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In Reply to: RE: Grado SR-80 Earpads posted by email@example.com on September 26, 2016 at 22:02:22
Earpad material can affect the tonal balance of headphones so you need to think before you change earpad style. Some headphone manufacturers offer a choice of earpads made from different materials for reasons related to comfort and customization of sound, but Grado always uses foam earpads.
Grado uses two basic types of foam earpads for their classic over-ear headphones - flat pads and two sizes of bowl pads. Grado has never used leather earpads because leather is not porous enough for design parameters.
Leather (or imitation leather) reflects too much sound back into the ear structure so it alters the intended tonal balance of Grado headphones. Those who have tried leather earpads on Grado headphones almost always report negative consequences.
Grado style foam earpads may not be as durable or as long lasting as some types but they are usually cheaper to replace than other types are. The cheapest replacement foam earpads are not the genuine Grado ones and can be found on ebay and Amazon. The flat "comfy" style pads in particular can be purchased very cheaply while the "bowl" style costs a bit more. Genuine Grado earpads will cost you much more than the ebay clones and must also be purchased directly from Grado or one of Grado's authorized dealers.
So stock up on cheap foam earpads and be happy. Storing your Grado headphones or replacement foam earpads in a sealed carrying case or plastic bag will make the foam last longer.
That was about the best answer I ever got using Audio Asylum. Thanks so much! I will look for the cheap ones. I still can't believe the rate of deterioration of Grados foam rubber...any way thanks again for giving me some direction....Mark Korda
(http://www.ebay.com/itm/182245684484#rwid) Hi guys, someone made the new Grado leatherette ear pads and the review is just what I wanted to hear, as well as the Grados. I had to order them after reading that. Thanks for any help and throw in my review after hearing them. They make the Grados more (high end) looking as the reviewer said....Mark Korda
... that have also garnered some very bad reviews.
But everyone hears things slightly differently. The way headphones fit on the ears and head can differ greatly from one person to another, and "fit" has a lot to do with the way a pair of headphones sound to us.
So, please post a review here and tell us about any changes in sound you hear once your new earpads have been installed. I look forward to reading your review.
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