They don't narrow the sound stage at all. I'm confused as to how you think they did that ? Seriously, don't be put off because of a sole amazon review. In my opinion the misodiko pads don't narrow or reduce the huge soundstage at all. We paid alot of money for our headphones, and these are the best pads for the 800's that I've personally tried. All the misodiko's do is make your headphones very comfortable to wear and easily cleaned, and the huge soundstage is still there and untouched. There is 3 of us who have purchased the misodiko lambskin pads here, and each of us are saying they are great and that they don't mess with the huge sound stage that the HD800 range have. Live dangerously and buy a set, if you're in the UK you have 14 days to decide if you like them, if not you are entitled to a full refund yay! Infact, I think that they are so good, I would advise every HD800/S/820 owner to go out and buy a pair, as for $€£35, they are an absolute steal and the build quality is very good. These are so good that I will never go back to using the stock pads again. Anyway, whatever you decide, I hope you enjoy your new pads whatever they may be. I'm not affiliated with misodiko or any other company/person that sells their products.