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Dekoni Audio is proud to announce our booth at Audio Expo North America, located at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center in Chicago, IL. Stop by our booth 8411 in the Expo Hall to check out our collection of headphones from the top manufacturers in the world. We offer streaming service from our friends at Qobuz on headphone amplifiers by Schiit Audio and IFI Audio. Take a second to talk with us about the difference ear pads can make to your listening experience.

When you stop by our booth we are handing out Dekoni Audio Headphone Wipes. Take these to the Ear Gear Experience and sanitize the headphones and in ears you might want to try out.

We hope to see you there!

Audio Expo North America

August 7 – 9, 2020

Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention center | Chicago, IL

 

Dekoni Audio is pleased to share a “deep dive” look into our Fostex TH-X00 Premium line of Earpads, specifically tuned to elevate your listening experience. 

We start with comfort, using our soft, high density, slow rebound memory foam for an extra plush experience that conforms to the shape of your face (and accommodates glasses stems). Like all our earpads, they are offered in a wide range of fabric options, including Elite Sheepskin, Elite Fenestrated Sheepskin, Elite Velour, and our Elite Hybrid pads. We also have Fostex TH-X00 available in Platinum Protein Leather, made from eggshell proteins.  We ensured the pads mount just as securely as the stock pads. Finally, we shaped and measured the pads to tune the sound and share a preview of how they sound compared to stock pads.

In our measurements, we aren’t using compensation except to cancel out the ear response of our microphone dummy head. We have been fortunate to have acquired a certain well-known Audio Precision-based measurement rig, and will continue to keep the measurements coming! Some measurements by others are made with adjustments to reflect the effect that the shape of a generic inner and outer ear will have on the sound waves – we don’t do that, because as every experienced audio enthusiast knows, we all have different ears! So, as part of a series of Dekoni Describes posts, we will walk our readers through understanding our graphs.

Dekoni TH-X00 Compared

The first thing to understand about an uncompensated graph is that it will sound different to the listener than the graph will show. For one, we haven’t smoothed our graphs, so there are many peaks and valleys that would have been lost information, but also there are other factors, such as the human’s extra sensitivity to vocals, and that the shape of our ears and depth of our ear canals can actually amplify certain frequencies. For the purposes of swapping earpads, it is enough to say that a flat line along the 0 dB line wouldn’t sound “good” on these uncompensated graphs, and mainly we want to focus on how a Dekoni pad compares to the Stock pad. With our measurements, we used the Fostex x Massdrop TH-X00 Purpleheart, which comes Stock with Fostex’s Pleather.

We use supple, natural Sheepskin that is the softest and most breathable available today, available in solid or Fenestrated (French for “windowed,” it has little holes in it). With our solid Sheepskin, overall we see a similar shaped frequency response and only up to a 4 dB deviation from stock, where the biggest change is a bit less energy around the 2-4 kHz range. Keep in mind the little “bowl” in the midrange between 1kHz and 5 kHz is normal, because without it, vocals would sound “shouty” and louder than the extended frequencies!

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Dekoni TH-X00 FnSk

Our Fenestrated Sheepskin is also similar in shape to the stock pad, though the midrange is elevated and more “forward” relative to stock, except near 3k-4k Hz which is very close to stock. This creates a more intimate presentation, great for people who enjoy Bio-Cellulose drivers yet wish for a more upfront presentation that focuses on vocals, guitars, violins, and ought to please the band Oppenheimer (check out their album names). Fenestrations are also airy in that they allow some more heat to escape through the pads.

Our Elite Velour has a higher thread count and tighter weave than typical velour pads, soft and breathable but as you can see there is no loss of foundational bass – in fact it traces very similar to the Fenestrated Sheepskin pads on this headphone, with just a bit less mids energy. In fact, this is a great opportunity to choose based on your comfort preference for cloth or leather, contrary to most velours which lose low end and high end pitch quantity that leave a bare midrange.

