would it be a good idea to replace the stock headphones entirely with some 22-gauge speaker wire and bypass this enamel crap entirely?
i bought some cheap radio shack 22awg speaker wire; it seems like the stock M50 cables are at least 24gauge, so it should be an improvement, no?
I'd avoid replacing the factory wires if possible. Having to add new wire turned this job from less than an hour into half a day (I only recently learned to solder effectively.).
I did not notice a sonic difference between the factory wire and the heavier wire that I used to replace it.