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I've bought a Sound Blaster Z sound card a few months ago after 5+ years with my X-Fi Titanium PCI-E card and found no difference at all when using my 14 years old Creative DTT3500 Digital 5.1 speakers. It was actually a downgrade feature wise.

One thing that made me not selling the SBZ was how awesome the SBX Pro virtual surround sound is. Music, movies and games were amazing in virtual 5.1 surround using a cheap KOSS KTXPRO1 headphones and the way I can tell the difference between front and rear channels was really great.
Before that, I've only used ROCCAT Kave True 5.1 gaming headphones and I could NEVER know front channels from rear channels.

I thought that if I am gonna watch movies or play games after midnight, I should not use my speakers and settle for headphones with good virtual surround but since KOSS headphones are cheap (although they are still pretty amazing for the price) I wanted to get something better without paying $200+

So after months of reading I decided to get the Samson SR850 and because we didn't have them here in Egypt, I got them from ebay for $40 (from 2 box set and they were just shrink wrapped) shipped from a Chinese seller. The international free shipping was so slow that when 30 days passed without getting them, I thought they were lost and ordered another ones from a UK seller for $43 + $21 shipping but this time I contacted the seller to make sure they are the new version with velour pads as the ones from the Chinese seller had pleather pads and indeed the UK seller confirmed they had velor pads and come in original box.

To keep the story short, both headphones arrived today biggrin.gif

I tried the ones with pleather earpads first and they were very light and comfortable while sound quality was just amazing!
After about 30 minutes, my ears started to get hot and sweaty so I tried the ones with velour pads.

They were much more better in comfort and I used them for hours without an issue.

The real problem is, the ones with pleather earpads sounded better to me!... They have better bass and not so bright highs compared to velour-pads ones.

I am not even and audiophile but can still hear the difference clearly.

I was about to exchange the earpads just to get best of both worlds then it occured to me to sign in here and ask: Do velour pads give toobrighter highs and lower bass compared to pleather ones or Samson just made the newer version worse ?

I would appreciate any help from you guys.

Thanks.
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Generally velour pads do drop bass amount and/or quality, mainly because the seal around your ears weakens. There are few exceptions though.
Edited by Tiihokatti - 5/16/14 at 6:57am
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Generally velour pads do drop bass amount and/or quality, mainly because the seal around your ears weakens. There are few exceptions though, and most of them are in the more expensive open-back headphones (HE-400) tongue.gif

Yeah I've read that but I decided to exchange the pads yesterday. I've found that velour pads actually pleather from the bottom side and for my amazement, the headphones that had pleather now have the same "better" bass and not so bright highs. So it seems Samson has changed something in headphones with velour pads which is weird.
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Generally velour pads do drop bass amount and/or quality, mainly because the seal around your ears weakens. There are few exceptions though, and most of them are in the more expensive open-back headphones (HE-400) tongue.gif

Yeah I've read that but I decided to exchange the pads yesterday. I've found that velour pads actually pleather from the bottom side and for my amazement, the headphones that had pleather now have the same "better" bass and not so bright highs. So it seems Samson has changed something in headphones with velour pads which is weird.

I guess the guys over at Head-Fi could not answer your questions to your satisfaction.
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