Dekoni TH-X00 Vlr

Dekoni TH-X00 Hyb

Our Hybrid pads, which are sealed with solid Sheepskin on the outside face, neutral Fenestrated Sheepskin on the inner face, and comfortable with Velour on the face facing your face, measure the closest to TH-900 stock pads, though it has a smaller peak around 8 kHz, and a similar 4dB drop around the 3k-4k Hz midrange. This pad is a great option if you want to keep as much of the stock sound as possible, while having cloth touching your skin.

Dekoni’s Protein Leather is an economical alternative to animal hides, as it is made from eggshell protein, and has a thinner weight and a more even grain structure than the Sheepskin. As you can see from the graph, it has a graph shape similar to the Hybrid pads with the changes emphasized just a little more, for a bit of a v-shaped presentation without getting sharp in the upper mids/treble.

Dekoni TH-X00 PL

The subjective factor of experiencing headphones and ear pads matters the most, of course. If it sounds good, it is good! One great feature of Fostex’s pad mount design is the relative ease of changing pads, so pads can be changed on a whim. We listen with our pads for several revisions before release, and we want to thank the reviewers and our patrons on Head-Fi and other platforms who have shared their experiences. Real user experience is the best judge, and we thank everyone who has tried to describe their experience!

Dekoni TH-X00 pads attach to the Fostex TH-900 mk1 and mk2, TH-909, TH-600 and 610, Drop.com’s TH- and TR-X00 of every wood variety, as well as headphones from other companies such as Denon D7000, D5000, D2000 and EMU Teak. Dekoni DT pads are available now at our fine dealers internationally and dekoniaudio.com.

 

Dekoni Audio is pleased to share a “deep dive” look into our HiFiman line of circular Earpads,  specifically tuned to elevate your listening experience. 

We start with comfort, using our soft, high density, slow rebound memory foam for an extra plush experience that conforms to the shape of your face (and accommodates glasses stems). Like all our earpads, they are offered in a wide range of fabric options, including Elite Sheepskin, Elite Fenestrated Sheepskin, Elite Velour, and our Elite Hybrid pads. Our pads fit the circular earcup HiFiman headphones, including the Sundara, HE560, HE400i, HE35X, and many more. We ensured the pads mount just as securely as the stock pads. Finally, we shaped and measured the pads to tune the sound and share a preview of how they sound compared to stock pads.

In our measurements, we aren’t using compensation except to cancel out the ear response of our microphone dummy head. We have been fortunate to have acquired a certain well-known Audio Precision-based measurement rig, and will continue to keep the measurements coming! Some measurements by others are made with adjustments to reflect the effect that the shape of a generic inner and outer ear will have on the sound waves – we don’t do that, because as every experienced audio enthusiast knows, we all have different ears! So, as part of a series of Dekoni Describes posts, we will walk our readers through understanding our graphs

Dekoni HE400i Comp
The first thing to understand about an uncompensated graph is that it will sound different to the listener than the graph will show. For one, we haven’t smoothed our graphs, so there are many peaks and valleys that would have been lost information, but also there are other factors, such as the human’s extra sensitivity to vocals, and that the shape of our ears and depth of our ear canals can actually amplify certain frequencies. For the purposes of swapping earpads, it is enough to say that a flat line along the 0 dB line wouldn’t sound “good” on these uncompensated graphs, a dip in the midrange is to be expected since human ears are more sensitive to that region, and mainly we want to focus on how a Dekoni pad compares to the Stock pad. With our measurements, we used the well-known HE400i, which comes Stock with HiFiman’s Pleather/Velour hybrids.

We use supple, natural Sheepskin that is the softest and most breathable available today, available in solid or Fenestrated. With our solid Sheepskin, you can comfortably choose this textile if you want the real leather upgrade, because the HE400i and it’s stablemates are some of the most open headphones with some of the least impact on sound from using our pads instead of the scratchy stock pads. Sheepskin is also easy to wipe clean any sweat and oils from your skin, and will be very durable over time.

