my 3 year old Shure SE530s got the infamous cracks along the cable a few months ago and it's continued to get worse. It's gotten to the point where I have to repair them. I've contacted Shure but they're out of warranty. They're offering to replace them for me for a flat fee of $145USD. I've always been curious about getting custom molds made since I can never seem to get the fit quite right with the standard set of foams.
So I've read through the forum and have a few options:
1. Get an impression made from a local audiologist (HEARToronto) for $80. Send these along with the headphones to InEarZ in Florida. Was quoted $90USD + $20 for the cable + $10 shipping for complete remoldings. What's a typical lifespan for Shure SE530 drivers? Do I have to worry about them being 3 years old or is this still relatively young? Also, I almost exclusively use my Shures with my iPhone and have a Shure music phone adapter with built in mic and button for navigation. The standard Inearz cable is way too long to use this. Any advice for alternate cables that wouldn't cost a fortune shipping to Canada? The upside to this is I'd get custom moldings and a new detachable cable.
Total price: $220 CDN
2. Send the headphones back to Shure for $145USD + shipping. With the new headphones I could either keep using the standard foams or get a set of custom moldings made locally for $140 CDN (including impressions). Would get a new set of SE530s with an upgraded but non-detachable cable.
Total price: $165 CDN without custom molds
$305 CDN with custom molds
$300 is a ton of money, not sure if I want to spend that much. Any advice would be much appreciated.