Hey guys, lend me your advice if possible Recently stumbled upon this magical set of cans, oh so chocolatey smooth. Im still breaking in these bad boys, and so I imagine the frame and foam might still be a bit stiff for a while, but its doing me a heckin discomfort and I wouldnt mind some velour contact. I have been toying with the idea of new ear pads, but Im unsure if its worth $50AUD for the famous Brainwavz HM5 (hybrid angled). Ive been watching some Z reviews on Youtube to get an idea of pad choices and effects for M40x's specifically. (he loves them too!) Thoughts? Yesterday I tried doing a round of EQ work just by ear to take away some harshness and see what sounded good, and saved it for comparison later. Im using Equalizer APO + Peace, making sure I use the graph window to plot my changes on a curve. (refer to pic below) Next I tried pulling up an actual response graph and EQ'ing to counter all the peaks and cuts, and listen to how my original EQ (and no EQ) compared. I know this probably isnt ideal, but I was curious. The sound was definitely very tonally coloured on the first round, but on the second round it did sound far more neutral and was more bearable at louder volumes. I know its probably very aggressive EQ, and Im still forming my opinion about how it sounds compared to EQ OFF (which isnt that bad. This is just an experiment.) After 30 mins of A/B testing, I feel like this EQ is actually achieving what I want it to, but Id love some thoughts about my methods and what changes I should make. EDIT: Ive included the ATH M40x correctional EQ file for E-APO/Peace if you wanted to test it yourself.