Dekoni HE400i Sk

Dekoni HE400i FnSk

Our Fenestrated Sheepskin is also almost audibly indistinguishable from the stock pad, except for the real leather texture and the slightly better ~2dB increase in midrange, and slightly more sense of “air” at the limits of human hearing. The sub-bass is actually perceptually very similar to stock and our solid Sheepskin; remember that the limit to human hearing is closer to 20 Hz (first vertical line “in” on the logarithmic scale) and mostly felt more than heard, and the HE400i still has very impressive sub bass extension for an open-backed headphone! Fenestrations are also airy in that they allow some more heat to escape through the pads.

Our Elite Velour has a higher thread count and tighter weave than typical velour pads, soft and breathable but as you can see there is no loss of foundational bass – in fact it traces very similar to the Fenestrated Sheepskin pads on this headphone, and again audibly nigh-indistinguishable from stock. Our high thread count velour has much finer, softer, and shorter pile than the stock pads, and will be less itchy while also retaining the least heat.

Dekoni HE400i ELVR

Dekoni HE400i Hyb

Our Hybrid pads, which are sealed with solid Sheepskin on the outside face, neutral Fenestrated Sheepskin on the inner face, and comfortable with Velour on the face facing your face, measured with practically no deviation from the stock pads, but all the construction materials (including the memory foam inside) have received a premium upgrade for better comfort and durability. Remember, all of our pads carry a 2 year warranty against defects!

The subjective factor of experiencing headphones and earpads matters the most, of course. If it sounds good, it is good! We listen with our pads for several revisions before release, and we want to thank the reviewers and our patrons on Head-Fi and other platforms who have shared their experiences. Real user experience is the best judge, and we thank everyone who has tried to describe their experience!

Our HiFiman pads are available now at our fine dealers internationally, and dekoniaudio.com.

 

Dekoni Audio is pleased to share a “deep dive” look into our Audio Technica M50x line of Earpads, specifically tuned to elevate your listening experience. 

We start with comfort, using our soft, high density, slow rebound memory foam for an extra plush experience that conforms to the shape of your face (and accommodates glasses stems). Like all our earpads, they are offered in a wide range of fabric options, including Elite Sheepskin, Elite Velour, Choice Leather, Choice Suede, Choice Hybrid, and our Protein Leather pads. We ensured the pads mount just as securely as the stock pads – these pads will fit the M50x, but also the popular Sony MDR-7506. Finally, we shaped and measured the pads to tune the sound and share a preview of how they sound compared to stock pads.

In our measurements, we use the measurement data from the headphone coupled with the realistic ears of our microphone dummy head. We have been fortunate to have acquired a certain well-known Audio Precision-based measurement rig, and will continue to keep the measurements coming! The data is presented raw and uncompensated, except to cancel out the ear response of our microphone dummy head, and it’s the average data from 5 slightly different seatings of the headphone. Some measurements by others are made without headphones actually sitting on ears, or with adjustments to reflect the effect that the shape of a generic inner and outer ear will have on the sound waves – we don’t do that, because as every experienced audio enthusiast knows, we all have different ears! So, as part of a series of Dekoni Describes posts, we will walk our readers through understanding our graphs.

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The first thing to understand about an uncompensated graph is that it will sound different to the listener than the graph will show. For one, we haven’t smoothed our graphs, so there are many peaks and valleys that would have been lost information, but also there are other factors, such as the effect from the earcups and pads resting against a head and around ears, the human ear’s extra sensitivity to vocals (thus most headphones are designed with a midrange “bowl”), and that the shape of our ears and depth of our ear canals can actually amplify certain frequencies. For the purposes of swapping earpads, it is enough to say that a flat line along the 0 dB line wouldn’t sound “good” on these uncompensated graphs, a dip in the midrange is to be expected since human ears are more sensitive to that region, and mainly we want to focus on how a Dekoni pad compares to the Stock pad. With our measurements, we used the classic M50x, which comes Stock with Audio Technica’s microsuede pad.

We use supple, natural Sheepskin that is the softest and most breathable available today. With our solid Sheepskin, overall we see a similar frequency response curve shape as stock, except the sub-bass “rumble” response gently rolls off more than before. Great for anyone who chooses the M50x for tight bass, emphasis on the midrange and treble, and prefers the feel of leather (and thicker, memory foam pads).

