I don't think it is bad. That said, my opinion is that it is not a premium cable that some might expect for headphones this expensive. It has a woven cloth based shell. For my purposes, which is desktop listening I should not have any issues with it as opposed to a mobile scenario where It might be a bit stiff. I am using them over a Grace Design m920 monitoring system, which is a DAC, headphone amp, and a preamp. Source is my computer. It seems to hold its form and not kink or knot up but it does get somewhat twisty, if you know what I mean. There is some Incidental cable noise from bumping or rubbing the cable but it seems to be limited in the cable nearer to the ear cups, it seems minimal as opposed to some of the cables I have used in the past; which might be a trade off from the choice of the twisty material used that others have complained about. You can hear a little noise when tapping or rubbing cable closer to the ear cup. But for me it is really not a distraction when in use. The pigtail is a nice add on and provides for all three types of connections so that removes that limitation. I really like these headphones... so I could see myself upgrading the cables at some point in the future.