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I think that post makes valid points, but overall is a net positive.
As the engineer said, different measuring gear and even slight differences in how the headphones are seated on the measurement rig can affect the measured outcome. I even think it’s possible, especially if he works for a lab with expensive high end equipment, that his measurement may be more accurate than a small company that just does pads. However, he did say the treble was improved to be less peaky, which can be hard to correct without a very sophisticated EQ with more than a handful of EQ bands, so the HD 800 with fenestrated pads should be easier to EQ. Also, he found the comfort from the deeper cushioning to be an improvement. Lastly, he also said the sheepskin leather would be easier to clean, and last longer than the stock pads.
I think it’s entirely possible the engineer’s measurements are right, but still most of the pads’ goals were still met. There were multiple comments in this discussion thread about how the Hybrid pads actually DID improve the bass, so maybe that one with it’s fully sealed outside face is the one to go for if you want more bass. I have the Elite Velour pads, and mostly I chose it for the price and thicker padding, and I didn’t change my EQ after getting them.
No, it is definitely a net negative, to use your phrasing. He repeatedly states in his post and in the comments that he (1) does not recommend them and (2) would not buy them again. All this, of course, with the caveat that EQ could bridge the gap, which would make them worth it. When paying this much for headphones, I think using EQ is a given, but I know many who pay similar prices for HPs and do not use EQs, so please read the linked thread and do not rely on Evshrug's response. Personally, I'll still buy them since it's nothing EQ can't rectify.
Sorry to bother you by replying to such an old post but quick question re your Dekoni Velours and Sennheiser HD800.
Did you leave the Sennheiser stock HD800 dust covers in, and if so, did you cut out the Dekoni pads’ dust filters?
It’s OK to ask.
I didn’t bother cutting away the Dekoni filter since it was deep enough my ears don’t touch, but I still saved my Sennheiser dust filter and old pads in a box.
Thanks. I was wondering because I’ve seen more than a few posts claim it’s better to cut away the Dekoni and use the stock dust pads instead. Guess, I won’t unless I try for myself, lol