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Our Protein Leather also has mildly lighter sub-bass (mostly it just sounds less boomy) and a more linear progression from bass to mids to treble. The upper mids and upper treble have a little less energy now, so if you ever felt the midrange of the stock pads (which lack the typical midrange bowl we would expect to see in an uncompensated RAW graph!) was too shouty or the treble was too hot, these could be a great option! Our Protein Leather is also more special than (plastic) pleather, as the eggshell membrane protein results in a more supple, moisturized and soft material.

Our Elite Velour has a higher thread count and tighter weave than typical velour pads, soft and breathable but as you can see the performance is similar to a sealed pad (and the stock pad!), with a little more quantity of low-midrange and sub bass. If you need something to wick away sweat and stay noticeably cooler than the stock pads, the Elite Velour are for you!

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Our Choice Hybrid pads are sealed with sleek and solid Choice Leather on the outside face and inner face, and soft Choice Suede on the face facing your face that won’t stick to your skin. This pad measures the close to the Velour and is shaped similarly to Audio Technica’s stock pads, with more sub-bass and low mids compared to the other pads, no more 4.5 kHz spike, and a bit more upper-midrange energy and “air” in the highest ranges of our hearing which helps with positional accuracy and sense of soundstage space.

Choice Leather is a super soft synthetic leather, offering an animal-free option. With a steeper dip in the midrange, the headphone sounds stronger in the bass than before, for a more exciting sound great for those deep electronic beats, but also smooths our the upper midrange spike centered around 4.5 kHz. 4.5kHz spikes are often correlated with sibilance, so this could be a great solution for taming more edgy harmonicas and violins.

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Choice Suede has a similar sound to Choice Leather, because both are actually sealed synthetic pads! The sound still has the smooth volume transition between (a touch extra) sub bass and midrange with no spike, and the stock dip at 6.5 kHz has shifted down to 5.5 kHz, so the sound may seem more romanticised. Our Choice Suede is also our most luxuriously soft textured pad textile, while also avoiding the stickiness that sometimes happens with smooth pads.

The subjective factor of experiencing headphones and earpads matters the most, of course. If it sounds good, it is good! We listen with our pads for several revisions before release, and we want to thank the reviewers and our patrons on Head-Fi and other platforms who have shared their experiences. Real user experience is the best judge, and we thank everyone who has tried to describe their experience!

 

   Our Audio Technica pads are available now at our fine dealers internationally, and dekoniaudio.com.

 

Dekoni Audio is proud to exhibit at the 2020 National Association of Music Merchants show in Anaheim California. We welcome all guests of the show to stop by our booth 8100 located in hall B. Grab some goodies and take a listen to our large array of industry headphone leaders wearing our elite line of ear pads. Catch our social media and resident headphone guru Everett “EvShrugs” or Dylan our Product Manager to chat about the designing that goes into all of Dekoni Audio’s products. Hope to see you at the show!

The NAMM Show 2020
Anaheim California, Anaheim Convention Center

January 16-19

Dekoni Audio is pleased to share a “deep dive” look into our Sennheiser HD 6XX line of Earpads, specifically tuned to elevate your listening experience. 

We start with comfort, using our soft, high density, slow rebound memory foam for an extra plush experience that conforms to the shape of your face (and accommodates glasses stems). Like all our earpads, they are offered in a wide range of fabric options, including Elite Sheepskin, Elite Fenestrated Sheepskin, Elite Velour, and our Elite Hybrid pads. We also have just added HD 6XX pads in our new Choice Leather and Choice Suede.  We ensured the pads mount just as securely as the stock pads – these pads will fit the HD 660 S, HD 6XX, HD 58X Jubilee, HD 650, and HD 600. Finally, we shaped and measured the pads to tune the sound and share a preview of how they sound compared to stock pads.

