For anyone that doesn't like the comfort (clamping force) or sound quality upon getting it, give it some time. The earpads get broken in and you will notice less suction effect. The headband will also clamp less over time. You can also stretch it out if needed. I remember it being very hard in the first few days. I reconfirmed it as I had gotten a replacement headband and after being very comfortable for a month, it went to brutal again. Time to break-in this headband. I have definitive proof side by side, so it's not a figment of imagination. As the clamp changes, the sound also changes a bit. A well broken-in LCD-2C is a pleasure.