I have been using a pair of HD800S for a year and the ear pads are still in good shape despite often being worn for 8 hours a day. Significant step up from the Elears they replaced and the light weight is very much appreciated. In my system they are lacking a bit of low bass (could be my tube amp) so I use a Loki to boost 20 Hz a tad. I can live with the HD800S for a long time. I basically built my system around them. I am starting to miss speakers though so a good pair of powered near field monitors are on my want list for next year.