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Has anyone tried the ZMF lambskin perforated pads or the Dekoni pads on the HE4XX?If so,how does it sound?
I have the zmf ori suede pads, they do alter the sound. The ori pads are thicker and so hold the driver slightly further from your ears. There is also more material for sound to pass through, and the opening is oval instead of round which reduces the area in which sound can reach your ears unobstructed. This takes the edge off the highs and the result is a slightly darker more closed sound. The grill mod added some soundstage, but the ori pads reversed that and then some. They still sound really excellent, probably less fatiguing with reduced highs, just a little tamed which I'm not sure I'm ok with. I'm going to give them some more time but I feel like I might go back to the stock pads. The ori pads are certainly much more comfy though; less sweaty and more even pressure, so I might save them for long gaming sessions.
Thank you for your reply. I really enjoy the sound of the 4XX with the original focal pad A's but I am concerned about their longevity. Build quality is suspect. Glue holding pads to ring is already starting to fail! I might try the zmf universal perforated lambskin.