- Dec 8, 2013
I agree completely that pleather pads are terrible for these headphones. I tried the pleather angled HM5s and they were really bad. Velour is definitely better. I think I prefer flat over angled as the angled ones sound... odd, not bad just strange, but both are a vast improvement over any kind of tall pleather pad. You would probably have to do significant modding to reduce bass in order to make pleather pads work.
Looking at the velour shure pads they look very similar in terms of size/depth to the stock pads. The reason I went with the hm5 pads on my mk2's was that they introduced bass but the best thing about them was the increased soundstage which turned them into truly great cans. I guess what I'm saying is I'm ideally looking for deeper pads that will absorb a bit of the bass. Does anyone have experience of the hm5 velours on the mk3's or could suggest a mod that might tame the bass somewhat? I'm thinking of opening them up at the weekend and might try some of the mk2 mods (mass loading the drivers and lining the cups with acoustic foam to see if that helps)
After my experience with the angled velour HM5s (which I still have... returning shipping costs are kinda high), on a whim I decided to try the Shure 940s instead of the HM5 flats. I probably should have gone with the flat HM5s, but after significant chopping with a razor blade, they do sound pretty good. (Probably too much to be worth the trouble.)