Trying the Elear earpads on the Utopias. It's like getting two! two! headphones for the price of one extraordinarily expensive one.
Tyll measured the FR difference between the pads and on paper it looks like a minor difference. On my head, it's as if they're different headphones. Instead of maybe too cool with maybe a bright spot, you get maybe too warm and bass that's maybe (likely) too big. Dynamics in the lower mids are nicer.
I'm wondering a little how they would sound with silver cables, which would be the last thing I would consider with the Utopia pads.
For me, the Elear pads are more comfortable. They are a sort of rough-ish chamois-like leather instead of the shiny glove leather of the Utopia ones. More like velour, which is usually my preference.
The big question is which is better, emotional-connection-with-the-music wise. At this point, I think I'm leaning toward the Utopia pads.Tyll wrote that he preferred the Elear pads.
We'll see. Or hear.