and can i safely assume the 535 wouldnt have the cable problems anymore, so if i liked the 530s, i should go ahead and buy the 535s or the SM3 and not give a look as westone right?
since many head-fiers says that sm3 is like um3x on steroids + bigger sound stage.
thanks for your input people.
Obviously I haven't had the 535s long, but the cable is very different to the 530: it looks pretty tough to me and I'd be surprised if it suffered the same kind of rotting that afflicted the E500 (my SE530 was a warrantee replacement and its cable seemed OK - still much less robust looking than the 535, though).
It's also detachable, so it could be replaced independently of the phone.