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I bought the Sheepskin ones on Amazon for $40 for my MDR-V6. These are amazingly comfortable for people who wear glasses. No more sore ears. Easy to clean, and the sheepskin feels like it will last a long, long time.
Keep in mind, however, that it will change the frequency response of your headphones, so you may want to look into individual calibration e.g. Sonarworks.
Good to know. I recently started wearing glasses and the stock MDR-V6 pads get uncomfortable after an hour of wearing. It's good to know that these will make long listening sessions more enjoyable again.
I've read the same. In your experience how much does sheepskin typically change the sound? Is it true that it tends to be more neutral than protein leather (with protein leather pushing up bass, but lowering treble usually)?
I am not sure how sheepskin compares to protein leather. I think that the pad material is not the only part of the earpad changing the sound; the thin cover on the back of the earpads are equally important, because all sound has to go through that cover before it reaches your ears.
The MDR-V6 OEM earpads came with a synthetic, wrinkled pad material and a cover thick enough that I couldn't see the driver. It had the most bass and least treble of the bunch.
I bought Greekia protein leather earpads a while back, with a cover thin enough for me to see the driver. They had significantly more treble than the OEM earpads.
Then I bought the sheepskin Brainwavz earpads, with a cover of comparable thinness to the Greekia pads, perhaps a bit thinner. The main difference here is that the Brainwavz earpads are deeper, so the drivers lie farther from the ears; this makes the Brainwavz pads have even more treble than the Greekia earpads. At this point I was dissatisfied enough with the sound that I sent them in for Sonarworks individual calibration. The FR curve Sonarworks sent back indicated a maximum difference of 30dB between the treble and bass!
So if you have a MDR-V6 or MDR-7506, I don't recommend these pads unless you're also willing to shell out on individual calibration, or if you want to experiment yourself with EQing out some of the Harman target response curve. However, many other manufacturers already use thin earpad covers, which means the Brainwavz earpads won't make much of a difference in the sound.