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Thoughts: Velour Pads on M50x's
I am pretty sure that it was my lack of intuition, but I cannot use the velour pads I bought from this drop.
The issue that I have with them is that all mids and bass tones are completely overrun by the treble. This is a very unusual change for me since I'm used to bass heavy sets that ruin treble. I believe this has something to do with the way the drivers in the M50x are designed, I noticed there are ports running around the face of the cup that are separate from the driver. To me it appears these are designed to port air/bass/lower tones using the seal that the PU leather once created. Overall the sound is just extremely treble heavy so much that I can barely make out snare drums with the velour pads on. Another thing I don't like about these pads are the size. The original pads from the M50x have a wider opening which really go around my ears, with these pads, they are slightly smaller to which then my ears are being treated more like on-ear headphones than over-ear.
Again I'd conclude this note by saying I did not put full research into purchasing this product and I merely wanted to try replacing the original PU leather pads with something breathable and comfortable. My original pads are fairly damaged, as the surface is peeling off quite substantially which is the reason I had purchased replacement padding.
If there is something that I am not aware of, not doing right with these pads, or they just weren't the right idea, I am open to discussion about that since I want to continue using these headphones without stuff peeling off the pads.
I dont know if you are still looking for some sort of solution but I didnt like my Velour pads until I stuffed a single-coil lengthed cut of cat-5 (ethernet) cable under the pads.. lifting them a bit from my ears reduced some of the sibilance that came about when I swapped initially.
That is quite an interesting approach to a headphone issue, though I can see how that works. Might be something to try out sometime.
My solution since then was that I went over to an online retailer for genuine replacement pads from Audio Technica. For $25, the experience is much closer to the original as 'expected' of paying more for the original brand.