I've been extremely happy with my E500's for the past three years that I've owned them. I bought them back in college when I had some good-paying part time jobs. However, it's the start of med school now and the cables just gave out completely--cracked in two places! So, I'm looking at my options. I'm currently pretty poor and will be for some time. I liked the E500's a lot, but the prospect of expensive future repairs scares me. My understanding is that Shure cables are always a gamble. They can last a few months, or they can last years.
Should I take the gamble? Or are there better options out there these days? I was once an avid Etymotic owner, crappy-bass-be-damned. I noticed that Amazon sells the ER-4S for $170, which sounds very reasonable to me. The rolled off highs of the Shures make them lack that sense of vibrancy and airiness that the Etys possess. However, I always liked the E500's because I listen to a diverse variety of music ranging from classical all the way to trance. I also like the ergonomics of the E500's--I had Triple.Fi's for a short period of time but hated the fit.
So... take a gamble and fix the E500's, get ER-4S, or... something else? I'd love any input you guys might have!