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Dekoni Elite Pads for Sennheiser HD600 Series Review – Something Different

Dekoni Audio is pretty well known for aftermarket earpads. They provide a range of options across a variety of price ranges and offer replacement earpads for popular models such as the Sennheiser HD6X0 lineup, Audeze LCD lineup, Denon/Beyerdynamic and so on.

Their Elite series is basically as the name suggests: premium earpads made with premium materials. I received the Dekoni Elite Fenestrated Sheepskin and the Dekoni Elite Hybrid earpads (HD650 variant) for this review. Let’s see how things change between them and the stock pads.

PHYSICAL THINGS AND USABILITY

The earpads and some stickers. That’s about it.

APPEARANCE, HAPTIC, AND BUILD QUALITY

The Elite pads are built exceptionally well. The seams are well put together and fit and finish is top-notch. The stock Sennheiser pads look cheap and janky in comparison. The plastic mounts are glued to the back and didn’t seem to budge even with some force applied.

For the Elite Hybrid pad you get a velour front (the part that touches your skin), leather sides, and fenestrated sheepskin on the inside. It’s an interesting choice of materials but the combination doesn’t look out of place.

First up: the Dekoni Elite Fenestrated Sheepskin pads. Compared to the stock pads, they boost the bass noticeably and some of it even slightly spills into the lower mids. As a result you lose some separation of instruments and imaging takes a hit to my ears (center-imaging esp). On the other hands, dynamics improve and the resulting sound signature is a pretty fun one and definitely suits Pop, hip-hop, RnB and such genres more than the stock pads. One thing that I noticed was how the lower-treble became peakier with the Elite Fenestrated Sheepskin pads. Compared to the stock pads, these are definitely a more V-shaped offering.

The Dekoni Elite Hybrid earpads on the other hand provide less mid-bass and upper-bass emphasis vs the Elite Fenestrated Sheepskin pads. They do have more sub-bass but given the limitations of the HD600 series driver (cannot reproduce sub-bass notes that well) it’s not that noticeable in most cases. I personally prefer the presentation of the Elite Hybrid pads over the Elite Fenestrated Sheepskin pads as they sound less cluttered in the midrange and the treble response is slightly more even-handed. It’s still not as smooth and laid-back as the stock pads but then again: the Dekoni pads are for those who are looking for a different signature. Comapred to the Elite Fenestrated Sheepskin pads, the Elite Hybrid pads also offer better instrument separation, though both pale in comparison to the stock pads in that regard.

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Dekoni hybrid earpads

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General Information

The Sennheiser HD600 series of headphones are the standard in open back headphones.

Dekoni’s pads are a little deeper than the stock pads opening up the sound stage, and the slow rebound memory foam helps alleviate clamp force from any user, even when wearing glasses.

Frankenstein from the best of all its pads, and it represents the pinnacle of the Dekoni brand.

The Elite Sheepskin outer ring improves isolation and the velour face gives a soft, velvety touch.

Add to the inside of the pad Dekoni’s Elite Fenestrated Sheepskin and you get the most neutral sound possible.

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Pros :. Great build quality. Improved durability. Increased comfort. Fine tuning of the sound. Six options to choose

Dekoni Audio asked here on Headfi for users willing to test ear pads for various headphones and provide their unbiased impressions.

We have applied and luckily we were selected to test the replacement ear pads for the Sennheiser HD660S so Dekoni Audio kindly provided a pair of our choice free of charge.

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The USA based Dekoni Audio is the largest and most well known maker of aftermarket ear pads for various models of headphones. They also make aftermarket ear tips plus hearing protection ear plugs and some other very useful accessories.

info can be found at their website https://dekoniaudio.com/

Now what sets Dekoni apart from other similar manufactures is that their ear pads are not just copies of the originals but they are designed with three parameters in mind. First to offer way better comfort. secondly to be made more durable and thirdly and most important to offer minor corrections and improvements to the sound signature of the applied headphones.

Most ear pads are offered in various versions made from different materials each one providing it’s own tuning plus varying in comfort results.

And the best part is that usually all this sound tweaking is supported by frequency measurements so the potential buyer will have an idea what’s all about.

For the Sennheiser HD6 series (plus 58x) we are offered six different replacement ear pads to choose from. Two are the Choice more budget oriented variant and the other four are from the top tier Elite Series.

Measurements are provided for all the six pads although only for the Sennheiser HD650 but since all the other compatible headphones have well known frequency measurements and comparisons available online it is easy to choose.

We have opted for the Hybrid variant since it is our beloved and we have been using it for years with great success with our Sennheiser HD800 and HD800S.

It is luxuriously made with great care and workmanship featuring velour at the face contact side. sheepskin for the outer part and fenestrated sheepskin for the inner circle. All this materials engulf a pad of slow rebound memory foam of better quality than the original.

As we have been using the hybrid pads for a few years with our above mentioned headphones we can confirm that they outlast the original ear pads about two times so as you can understand there are way better value since they will not need to be replaced so frequently.

Regarding the specific HD660S hybrid ear pad we thought of it as being more comfortable than the original due to the better touch feeling to the face and the much more roomy inner circle. It can fit without depressing or touching the ear. something that happens with the stock pads.

