Ok just one last dumb question, and I think I will make an order with homegrown audio. How necessary is the sleeving on the bottom part of the cable? Is it just for protection? My thinking is I don't really want the added bulk...I don't think I'll make the cable removable, I think I'll just solder it in and and use the heat shrink tubes as strain relief.
I've been listening to the modded SR-60s using some of the songs I use as my standard to test headphones, Social Distortion's "Down On the World Again," "When the Angels Sing," and AFI's, "Carcinogen Crush," and I am hearing little details in the treble, I have not heard on my recabled Triple Fi 10. This is completely insane for me as I know these songs very well, and I find the Triple Fi 10's to be very revealing in the treble! I'm not the most experienced guy around, but I've owned/listened to my fair share of phones, and this blows me away.
I can't wait to finish my project SR-60 with a recable, and be even further in audio nirvana!
Cable makers doll their wire up, and it's typical to bulk up the cable to give the impression that the buyer is getting serious conductivity. In truth, all it takes is wire and some basic insulation. You could even run bare wire and give it multiple coats of polyurethane. There are all kinds of strategies employed to improve conductivity, including running multiple tiny wires twisted in rotation to provide more wire while minimizing the "skin effect," but so much of this is hoo hah. Impedance is the big issue. Cheap, tiny, flimsy wire will raise your impedance and effect the sound negatively, but once you increase the wire content, you could run lamp cord for all it matters.
I took $10 worth of speaker cable (18 awg) and hooked it up to a pair of Grados and the bass was better. I then hooked up 16 awg but didn't notice an improvement. Running a pair of 24awg wires would have the same effect as a single 18 awg wire (That's where Grado gets its eight-conductor cable: 2 wires for each of four lines).
Long story short, you don't need thick, heavy cabling to get the job done. There's a critical mass but once you hit it, you're good. A lot of the sleeving wars are about marketability. Oh, one more thing. Gold is non-corrosive, which is why it's plated onto connectors all the time. But the conductivity of gold is significantly less than that of copper. So there's no "sound" reason to spend money on gold-plated connectors.