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How to Improve the Sound Quality of your Headset

Tip 5: Replace the ear pads

If your headset allows you to change the ear cushions, you can use it to change the sound. Depending on the surface material and thickness of the pad, the sound can be drastically affected.

Thicker ear cushions increase the distance between your ears and the drivers. This increases the soundstage, the “width” of the sound. In addition, the intensity of the bass decreases.

Angled ear cushions improve the position of the drivers so that they can better emit sound into your ears. After all, ears are not flattened, but also angled ;)

There are serious differences in the upholstery covers. The following materials are commonly used:

  • Plastic (e.g. Superlux HD 330) – gets warm quickly, scratchy and breaks quickly. Provides strong bass and sharp treble.
  • artificial leather (e.g. Audio-Technica ATH-M50XBT) – probably the most common material. It warms up quickly, isolates well from the environment, provides strong bass and sharp treble.
  • Velours (e.g. Beyerdynamic DT-770 Pro) – can absorb sweat, hardly attenuates ambient noise, attenuates bass and treble.
  • Hybrid (e.g. Hifiman Sundara) – the outer and inner ring consists of imitation leather, the surface resting on the skin is suede. Can absorb some sweat, shields a bit worse from the environment than normal artificial leather pads, relatively strong bass and sharp treble.
  • Real leather (e.g. Audeze LCD-X) – hardly differs in sound from artificial leather, but can be more comfortable and resistant.

If you have made your choice, you should measure whether your desired ear cushions fit your headset. A universal ear pad that should fit many headsets is the Brainwavz HM5.

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Simon Lüthje

I am co-founder of this blog and am very interested in everything that has to do with technology, but I also like to play games. I was born in Hamburg, but now I live in Berlin.

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