I realize that. The Dekoni Elite Pad was inbetween stock and Audeze pads in terms of improvement and costs $60. My biggest grip with Brainwavz pads are that they aren't circular. You need as close to a perfect seal for the sub bass to be present. The way that the pads are adhered is on the outside edge like Audeze pads and so you won't get a good seal where the Brainwavz pads taper in at the sides. It's really worth it to get them. Think of it as a $400 headphone that competes with anything up to $1500.