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what's with the obsession with detachable cables? Headphones worked just fine years before all that shit came on the market. I'm not completely against them, but not something that would determine me picking up or skipping on a pair of cans.
Attached cables are the number one source for a headphone failure. They're prone to kinks, bent connectors, solder breakage at the driver, unacceptable cable textures/thickness/thinness, being too long or too short, and are inconvenient for travel.
What it really comes down to though, is the consideration of the manufacturer, it's relatively easy to have a detachable option. Why then would you alienate a customer base by not providing it?
Since we have nothing better to do with our time, why not?
I remember reading through some thread about swapping cables on a Sennheiser HD-650. At one point someone had posted that in talks with Sennheiser they were told that it was not recommended to swap in a different set of cables as it would effect the tuning of the headphone. Yes, I do understand that is exactly the reason why some might choose to swap cables, and I have too in some instances. But I do believe there is some value in listening to headphones in their original tuning, as there was a considerable amount of time and effort invested to make headphones sound the way they do. I think the current culture of swapping cables can have a detrimental effect in the sense that manufacturers might not invest as much time in tuning as they are know aware that the consumer is going to take some measures to modify the final product no matter their (the manufacturers) tuning efforts.
"Tuning of the cable." Give me a break. It's been proven time and time again that cables at intermediate and above quality have no sonic difference. Show me a frequency response chart with perceivable differences based on cable.
that is silly. I don't need a frequency graph to tell me that I am hearing a difference, which in some cases is very much night and day.
The other problem I have with detachable cables is you're introducing an adapter into the chain.
Sorry that I don't subscribe to a claim that is unsupported by scientific evidence. If the listening experience is more pleasurable for you because you think there are sonic differences in cable swaps and attached cable headphones are more "true to the intended sound." Then go for it, but it doesn't make it true.
If you can offer something more evidence based than "trust me, I have the greatest ears", I'm open to having my mind changed.
I'm not the only person out there saying swapping cables makes a difference in sound, just the same as you aren't the only saying they don't.