velour are more comfortable than the v6s, but not by much. It's mostly just the improved clamping force and thicker driver guard padding that's edging the v6s out.