Magickman, covering the bass port did wonders for the bass so far. Thanks so much for sharing! I tried removing the foam, which did improve the high clarity, but then the mids became so recessed in contrast that the tonal balance was way off IMO. So far, the best sound I've gotten is by covering the bass port with blutak right around 50% and leaving the pads in. At least this way the bass isn't drowning out the mids. Granted, I did all this today so my ears may need time to adjust to these things. Hope for a more neutral sound in these, but they seem more tuned towards pleasing and smiley curve usage so far. The stock bass is absurdly high with pleather pads!