Originally Posted by Venture Guy
Can you say what sonic differences you hear between stock, Boost and Ultra Suede?
Sorry Venture Guy. I'm new to the headphone game & not good at addressing the nuances of clarity and amplitude just what i like and don't like.
Here are some posts from Skylar Gray regarding the pads: post #2710 & #4788, from a few weeks ago:
@nmatheis did a great review which sums up the pads nicely I think. Check out his vid and post.
I hope more people will chime in with their experiences as these pads start to circulate. Here's my take:
I think of it like room treatment; after all, the spaces within the earpads are like mini rooms.
Take a look at the inner panel of the OG NightHawk pads (we call them "Classic" pads) versus the Boost pads. Otherwise, these pads are identical in construction.
We use an ultrasuede inner panel on the Classic pads (left) and a protein leather inner panel on the Boost pads (right). This would be akin to treating wall surfaces with more absorptive material or more reflective material, respectively.
Don't expect a wholesale change when comparing these pads; the liquidity is retained regardless of which set one uses.
I find that vocal prominence is enhanced with the Boost pads which have a tendency to provide a sense of treble clarity due to slight reflection of upper-mids instead of slight absorption. The Boost pads will not change the response below 1kHz; however, I find that, perceptually, because the upper-mid/treble becomes very slightly "boosted," the lower mid/mid bass region is now less prominent.
Engagement? That's entirely subjective, so I cannot answer that one definitively. Personally, I am liking the all-ultrasuede pads lately.
We decided to put these pad options out there and let the users decide. I think everyone will have their own preference. Very soon we will make these available through our website. We are testing the shop right now and making sure we can process orders. Once that is complete, I will post here.
With the stock pads I was NOT hearing distortion (clarity) just not hearing the detail or extension of the highs I was looking for. When more folks get the new pads, or folks with the NH Carbon or Night Owls chime in, I'm sure they will describe in more technical terms what they hear.
I just know what I like and, for me, it is the Boost and US pads on the original NH!
Edited by nwavesailor - 1/11/17 at 11:00am