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Why does this not have a detachable cable? Seriously this really grinds my gears. I would have probably bought this if it had it along with other massdrop X manufacturer products. In the future can you PLEASE bring this up to the companies that wish to work with you.
Believe me friend, we bring it up in every conversation, we aggressively push for it on all our Custom headphones, but manufacturers don't want to do it because of this:
Changing a product to have removable cables means structural changes, and almost always requires creating new tooling. Tooling is the metal mold used when injection molding plastic or metal. Creating tooling is very hard because it requires dozens of man hours on design, dozens of man hours machining, and hundreds of man hours "finishing" the tooling. Here's a decent video about how tooling is made: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=seZqq1qxW30
For some additional clarification, while this video doesn't show it, most tooling is finished by hand. Individuals have to polish the tooling with progressively finer friction agents to achieve a smooth finish on the injection molded part. If any mistakes are made in the finishing process, they have to toss the tooling and start again.
All this work is expensive (tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of dollars depending on the size and complexity of the tooling), so manufacturers don't want to make that kind of investment unless they can use the tooling to produce the maximum number of units it is capable of producing (hundreds of thousands to millions of units depending on the tooling).
Eventually we'll get to the point where we're in a position to sell hundreds of thousands of units in a drop, at which point we'll be able to dictate most anything we want as far as tooling goes, but until then there are some changes we won't be able to make.
Additionally, some manufacturers make a strategic decision to only offer removable cables on higher priced products. Personally I think this is pretty silly, but I don't make the rules.
Thanks for your interest in this drop, as well as our other Custom Products, hopefully this helps shed some light on the cable situation!
Would it be possible to do an inline disconnect on some of your future models?
I know some people are worried about the wire's connection into the body wearing out, which this would not fix, but this would allow modularity of cables without retooling. The cable on the Fostex model is WAY too long for my use (sitting at a PC). I have it wrapped up in a big coil that just plops down like a big anchor on my desk.