In our measurements, we use the measurement data from the headphone coupled with the realistic ears of our microphone dummy head. We have been fortunate to have acquired a certain well-known Audio Precision-based measurement rig, and will continue to keep the measurements coming! The data is presented raw and uncompensated, except to cancel out the ear response of our microphone dummy head, and it’s the average data from 5 slightly different seatings of the headphone. Some measurements by others are made without headphones actually sitting on ears, or with adjustments to reflect the effect that the shape of a generic inner and outer ear will have on the sound waves – we don’t do that, because as every experienced audio enthusiast knows, we all have different ears! So, as part of a series of Dekoni Describes posts, we will walk our readers through understanding our graphs.

Dekoni HD 650 Pads Compared
The first thing to understand about an uncompensated graph is that it will sound different to the listener than the graph will show. For one, we haven’t smoothed our graphs, so there are many peaks and valleys that would have been lost information, but also there are other factors, such as the effect from the earcups and pads resting against a head and around ears, the human ear’s extra sensitivity to vocals, and that the shape of our ears and depth of our ear canals can actually amplify certain frequencies. For the purposes of swapping earpads, it is enough to say that a flat line along the 0 dB line wouldn’t sound “good” on these uncompensated graphs, a dip in the midrange is to be expected since human ears are more sensitive to that region, and mainly we want to focus on how a Dekoni pad compares to the Stock pad. With our measurements, we used the well-known HD 650, which comes Stock with Sennheiser’s velour pad.

We use supple, natural Sheepskin that is the softest and most breathable available today, available in solid or Fenestrated. With our solid Sheepskin, overall we see a similar frequency response curve shape as stock, except the bass response is stronger relative to the rest of the frequencies than before. Great for anyone who felt the HD 650 was a little flat, and could use a touch of excitement (and leather)!

Dekoni HD 650 Sk Graph

Dekoni HD 650 FnSk Graph

Our Fenestrated (French for “windowed,” it has little holes in it) Sheepskin is also a bit bass-stronger than stock, except the bass boost isn’t as strong as the solid Sheepskin and the upper mids/treble rise is a little more subdued. One thing the graphs don’t show but we hear all the time from our customers: the Fenestrated Sheepskin seems to unmask extra detail. This has been our bestselling pad for this model! Fenestrations are also airy in that they allow some more heat to escape through the pads, but are small enough to allow a damp cloth to wipe away sweat and grime easily without damaging the memory foam beneath.

Our Elite Velour has a higher thread count and tighter weave than typical velour pads, soft and breathable but as you can see there is no loss of foundational bass – in fact it is stronger relative to the mids and highs! This is the most v-shaped pad in this lineup with more bass and a bit more treble relative to the midrange, but still our Velour pad presents largely the same sonic character as stock, and improved comfort due to the less stiff memory foam which also retains its shape better through repeat listens.

Dekoni HD 650 Vlr Graph

Dekoni HD 650 Hyb Graph

Our Hybrid pads, which are sealed with solid Sheepskin on the outside face, neutral Fenestrated Sheepskin on the inner face, and comfortable with Velour on the face facing your face, measure very closely to the Fenestrated Sheepskin, which makes sense because both have Fenestrated Sheepskin on the side of the pad that faces the driver and the path of the sound, however it has the soft Velour on the side that touches your face and head, and a sleek sheet of Sheepskin to dress up the exterior face of the pad.

Last but not least, the newest pads are the Choice Leather and Choice Suede pads. Boasting a 3 dB increase in bass, they trace a very similar signature to the Sheepskin, though it should be noted that the Suede option creates the least energy near 10,000 Hz out of all the pads. instead of procured from animal hide, it has a more even grain structure, and it’s thinner to contain less heat.

Dekoni HD 650 CHL graph

Dekoni HD 650 CHS Graph

The subjective factor of experiencing headphones and earpads matters the most, of course. If it sounds good, it is good! We listen with our pads for several revisions before release, and we want to thank the reviewers and our patrons on Head-Fi and other platforms who have shared their experiences. Real user experience is the best judge, and we thank everyone who has tried to describe their experience!

Our Sennheiser pads are available now at our fine dealers internationally, and dekoniaudio.com.

Dekoni Audio is pleased to share a “deep dive” look into our Koss ESP/95X line of Earpads, specifically tuned to elevate your listening experience. 

