HiFiMAN tried to justify their price to me telling me that because the plastic was stripped somehow the drivers may have been damaged and they will need to replace the entire headphone.
The drivers are working fine, mind you. There's no cable going through the headband..that's why there's a Y connection..sigh.
I contacted Jay's Headphone Repair and this idiot contacted HIFIMAN about it. I wanted YOU to fix it, not HIFIMAN..that's why I contacted YOU not HIFIMAN (Actually I did contact HIFIMAN). They told him "they should contact us as only we can fix it."
Anyway..highly disappointing. I see no other option than to pay this ridiculous price and have my entire headphone replaced because stripped plastic is a doombringer for $700 headphones.