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Anyone get any kind of replacement pads for these headphones yet? From Amazon or elsewhere? Dont get me wrong, they are comfortable but I always disliked any ear-pad that didn't go completely around my ears. Would love to hear what pads have worked as replacements from anyone....
@TechCity I haven't heard any replacements as the stock pads don't bother me, but I do know that the design / shape of the stock pads is actually part of the sound signature, so in theory, changing them would make the TH-X00 sound different. The change could be better or worse depending on your own ears, but it's something to keep in mind.
I'd be curious to hear whether anybody has tried alternative pads that they think improved the sound signature, though. I'm pretty darn happy with mine, but tinkering is inevitable in this hobby...
Thanks for the reply @rsnblmn. I realize about the sound signature - still willing to give another set of pads a shot to see how it works out. Hopefully someone has tried another set of pads that work and will reply in here to let us know.
i have several pads with these cans and can offer a little insight. i have some alpha pads from mr. speakers ($59) and they are beautifully made from lambskin. they are really thick, angled, and move your ears away from the drivers a bit (but give them a more balanced and 'un-colored' sound), so the treble is tamed a little and the the bass is tightened up and solid, but you lose a little thump. crazy comfortable though. also have the HM5 hybrid pads ($26) and they are pleather sides with velour face. still spending time with these (only a few days now) but they are roomy and are comfortable. comfort benefits of velour with sound benefits of pleather. the 'boom' comes back with these. both these pads can be purchase straight from the manufacturer. also have a pair of replacement pads for the denon d2000/d5000 (which are nearly identical cans) i bought on ebay (~$15) that i will try next. i have a pair of d2000's and the pads are very comfy and part of the reason they are such a 'fun' sounding can. when i get some more headphone cash i am going to buy the Lawton lambskin pads which are made just for these, but they are pricey at $105 (i know, right??). might be the best option, but after these cans and the grace m9xx, i am broke for a while. thanks massdrop...
Great feedback, thanks for posting! And yes, you are not kidding about this wallet-draining hobby...
Thank You SO MUCH @treyking for the information. Im going to give the HM5 Hybrid pads a try. Please do keep us posted as you experiment with more pad's - would love to hear your thoughts. The Lawton Lambskin pads sound intriguing! And agreed with @rsnblmn about this being a wallet draining hobby! 0_o
Lawton audio has some insanely pricy ones, hm5 brainwavs pads can be put on these, and I don't really know any other pads mate :)
The lawtonpads are too hard and I did not find them as comfortable as Brainwavz angled pads.
@treyking so i bought the HM5 hybrid pads after your suggestion and for the life of me I cannot get them onto the plastic plate from the headphones in order to actually put these pads on the headphones. What am I missing here? Are there different sizes in the HM5 hybrid pads that I missed or.... Please let me know how you got the HM5 hybrid pads onto the Fostex TH-X00's. Thanks!
@treyking ... I spoke too soon! I just being a wuss about stretching the pads! It took a little pressure and they slid onto the plastic plate. The new pads are on :) Initial 5 minutes with them, they are so much more comfortable! I will see how the sound signature is after some listening. Thanks again for your post and suggestion.
yeah, you gotta roll "back" the outer edge of the pad, line it up with the plastic plate, the unroll it back over the plate. add a little "crow bar" action of necessary... they just released lambskin versions of these pads which i have already ordered ($39! yes please!), so i will see how they change things sounds wise. i have been "pad rolling" all of my headphones for years and can tell you that the change each different makes is surprising. material on the sides of the pads, distance form the ears, etc... head-fi.com is an amazing forum, spend a little time there and you will come away with a wealth of knowledge!
It took me a bit to figure it out but I got the pads on similar to how your describing. After some initial listening with the HM5 hybrid pads the sound is pretty close to the original pads. Only thing I could note is a slight loss in "boom" of the bass but you gain a some sound-stage and detail. The difference is appreciable enough to hear. At-least thats what my ears are hearing, then again I have only been listening to hifi setup's for a few years so my ears quite as trained as people with more years of hifi listening. That being said your absolutely right @treyking, you would not think pads can make such a difference but they really can! Its actually kind of fun, just swap out pads for different sound signatures :) Like physical EQ'ing :P
Let me know your thoughts on the lambskin versions of the HM5 pads, would be interested to hear how they feel and change the sound signature of these HP's.