We start with comfort, using our soft, high density, slow rebound memory foam for an extra plush experience that conforms to the shape of your face (and accommodates glasses stems). For optimum performance, we have covered the memory foam with Fenestrated Sheepskin. We ensured the pads mount just as securely as the stock pads. Finally, we shaped and measured the pads to tune the sound and share a preview of how they sound compared to stock pads.

In our measurements, we are sharing the raw data except to cancel out the ear response of our microphone dummy head. We have been fortunate to have acquired a certain well-known Audio Precision-based measurement rig, and will continue to keep the measurements coming! Some measurements by others are made with adjustments to reflect the effect that the shape of a generic inner and outer ear will have on the sound waves – we provide the raw data, because as every experienced audio enthusiast knows, we all have different ears! So, as part of a series of Dekoni Describes posts, we will walk our readers through understanding our graphs.

Koss ESP95X FnSk
The first thing to understand about an uncompensated graph is that it will sound different to the listener than the graph will show. For one, we haven’t smoothed our graphs, so there are many peaks and valleys that would have been lost information, but also there are other factors, such as the human’s extra sensitivity to vocals, and that the shape of our ears and depth of our ear canals can actually amplify certain frequencies. For the purposes of swapping earpads, it is enough to say that a flat line along the 0 dB line wouldn’t sound “good” on these uncompensated graphs, a dip in the midrange is to be expected since human ears are more sensitive to that region, and mainly we want to focus on how a Dekoni pad compares to the Stock Vinyl pad.

We use supple, natural Sheepskin that is the softest and most breathable available today. Our Fenestrated (French for “windowed,” it has little holes in it) Sheepskin is almost indistinguishable from the stock pad, except for the slightly more linear bass extension as the frequency drops, and of course the comfort is improved with the leather texture, superior heat dissipation, and still easy to wipe clean with a cloth.

The subjective factor of experiencing headphones and earpads matters the most, of course. If it sounds good, it is good! We listen with our pads for several revisions before release, and we want to thank the reviewers and our patrons on Head-Fi and other platforms who have shared their experiences. Real user experience is the best judge, and we thank everyone who has tried to describe their experience!

Our Koss pads are available now at our fine dealers internationally, and dekoniaudio.com.

Dekoni Audio is proud to exhibit at Head-Fi’s CanJam NYC! Stop by our booth for great deals and a few other goodies. Do yourself a favor and grab a sticker as well as a Dekoni branded microfiber cloth. Once you have grabbed some swag take a listen of some of the greatest headphones available on the market with our Elite line of headphone replacement pads. Don’t forget to talk headphones with our social media and headphone guru Everett. Finish up with a purchase of our entire line of ear pads, If we don’t have it we will ship it to you free. We hope to see you at CanJam NYC presented by Head-Fi.org.

Check out the many different locations CanJam visits around the world canjamglobal.com

Dekoni Audio is pleased to share a “deep dive” look into our AKG K701 line of Earpads,  specifically tuned to elevate your listening experience. 

We start with comfort, using our soft, high density, slow rebound memory foam for an extra plush experience that conforms to the shape of your face (and accommodates glasses stems). Like all our earpads, they are offered in a wide range of fabric options, including Elite Sheepskin, Elite Fenestrated Sheepskin, Elite Velour, and our Elite Hybrid pads. We also have K701 pads available in Protein Leather.  We ensured the pads mount just as securely as the stock pads. Finally, we shaped and measured the pads to tune the sound and share a preview of how they sound compared to stock pads.

