The velours are a swing and a miss imo. I feel like the large soundstage that made this headphone so cool to listen to in the first place is gone. Now it feels like I don't have much reason to be wearing these headphones at all, also they are so thick it makes the light clamping force more tight on your head (They don't compress at all when you put them on, maybe they need to be worn in?). Mostly though, I just feel a lack of air, and I think just looking at the pads once they are attached shows my issue with these, the very edges of the cups around the driver are tucked away so any sound that reacts with that area of the cups will have to fight to get through to your ear beyond the large Dekoni Pads. I'll probably be returning these, Sibilance was mostly unchanged for me as well (At least with my tattered old pads the sibilance has an air and purpose). Piano sounds boomy, that was my main issue with the Sheepskin pads as well, it's not as bad as those, but still unacceptable considering it wasn't an issue before.