Glad you found it useful
Shame you couldn't salvage the strain relief parts.
Surprised you find that much of a difference in the cable. I can't see the inside of yours but there are other factors, most importantly changing the volume of air contained within each unit. So, if you had too much cable inside the housing then you would reduce the volume of air, which would then impact on bass response. Also, looking at the last image, I think you may have...