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Does the y cable detach from the ear cups?
Because Fostex can't do it, and because there needs to be demand for the TH-650s or whatever they're called. People would be willing to pay an extra $150 just for the detacheable cables. Probably. The Teaks have an MSRP of $600 so I guess that's what they're really worth, not $1000.
Can someone please ELI5 the appeal of detachable headphone cables to me? I own some headphones with that feature, but I pretty much never detach them, partly because I have no need to, and partly because I have no idea how many connect/disconnect cycles they're rated for and I don't want to wear them out and have the connection become loose or static-y over time.
When I listen to high-end cans, I'm just sitting still at my desk, so my preference is a super reliable, electrically solid solder joint any day.
Anyway...to each their own, and I'm not trying to be snarky or trollish...I'm just curious why detachable cables are such a big deal to some folks.
If you accidentally roll over the cable with your chair, have pets that will chew it, whatever, some people don't like that really expensive headphones can be ruined due to a somewhat flimsy cable.
Also not everyone likes the standard jack. If you have an amp that allows for balanced output, you're going to want to use that.
Ahh, thanks...hadn't thought about the balanced output angle, that's a good reason.
I tend to be super careful/paranoid about my expensive stuff, so I'm not that worried about the more common damage / accident angle. Worst case, if something did happen to the cable, you could almost certainly get the headphones repaired by a tech or someone from the modding community. If these cans are as good as the reviews say, I certainly wouldn't let the cable keep me from buying them.
If they break they're easy to replace, and you can get any length of cable, these are 10 feet long, try walking around in public like that (I mean, you'd probably get mugged eventually cause you're walking around with $450 headphones, but.)
Haha, exactly...There is no way I'd take headphones this nice out in pubic. I slum it with cheap portables when I'm not at home. There are plenty of inexpensive portable options that sound good enough to me that the convenience and "oh well" factor if they get crushed is worth it. I wouldn't even take something as nice as Fostex to work since someone else in my office got $300 cans ripped off the other day.
I seem to be the only person who actually likes the ridiculously long cable on the Fostex, too...I like being able to route it along the least annoying path on my desk when I'm gaming, for example. My other headphones with short cords always end up hanging somewhere awkward and get in the way of my mouse cord, etc.
Anyway...I of course wouldn't mind if the TH-X00 had a robust, well-implemented detachable cable system, but re-engineering that stuff for production costs money and it is not important enough to me that I'd be willing to pay an even higher end price for these cans or compromise on another aspect to keep the price the same. That's just economic reality.
Who knows, though, with the crazy sales volume that the TH-X00 is doing on all these drops, Fostex might decide it's worth their while on a future revision.
I like the long cable too, after they come about with the 2nd generation Steam controller (if they ever do) I could use it in my living room.