Confusingly terrible pad experience
I love my Elex headphones, I use them all day every day. If I had realized that the pads deteriorate at the speed they do, it would have been a knock against them, but would likely have still bought them. These headphones are worth an ongoing cost of a new set of pads every 1-1.5 years.
But it turns out these pads are rarely in stock. When they are, you get shipped partial orders, and the pads you receive are CLEARLY not the same. They are noticeably less comfortable, and significantly impact the soundstage. The elex with these pads is not the same thing as the elex with the originals.
With a combination of all these things, I would would not recommend the Elex, which is a damn shame because this is the dumbest reason I have ever had for not recommending headphones.
Would not recommend to a friend.