The HD414 pads are much more comfortable and they also increase bass response and mid-range liquidity. I used to have them on my HF-1s and they sounded great. They were also more comfortable then with Headphile C-Pads. The one thing they did to piss me off though was leave yellow dust on the headphones.For that matter, what's the deal with the yellow pads? Recable & Canare F-12 I know, but doing something about the crappy stock pads would be hot.
I'm assuming they sound amazing?
Stax are godsend if they're paired with the right amp! I almost picked up a pair of Lambda Pros way back before the market craze spiked the prices up but amp availability/price at the time drew me away.Those headphones are by far the ugliest things I've ever seen. I wonder how they make up in the sound department, I'm assuming they sound amazing?
As far as I know, the only hybrid is the AKG 340.Yup, the Stax are electrostats. I believe they made a few entry level hybrids way, way back in the day, but the majority of their cans are 'stats.
Orthos are a poor mans electrostats, but really need to be modded to really start getting close to the stat sound. The most thought after Ortho seems to be the Yamaha 1000. Infact, I read a post, where this guy let his friend hear his Y1000, and was so impressed with it's smoothness he wanted to trade his 02 for it.Yup. It's kind of hard to describe the experience without resorting to a vulgar and sacrilegious metaphor. They take good music and bring out the kind of emotional impact that you would normally only find in a live performance, and that if you're lucky. The fine detail and lower bass frequencies that you lose with dynamic phones do quite a lot once you bring them back. Vinyl on these is just lol. If anything, I wouldn't mind if the bass had more impact, but that's open phones for you. And yeah, they're a little ugly, but the looks grow on you after you experience what they do to your ears.
Buying used and tracking down an SRD "adapter" brings the mess down to $400-600 assuming you've already got a speaker amp to run the adapter off of. Or, track down some orthos...$100ish and supposedly gets close to the sound electrodynamics can achieve.
As far as I know, the only hybrid is the AKG 340.