Im glad to know the pads are easy to swap, as this indicates clearly, that the designer is "thinking ahead", and trying to create a product that has every opportunity to please the buyer. "Bravo". I'll end up getting the pads, im sure, tho only because its a mod that i enjoy performing. I like to swap wires and pads. Easy, simple, and its a mod that does not cause a situation ...."once you do it, your headphones can never be "like new" again. happy listening, and yes, you should buy the V1s. They sound good. This is yet another headphone, because of the good reviews, and related to the price.......everyone who loves open headphones will buy. So, easy to resell, for years, im sure.