@zfisch The right pads make a big difference. I pretty much followed the advice from myusernameislove on HF (+++ with pads 2, see the link at the end of my post). I used some velour pads which I brought down to 6 mm and stitched again. They were inserted in the rim of the pleather pads which themselves don‘t have the clamp ring to fit the HD540. This gives more space for the ears and a good tonal balance. Also there might be small diferences with the 300 Ohm version. It is often said the 600 Ohm version is a bit better, the gold 600 Ohm being the best. I still did not get a chance to hear the gungir multibit (only owned the modi multibit for a while) but I am pretty sure I would like the last edition from what I get from interpolating impressions. Here the link about the pad options ( go to the post which says PADS PADS PADS): https://www.head-fi.org/threads/wow-sennheiser-hd-540-reference-are-so-good.670255/page-164 Listening to some classical piano right now (Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli) and once again they are doing a great job!