I've grown to realize that there are some people who don't like the 8-conductor Grado cable. A few years back, I thought the cable was the end-all, be-all, but not as much lately. I guess my feelings changed since I'm capable of making an solid intermediate cable that's upgrade over the basic 4-conductor Grado cable, yet have a bit more flexibility than the 8-conductor cable, as well as creating a custom length that is not too long, or too short.
But, having the original items - good cable, etc. is almost essential if you want to resell the headphones. Some people love customizations when done. Others, not as much and tend to prefer stock (virgins) so they can then adjust and apply mods as needed from their perspective.
Only problem with re-cabling is that the Grado drivers aren't really designed to be re-soldered too often and can be damaged by the inexperienced.
The 8 is a better sounding cable than the 4 conductor, but it is too heavy, especially with the 325is.
I think they figure with the higher models with the big cable are designed for home use in a big comfy chair...
Interestingly Joe Grado has been modifying his HP1000 headphones to create what's being called the HP1i/HP2i.
One "improvement" is to double up his Signature cable - not unlike the difference between the Grado Labs 8 & 4 conductor cables.
I think both current cables serve there purpose unless one wants a different length or finds the 8 conductor too big.
This is how I set up my old 60s: unbuttoned; L-Cush; vintage 325 leather headband; short Mogami w/ Rean 1/8 for portable; matching Mogami/Rean extention cable for home...
Edited by parbaked - 10/11/13 at 11:24am