I used to have a pair of AKG K701's with a black dragon cable on them. I thought they sound excellent. Then one day out of curiosity, or rather I think a hair got stuck in the driver, I opened them up to look inside. I noticed that the drivers had two rather large mental poles sticking out of them as the solder points. And onto these two poles was soldered a really thin wire, then onto that wire was soldered the black dragon cable. I wondered, could the sound running through that little bit of thin wire degrade the sound quality?
So I unsoldered the cables, then soldered the black dragon cable directly to the metal pole contacts sticking out of the drivers, removing the little thing wire from the loop.
Now I do not know if this was just audiophile placebo or what, but I really thought that this made an noticeable improvement and that the signal running through that little piece of thing stock wire did actually inhibit the sound quality.
So I am thinking about getting K702's for the easier cable upgrading. But this past little bit of experience I had with the K701's and rewiring them makes me wonder if I should get the K702's, because I wonder, on the k702 does the plug that the detachable cable plugs into, and the stock wiring internal to the k702, do those things degrade sound quality? Has anyone expirimented with this? Wouldn't soldering an upgraded cable directly to the drivers contacts result in superior quality than running the signal through an upgraded cable, then through a plug, then through the stock internal wiring of the k702?