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Just got these today for my K7XXs. It's taking me a little while to get used to the new sound signature, but I do quite like it.
I specifically got the Elite Hybrids, and I must say right off the bat, the comfort level is amazing. The foam is a bit softer than the stock foam, so even though both pads have velour touching your ears, there's overall less pressure and trapped heat from the Dekonis pads.
As for the sound signature change, you do lose a little bit of the bass that the stock earpads helped provide, but I always felt that there was a certain muddiness caused by that bass bump. Now that muddiness is gone. I dare say that the headphone almost sounds like a Beyerdynamic now, with a bit more emphasis on the treble, but not as sharp as some of the Beyers I've heard.
One other thing to note is that the mesh covering the driver is less dense on the Dekonis, so more sound is being let through. In totality, it feels like you hear the driver for what it is, as opposed to an artificially inflated bass level.
I'd say if you want to keep the bass bump, stick with the stock pads, but if you want more comfort and clarity, get these Dekonis.
I agree with what you said here. I also got the Elite pads and LOVE them. The added comfort from the softer foam and my ears not touching the driver are worth every penny. As for the sound signature, it's like I got new headphones! I'm using them with Grace m9xx through DarkVoice and they sound VERY good. I'm keeping the stock velour pads and will exchange pads every now and then depending on the genre I'm listening to. I had been thinking about selling my K7xx because it was a weak link in my collection (Focal Elear, MrSpeakers AEON, HD6xx, M1060, PM-3, E-Mu Teak, Audeze Sine, 400i, etc.)... but now I'll be keeping them for sure.
Good thing you decided to keep them!
What genres do you use the original for?
The original pads are better for a bit extra bass, so when I'm using a solid-state amp I tend to listen to Post-Punk/Rock, Electronic Pop, Pop, or any other genre that does not include much distortion. When using a tube amp I tend to listen to Rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Shoegaze and others that include distortion or "fuzz." These are not my go-to headphones, but they haven proven to be versatile!
Out of your can collection, what's your favorite? What do you see yourself reaching for most often?
The Focal Elear is my favorite pair for sure. Most of my time is spent between the Elear and the E-Mu Teak, depending on what I'm listening to. I just got the AEON Flow Open and they sound very good as well... much more laid back and ideal for a relaxing listening session.
Ah interesting! How would you say the 7XXs compare to your favorites? Thanks!
I think they're still a weak link... I use them mostly with my iPhone and the dBMagix AC3 amp/dac... they sound good for heavy metal and hard rock that way. Don't get me wrong... I think they are good, but between them and the HD 6XX (same price), I think the HD 6XX are leaps and bounds ahead of them. But that's just my opinion.
Thank you for your responses!