One real upside to the stock pads on the 99 Noir-- as someone who wears glasses, I'm okay with the extra bass since the seal I'm getting while wearing glasses greatly reduces bass response. When I take my frames off, the bass can be pretty overwhelming. But I doubt I'll be listening to them with my glasses actually off very much at all. When I'm wearing my glasses, the bass response is within the range of tolerably massive. So, I think I've found my ideal portable over-ears. Woo!