to the great esteemed mr pauli, i am glad you are liking the AKGs, buying 2 sets of cans at once, i presume one is for production and one for DJing? i use mine for DJing...
i have ears that stick out, and the 171s get clampy after one hour... i tried the 271s, but it feels like i have to press my hand against the cup to get a good fit.
however, i must inform you of the issue about the leather earpads... being an idiot, i neglected to give them a good wiping after use, after a while the sweat, oil, and plague pus from my face messed it up... and for the 171, the original AKG pads are super hard to find, whereas for the larger AKG 271, they are easy to find in stores even in Taiwanistan... the 271 also has veleour pads available.
so far i've had to make do with cheapo no-name pads, the leather kind with the "silky folds" like the Sennheiser pic above, but of very low quality, i need to use tape to keep em on the cans, and they rip easily.
the reason why i am making such a big fuss over original AKG pads because they are not the the silky fold type, they are thick untextured leather, the same as sony MDR V700....
i finally found them on thompson some german store... the pads are about 5 euros, but shipping is a prohibitive 27 euro! i mean SHIT!
also on that side you can buy a squiggly cord to replace the original...
they are coming out with the AKG 171 MKIIs, it comes with a pair of back-up veleour pads, and squiggly cord included! but they are way more expensive, and the word is it don't sound significantly better.
in closing yes i am an AKG fanboy fuck it Made in Austria!
5, 3, 6 or 100 platenspelers, fuck it!