The headphones were barely used since I purchased them. I bought them with the intention having something to mod. I ended up machining aluminum cups for the headphones. The original SR 80i sounded wonderful, but the cups were not very appealing being that they were thin plastic. I machined the cups out of solid aluminum, and then powdercoated the trim black. I also made the screen out of stainless steel, which was glass bead blasted to give it a nice matte finish. If you don't like the cups, you can easily replace it with the original plastic cups (which are included).