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If not mistaken, stock Fostex / EMU Teak pads have the white ring that attaches to the cup to hold the pad on, and on the back of the pad itself another kind of pastic ring that enhances the bass. I heard from ZMF that you can use the ring, but I'd like to clarify which of the two rings it works with or both. I thought I heard the ring on the back of the pad (meaning, not the white one attached to the cup) is sewn into the pad. Does that have to be physically cut out to use with the new pads? Or does that slip out? Anyone? Thanks.
The ring on the back of the pad is a traditional flexible leatherette/spandex ring for traditional attachment to most cups. To use a plastic ring - just insert the plastic ring into the spandex/leatherette ring and then attach to the headphone as typical. The only pads I know of that have the actual plastic ring attached to the earpad are the Hifiman focus pads. You can get the Hifiman rings from Amazon for about ten bucks by buying their velour pads though.
You answered the wrong question (which he did emphasized...). He meant the one ring/plate that is now commonly called the attenuation ring which is sewn in the back of stock pads. If you really have not realized what that ring many have been raving about is by now, head to the drop page of Dekoni X00 pads for a reference. (because I remember this is not the first time you misanswered this kind of question... Excuse me if memory serves me wrong)
And to @MarkUp 's question, yes the back "plate"/attenuation ring is sewn and cannot taken out without destroy the stock pads.
However ZMF pads are ones of the few pads that don't necessary need the plate for good sound, your mileage may vary though. (They won't sound the same to the stock signature without the plate of course, but they still won't WITH the plate anyway, since various aspects of ZMF pads are all different from stock pads. Only Dekoni pads with the plate are a best-effort mimic of stock signature)
Thanks for the response, I think that the plate is what's making that the Connie sound better. Better as in more like the original. I can't help but think CMF could create a ring like that for these pads even sell it separately to make some extra money, to get it really close to the original sound but with a much better fit.