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I have a pair of dt990 pros. Will the memory foam pads negatively impact sound quality at all? I know the stock velour pads are good for letting the sound breathe a bit, so I'm a bit worried about using pads that will isolate sound more.
a good rule of thumb to use if you want to preserve sound quality is, if the headphone came with leather only use leather and If it came with velour only velour. it will change the sound more on closed cans going from leather to velour, and for open cans the change in types isn't as substantial. Usually if you are using the same type of material it won't change sound much
I would guess that there is a huge difference in sound between stock 990 pads and the memory foam.
I'd be interested in any comments about differences in sound and comfort of the velour pads when compared to the stock 990 pads.
Velour pads breathe better than leather.
Just got the Dekoni "memory foam" pads for my DT770, I don't really hear a sound difference. As far as I can tell they aren't really "memory" foam. They are very light, feel very squishy but will spring back into form almost instantly. I believe they are just normal foam =/. Obviously also not real leather but a very thin rubber texture on cloth which smells quite awful and plastiky. Obviously for $29.99 I didn't know what to expect, they did come in a VERY nice cardstock box with a magnetic snap lid. I will compare them to my stock velour ones and come back with which are more comfortable and sound better.
EDIT: Ok I feel like I'm going crazy but I feel like the "leather" pads bring out the highs and mids and the overall cans sound more balanced. For reference I listened to Symphony No. 3 in A minor - Felix Mendelssohn and Tom Ford - Jay Z and both sounds sounded very good. I could even hear people turn pages when listening to Symphony No. 3 in A minor. Happy with my purchase.