Funny thing: I thought all the time the balanced pads were on. After, I discovered that all my listening impressions were with the analytical pads (what the previous owner was using prior to ship the headphone) So, I tried the balanced pads. In all honesty I did not like the sound. Mids were pushed back, bass was too strong. Funny thing the analytical pads sounda more balaced than balanced pads lol I'll keep the analytical pads on, no doubt!