In our measurements, we aren’t using compensation except to cancel out the ear response of our microphone dummy head. We have been fortunate to have acquired a certain well-known Audio Precision-based measurement rig, and will continue to keep the measurements coming! Some measurements by others are made with adjustments to reflect the effect that the shape of a generic inner and outer ear will have on the sound waves – we don’t do that, because as every experienced audio enthusiast knows, we all have different ears! So, as part of a series of Dekoni Describes posts, we will walk our readers through understanding our graphs

K701 ST SK FN VL HY PL comp

The first thing to understand about an uncompensated graph is that it will sound different to the listener than the graph will show. For one, we haven’t smoothed our graphs, so there are many peaks and valleys that would have been lost information, but also there are other factors, such as the human’s extra sensitivity to vocals, and that the shape of our ears and depth of our ear canals can actually amplify certain frequencies. For the purposes of swapping earpads, it is enough to say that a flat line along the 0 dB line wouldn’t sound “good” on these uncompensated graphs, a dip in the midrange is to be expected since human ears are more sensitive to that region, and mainly we want to focus on how a Dekoni pad compares to the Stock pad. With our measurements, we used the well-known K701, which comes Stock with AKG’s Velour.

We use supple, natural Sheepskin that is the softest and most breathable available today, available in solid or Fenestrated. With our solid Sheepskin, overall we see the largest deviation from stock, where the listening experience will feel like more bass, and overall a stronger v-shaped sound. Keep in mind the dip in the midrange between 1kHz and 5 kHz is to be expected in an uncompensated graph, because of our sensitivity to vocals and the midrange in general, but this will still be a v-shaped sound with emphasis on treble and bass!

K701 Sk

K701 FnSk

Our Fenestrated (French for “windowed,” it has little holes in it) Sheepskin is almost audibly indistinguishable from the stock pad, except for the leather texture and the slightly better bass extension as the frequency drops. Fenestrations are also airy in that they allow some more heat to escape through the pads.

Our Elite Velour has a higher thread count and tighter weave than typical velour pads, soft and breathable but as you can see there is no loss of foundational bass – in fact it traces very similar to the Fenestrated Sheepskin pads on this headphone, with just a bit less energy in the lower mids. In fact, this is a great opportunity to choose based on your comfort preference for cloth or leather, contrary to most velours which lose low end and high end pitch quantity that leave a bare the midrange.

K701 EVL

K701 Hyb

Our Hybrid pads, which are sealed with solid Sheepskin on the outside face, neutral Fenestrated Sheepskin on the inner face, and comfortable with Velour on the face facing your face, measure with more amplitude and linearity in the midrange, and a smaller contrast between the 4kHz and 6 kHz valleys and peaks than stock, but again overall a similar frequency curve shape as the stock pads.

Finally, our Protein Leather pads trace a very similar signature to the Sheepskin. That’s because they’re all sealed pads, though it should be noted that the Protein Leather has further bass emphasis and extension for an even more exciting v-shaped sound. Because Protein leather manufactured from eggshell protein instead of procured from animal hide, it has a more even grain structure, and it’s thinner to contain less heat.

K701 PL

The subjective factor of experiencing headphones and earpads matters the most, of course. If it sounds good, it is good! We listen with our pads for several revisions before release, and we want to thank the reviewers and our patrons on Head-Fi and other platforms who have shared their experiences. Real user experience is the best judge, and we thank everyone who has tried to describe their experience!

Our AKG pads are available now at our fine dealers internationally, and dekoniaudio.com.

Dekoni Audio is pleased to share a “deep dive” look into our Beyerdynamic DT Premium line of Earpads, specifically tuned to elevate your listening experience. 

We start with comfort, using our soft, high density, slow rebound memory foam for an extra plush experience that conforms to the shape of your face (and accommodates glasses stems). Like all our earpads, they are offered in a wide range of fabric options, including Elite Sheepskin, Elite Fenestrated Sheepskin, Elite Velour, and our Elite Hybrid pads. We also have Beyerdynamic available in Choice Leather and Choice Suede.  We ensured the pads mount just as securely as the stock pads. Finally, we shaped and measured the pads to tune the sound and share a preview of how they sound compared to stock pads.

