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the comment section seems to be covered in honestly, and I mean no offense to anyone in them, very petty arguments that have little basis on fact other than citing anecdotal experiences and that these are a lot like the 400 I or 400 S, which would make sense these being 4XX. Can we start talking about how durable these are? How well these hold up in comparison to say the 400 I and 400S? Especially considering that price points are so similar now? I placed an order then find both regular models the same price or 5$ more on amazon.
The construction of these headphones is good. The screws that hold the main bracket come loose once in a while, But you can easily tighten it with your fingers. The cans themselves are made of metal that has a matte finish on it. I personally don't like the gloss plastic on the regular ones. I have been using them quite heavily for a 4-5 months now (carrying it in my backpack daily) and the headphones are still in excellent shape. The cable is atrocious for a headphone of this price. I had to buy a replacement cable in about 2 months as the original cable stopped working for the right side. The headband is comfy and the clamping force is adequate. Overall, I'd say these are a great pair of headphones and go for it if you want the planar magnetic experience for cheap.
Hey, thanks for taking the time out to answer this is as thoroughly as you did. I ponied up and placed the order and just based on the you round in a backpack and them still being in half decent shape makes me feel a little better after reading some of those comments down below. Thanks again.
IMHO I disagree about the cable. I think that so far the cable that comes with these is just about perfect. 90 degree 3.5mm jack at one end, and the cable itself is thick and surface slick enough that it doesn’t tangle. Given the price especially, I think that the cable choice by Massdrop was particularly well done. I would remove the cable before tossing it into a backpack every day, however. But that goes for many headphones not designed exclusively for portable use like this one.
I would love to have the cable in a better quality, but it just wasn't for me. Your experience probably differs. I remove the cable when I put the headphones in the backpack. The cable didn't go bad at the audio jacks. It broke internally at the splitter.