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Sound wise we heard some minor but really welcomed differences. As you can see from the photo the Dekoni pads are a little more deep so they push the driver a bit far away from the ear resulting in a better stage width. Don’t think this as a wow difference but it is there and happily noticed adding more air between the instruments and even better positioning accuracy.

Bass extension is slightly increased and we can hear better layering with improved clarity and detail retrieval with the last being true for all the frequency range. Finally there is a slight decrease at the upper mids. presence area making for a more natural tonality reducing some Echo or glare that it was otherwise present especially with some voices.

The Dekoni Hybrid ear pads for the Sennheiser HD660S are highly recommended for their increased durability and extra comfort and above all the ability to tweak and fine tune the sound with a welcomed improvement at least for our particular taste. Don’t forget that you can choose from six different offerings to slightly modify your beloved headphones tuning but if you are hardcore fan of the stock sound then go for the original pads.

Several members after reading this review have complained being more about comfort than sound. Well yes and no! This are replacement ear pads so yes comfort and quality is the first thing to be discussed here. Then we come to sound and we must understand that ear pads won’t buy you a new sounding headphone. We are talking here about fine tuning. minor tweaks that for someone will be considered as improvements and for some others not. So people don’t expect night and day differences and as it is noted above if you like stock sound then stay with stock pads.

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Dekoni Audio Choice Hybrid Replacement Ear Pads for Beyerdynamic DT and AKG K Series Headphones

These pads are the pride and joy of Dekoni, boasting the widest range of compatibility in our lineup.

Whether you’re in the studio, a DJ, a dedicated audiophile or hardcore gamer, our pads offer you the comfort and noise isolation needed to make those extended listening sessions a joy.

Dekoni Choice Hybrid is a combination of soft, supple synthetic suede and synthetic leather. Its sheen velour and leather looks and feels incredibly gentle on the skin.

Dekoni Choice hybrid has Choice Leather on the exterior, Choice Suede on the face which touches your ears, and Choice Leather with fenestration on the interior.

Frequency Response Measurements

Looking for for a different sound or feel? Check out our other options!

When you take soft, supple sheepskin and wrap it in dense, slow rebounding memory foam, you increase isolation, comfort and sound stage.

The sheepskin and foam wrap create a tight but comfortable seal on your head, even if you wear glasses, to ensure that our discerning listeners have a great headphone experience.

Dekoni Audio has introduced a new era in ear pads with the new Fenestrated Sheepskin ear pad.

The pad is designed to be cooler and more comfortable than any other pad and has the added benefit of helping to give the headphone a cleaner sound stage by reducing reflections of the direct sound before entering the ear.

Dekoni Audio created this Frankenstein from the best of all its pads, and it represents the pinnacle of the Dekoni brand.

The Elite Sheepskin outer ring improves isolation and the velour face gives a soft, velvety touch.

Add to the inside of the pad Dekoni’s Elite Fenestrated Sheepskin and you get the most neutral sound possible.

Dekoni Audio spent a lot of time designing and refining this ear pad to be the most comfortable and best sounding velour pad available today.

By using a tighter velour, Dekoni made the ear pad react more like traditional leather so that you don’t lose the bass frequencies or isolation seen in most velour pads, all while retaining the comfort and coolness of velour.

Dekoni Choice Leather is a soft, supple synthetic leather. Its sheen look and incredibly gentle feel on the skin is constantly mistaken for real leather.

With incredible durability and unmatched comfort, you may find you like it even more than real sheepskin. Dekoni Choice Leather uses the same ultra slow rebound memory foam from the Elite series.

Dekoni Choice Suede is a soft, supple synthetic suede. Its sheen velour look and incredibly gentle feel on the skin is constantly mistaken for real suede.

With incredible durability and unmatched comfort, you may find you like it even more than our Elite Velour models. Dekoni Choice Suede uses the same ultra slow rebound memory foam from the Elite series.

Additional information

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Customer Reviews

I replaced the pads on my Beyerdynamic DT 770 pro headphones. They were comfortable enough, but were getting a little bit oily after marathon recording sessions. Tough material to keep clean. The pads I got from Dekoni are much easier to clean, and they have a bit more of a seal in terms of sound, which makes the bass feel slightly more present. Comfy on the head ears. Replacing the pads was easier when I used a hair dryer on medium and got the sealing flaps nice and hot before mounting them on the cans. (Watch a YouTube video, it takes 2 minutes)

Take the best parts of both the originals pads and gives me exactly what I want! Simply put the best thing I bought for those headphones.

I will still leave this at 5 stars simply because i trust Dekoni and their products. I have to replace my pads again, simply because i use my headphones daily, and have used them for almost 3 years now without pause, and the leather has peeled off.

Im pretty sure the delayed delivery is because of the container crisis happening in the US, so I will stay patient, because i know the product is worth it 🙂

I got these pads to replace the suede pads on my DT 990 headphones. These pads are a little thicker and warmer than the suede pads, but still comfortable for long sessions. I’m enjoying the adjustment to the sound of the DT 990. There’s more bass, the overall sound is fuller. A bonus I did not expect is that the pads do a better job of blocking outside sounds. If you want a little more bass with your DT 990 these are good pads to use.

Brought a little more bass and mellowed out the highs so that my DT 1990’s sound even more amazing now.

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