When I upgraded my Ether I was given the go ahead to keep my original pads. I surmised MrSpeakers don't recycle or resell them.
Is it the same with you? If I buy the V1 upgrade to V2, can I keep my original pads?
Yep, it already been replaced by the Edition 6. Which is $6000 RRP. I am starting to question if they've hired some crazy dude at HFM to set the prices for the upcoming headphones.
It is impossible to drive the HEK to their 'full potential' using a portable rig.
The closest that I've ever heard the HE1000 being driven to their full potential from a portable rig was through the Questyle QP1R, and even then it still wasn't that close to the best I've heard the headphone.
The same for me at the moment. Likely a great deal of it is the overall balance of the sound, but mostly my overall tastes have moved towards a slightly darker sound than before, even though I'd call the HEK fairly even-sounding. For acoustic music where that works best I just find the HEK V2 more enjoyable.