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Do yourself a favor and get focus pads! They cost quite a bit relative to the price of the headphones themselves, but if the "clamp" is bothering you, then is is definitely a solution to consider.
The Focus pads will change the sound signature, so to get something that's a little more faithful to the original sound sig, I'd suggest Focus Pads A (two different models).
As for me, the change to the sound sig provided by the pads (in addition to the light hardware mod I performed) is very welcome.
I beg to differ. They are much more comfortable and add some more bass, but the highs become a bit more piercing, because driver is closer to your ears. Sound gets a bit warmer, but less dynamic. I do not regret buying them, though, just to have two comfort and sound choices.
beg to differ with what? that the focus pads fix the clamp issue? That they change the sound signature? That the pads + hardware mod are a welcome sound sig change to my ears?
two opinions and one arguably subjective observation... I'm guessing you're going to beg to differ with the subjective observation, but you describe how the sound sig is changed by the Focus Pads, just like i said... So... What..?
Focus pads = solution to strong clamp.
pads + hardware mod = the welcome sound sig change.
you like the change of the sound with Focus pads, I don´t. Simple as that :)
didn't say that. I said that i like the sound sig change with the pads and the hardware mod.
i have no idea what these sound like with just the pads changed.
and what is the light hardware mod? If you mean additional filter (toilet paper or something) between earcup and driver, I (maybe incorrectly) assume nobody would listen to HE350 without that. Mine are simply unlistenable without adding filter. Headache in minutes.
The focus pads are quite dear. I dunno... $40 pads on a $100 headphones. Im still hunting for a cheap pad replacement. The HE 350 are literally like tying bricks to my ears!
a passive filter consisting of a capacitor, inductor, and resistor (of specific capacitance, inductance, and resistance, respectively) in parallel to each other that is in series with the headphone cable within the cup, ie one each side. http://imgur.com/a/JrtF3 That's my crappy work. Kinda want to put this filter in an extension cable for modularity.
i don't do the tissue paper thing (although i'm not saying it doesn't work).
i was hunting for less expensive pads as well, and i gave up. i "settled" for the $40 option. I will be honest, I forget that they cost so much relative to the headphone. Haha.
We're talking headache from clamp to comfort rivaling the K7XX, and those are SO comfy. We're talking comfort that possibly rivals the Lawton Audio sheepskin angled pads... and those... THOSE are expensive (i mean COMFY.... lol)
The 350 with the pads are more comfortable than the k7xx?
It's arguable in either way, but they get THAT comfy for me with the focus pads.
Could you detail more about the materials you used? I.E. parts acquirement.