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I have the 80 ohm TR-70 (bought from Amazon.) I payed $99, and I feel like that was a good price for the quality of the headphone. The small pads are a no-go, as my ears touch the driver. The bigger pads are quite comfortable for me. The cable is okay, but not as nice as the one on the T-60rp. The 80 ohm versions are very easy to drive, have a lot of bass extension, a bit of a warm swell to the whole bass region, and good air on the highs. I don't find them to be overly fatiguing, but they do have more sizzle than all my cans, save for the Sennheiser HD700s. I find that I listen to the TR-70s quite a lot, picking them over the T-60rps and the Neumann NDH-20s frequently enough to surprise myself. I think that the TR series didn't get traction initially, and was unfairly maligned in some reviews. Too bad. I think they're good 'phones. The Drop price is a steal.
I haven't tried new pads on mine yet. I look at them, for the price, as "a flavor" I can sample. I find them fun, especially on music with a lot of low bass content. Are they neutral? Nope. But sometimes, neutral is boring. The subjective nature of both sound and comfort can introduce a lot of confounding variables into the game. But the cool thing is, so much tuning can be done with the pads and other small tweaks. Also, I feel like I must listen to music on headphones at a lower volume than many people do, and lower listening volume can make that V curve less invasive, and sometimes even useful, as it adds dynamics at those lower volumes.
Excellent points. I also own various (relatively) low-cost headphones and various pads... for a number of possible "flavors". I've quite enjoyed finding the best pairings. (Then add in various DAC/amps... so many combos!)
I found that the micro suede pads mainly act as a 'deadening' material, especially for the treble. Compared to the 'pleather' pads, sub-bass is just a strong... but with less mid-bass. The overall result is more-present mids. And these headphones need it.
Elevated treble isn't needed for lower volume listening - just bass and mids. (Same goes for high-volume listening.)
For $17, these pads are really a no-brainer. I'm curious to hear what you think of them on your TR-70. As a low-volume listener, I truly think you will be pleased.
After considering your points, I decided to take advantage of the Dekoni drop that's up right now. I have the three versions that are fit for T-50s coming, one of which is velour. Since I have a few Foxtex cans, I'll be able to see if some hot rodding will improve my enjoyment.
I own a pair of Dekoni Elite Velour pads... don't recommend them, as they haze the sound. Dekoni even 'liked' one of my posts in which I noted this fact. Trust me, the micro suede pads are the best choice for V-shaped (Fostex) headphones, as no other pad material can flatten bass and reduce treble.
I just installed the Brainwaves pads you mentioned. They do settle the headphone down significantly. They still have plenty of bass punch and present treble, but they've been taught some manners. Also, the pads are very comfy. Only downside is that they seem to clamp a bit less and the lack of padding on the top strap is a bit more obvious. Thanks for the advice!
we recommend the sheepskin for this or using the x00 hybrid pad on it. better response from that. The ELVL not a great match for this headphone.