Dekoni Premium Earpads for Audio-Technica A/AD
Dekoni Premium Earpads for Audio-Technica A/AD
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Get a different finish on your Audio-Technica headphones with Dekoni’s highly regarded line of ear pads. They’re compatible with all A and AD series headphones, including the A700, AD700, A900, AD900, A1000, AD1000, A2000, AD2000, and W5000s, to name a few Read More
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DamienR
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Sep 3, 2018
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The elite Velour turned up, Tested on 1000x (well used!) & 2000x (brand new), ►1000x on the 2000x before pads.
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The Test: Installed 1 new earpad & left 1 old on, used foobar. (Far from Accurate testing due but a good guide for an idea) Result: sound is much the same as Stock pads for both. If anything the only noticeable thing might be the bass has a harder thud to it on the 1000x. Edit: Update, Yes more bass sound sometimes gets trapped inside compared to stock Padding: Its much better ears dont touch inside the cups anymore. Not so much of an issue for 500/700/900x but 1000x & 2000x it is even with new stock pads. (yes i've owned them all) Installation: It was easy, has the correct small to large ring on the back, its elastic feeling sliding them on much like the stock pads. Once on they are a bit loose but that has tighten up with wear. They also have the same overhang issue on the rear of the cup that the stock pads sometimes end up getting. Looks: They look very much like the stock pads which is good 10/10 to Dekoni for that. Does it help with clamp? A question I was asked, cant say never had an issue with them sliding down during wear, but they are Firm in place without any extra pressure or weight. Packaging: well packaged, Nice soild box with magnets to open it, Bit of writting saying if your not happy contact them & please enjoy which is a nice touch. Price: I Got through Massdrop, im happy with the purchase.
►Top: Chinese, Middle: Dekoni, Bottom: Stock well used 1000x pad. The Line of foam is what i used to puff up the 1000x pads so my ears didnt touch the inside of the earcups. People also use wire or tube. (No the Dekoni pads don't need it) The Filters are from the Chinese version. (No the Dekoni pads don't need it)
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►Left: Chinese, Middle: Dekoni, Right: Stock Note the small difference of the Stock pads how they kind of "Funnel inwards" the Dekoni are plush & don't
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How does it compare to Chinese E-bay Pads? The Chinese ones broke, there is no give in the fitting them on, one split along the crease due to how hard the backing material is. The earpad itself leaked sound to the point there wasnt much left. When you put them on the padding thins so your ears touch the earcups, included filters don't help. The material is softer is about the only thing it has going for it. The chinese pads are trash they don't compare!
►1000x with the Dekoni Elite Velour pads on & they will be staying on this headset!
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Sep 3, 2018
IllogicalOrder
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Aug 31, 2018
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So I have a pair of ath-w5000 that I adore. Only issue with them is that their stock earpads have odd fitting issues on the head; especially if when wearing glasses. When the stock pads were fresh, they were awkward and pinched your ears. Eventually they molded to your head and this happened less often, but it still happens randomly and it sucks. The obvious answer here was to pad swap. I ran the gamut in pursuit of making my w5000 as comfy as possible and retaining the stock sound. This journey has involved ZMF auteur perforated sheepskins, ZMF eikon suedes, ZMF eikon pleathers, ZMF universe sheepskins, ZMF pleather ovals, ZMF cowhide ovals, and Dekoni th900 sheepskins. Going off this list, it's easy to tell that none of these pads met my criteria. Each increased comfort, but none could retain the stock sound. The running trend was that each pad swap reduced the mid's quality to varying degrees and it took me awhile to attribute this change to pad thickness. Enter Dekoni and their A/AD line of pads. Theirs is the first quality pad I've seen that matches the dimension specs of AT's stock pads. This was a good and bad impression. It was good because the pad thickness was the same. It was bad because I was worried there would be no change going from stock to these Dekoni. Regardless, I bit the bullet and purchased the Dekoni A/AD sheepskin pads; because someone has to risk it for the biscuit. Below is a comparison of the two. Stock pads are on the left and the dekoni's are on right.
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On the outset, they looks similar but there are some differences to note. The stock pads have an additional concave shape to them and don't appear to be made of memory foam. Therefore the softness of the stock pads mostly comes from the leather they use, which I do believe is a higher quality material than what Dekoni uses. The comfort here is still finicky as all hell though. Dekoni's offering is more plush and thicker in the middle due to not having a concave shape. Additionally, I enjoy their mounting system better than the stock pads. It's vastly more flexible and more robust than the stock pads. Also, the pads use a memory foam that makes them not pinch my ears and makes them better in terms of comfort. But every pad I've used beat the stock pads in terms of comfort. What about sound? Does it match stock? To Dekoni's credit, they made a pad that is closest in all the pads swaps I've done to match stock. This is probably because their pads match the thickness; however the sound doesn't completely match. There is just a slight attenuation of intensity in the highs/upper mids that I note when comparing between these and stock. Unfortunately, that intensity found in stock is what I found to be absolutely magical in the w5000. This earns these Dekoni pads a 4/5 from me right now. This may change in the future if through continued use if I find the pads better fit my head and change the sound to better meet my criteria. EDIT 10/7/2018: After continued on-and-off use of these pads, I determined they were unfit for my w5000 as a true a replacement as they added too much warmth/mid bass to the sound. HOWEVER, after much experimentation with other headphones, I found that these pads had a tendency to bring up vocals. I decided to apply these pads to my he-560 as I found them too bright with recessed vocals in stock form and the swap fixed that right up. EDIT 11/16/2018: Amending my conclusions from 10/7 for the w5000. After continued exploration for pads for the w5000, I tried some cheap pleather denon ah-d2000 pads on them and found that they seemed to work. Messing with those for a bit I found that their plastic ring were their secret. Not really liking the pleather feel of the denon pads and wanting to see if the A/AD pads would benefit from a similar plastic ring, I ordered and tried using the dekoni attenuation ring. FIXED THE PROBLEM RIGHT UP by reducing the mid bass. Of course the attenuation ring isn't a perfect fit as it was designed for another headphone, but it fits well enough and I'm quite impressed with the result. Rating adjusted to 5/5 for the pads when a ring is involved.
Aug 31, 2018