In our measurements, we aren’t using compensation except to cancel out the ear response of our microphone dummy head. We have been fortunate to have acquired a certain well-known Audio Precision-based measurement rig, and will continue to keep the measurements coming! Some measurements by others are made with adjustments to reflect the effect that the shape of a generic inner and outer ear will have on the sound waves – we don’t do that, because as every experienced audio enthusiast knows, we all have different ears! So, as part of a series of Dekoni Describes posts, we will walk our readers through understanding our graphs

DT1990 AllPads

The first thing to understand about an uncompensated graph is that it will sound different to the listener than the graph will show. For one, we haven’t smoothed our graphs, so there are many peaks and valleys that would have been lost information, but also there are other factors, such as the human’s extra sensitivity to vocals, and that the shape of our ears and depth of our ear canals can actually amplify certain frequencies. For the purposes of swapping earpads, it is enough to say that a flat line along the 0 dB line wouldn’t sound “good” on these uncompensated graphs, and mainly we want to focus on how a Dekoni pad compares to the Stock pad. With our measurements, we used the refined DT1990, which comes Stock with Beyerdynamic’s Velour.

We use supple, natural Sheepskin that is the softest and most breathable available today, available in solid or Fenestrated (French for “windowed,” it has little holes in it). With our solid Sheepskin, overall we see a similar shaped frequency response and only up to a 5 dB deviation from stock, where the biggest change is a smoother transition between bass and mids around the 2 kHz range. Keep in mind the little “bowl” in the midrange between 1kHz and 5 kHz is normal, because without it, vocals would sound “shouty” and louder than the extended frequencies!

DT1990 Sk

DT1990 FnSk
Our Fenestrated Sheepskin is also similar in shape to the stock pad, though the transition from bass to mids is a bit more abrupt while transitioning to the highs is more gradual, and this “shelf” makes the midrange sound more distinct from the lows and highs. You could also look at this as a good choice for anyone who felt like the treble could use just a bit more amplitude relative to the bass. Fenestrations are also airy in that they allow some more heat to escape through the pads.

Our Elite Velour has a higher thread count and tighter weave than typical velour pads, soft and breathable but as you can see there is no loss of foundational bass – in fact it traces very similar to the Fenestrated Sheepskin pads on this headphone, with just a bit less energy in the lower mids. In fact, this is a great opportunity to choose based on your comfort preference for cloth or leather, contrary to most velours which lose low end and high end pitch quantity that leave a bare the midrange.

DT1990 ElVr

DT1990 ElHyb

Our Hybrid pads, which are sealed with solid Sheepskin on the outside face, neutral Fenestrated Sheepskin on the inner face, and comfortable with Velour on the face facing your face, measure with more amplitude and linearity in the midrange, and a smaller contrast between the 4kHz and 6 kHz valleys and peaks than stock, like our Fenestrated Sheepskin but with a bit more kids presence.

Dekoni’s Protein Leather is an economical alternative to skins, as it is made from eggshell protein, and has a thinner weight and a more even grain structure than the Sheepskin. As you can see from the graph, it forms a very good seal, changing the overall tilt of the response curve towards a bass-emphasized, treble de-emphasized signature for a more relaxed sound.

DT1990 PrLr

Finally, our new Choice Leather and Choice Suede pads that have been making waves on the forums lately, trace a very similar signature to each other (which is also very close to the Sheepskin). That’s because they’re all sealed pads, though it should be noted that the Choice Suede noticeably lacks a treble peak around 9 kHz.

DT1990 ChLr

DT1990 ChSd

The subjective factor of experiencing headphones and ear pads matters the most, of course. If it sounds good, it is good! One great feature of Beyerdynamic’s pad mount design is the relative ease of changing pads, so pads can be changed on a whim. to We listen with our pads for several revisions before release, and we want to thank the reviewers and our patrons on Head-Fi and other platforms who have shared their experiences. Real user experience is the best judge, and we thank everyone who has tried to describe their experience!

Dekoni DT pads attach to the DT770, DT880, DT990, DT1990, DT1770, MMX, Custom One Pro, MMX, T1, T5, Amiron Home, and many more within the Beyerdynamic brand, but also work other brand headphones such as the Razer Kraken Pro Tournament, Enigma Acoustics Dharma, AKG K240, and many more. Dekoni DT pads are available now at our fine dealers internationally and dekoniaudio.com, with prices ranging from $34.99 to $79.99