LMAO...it was a little sad, I will admit. I was going to keep my personal woes to myself, but since you're all strangers and friends at the same time...
I got everything back from Headphonelounge, opened the package with much glee, and set about wrapping tape around the drivers to make them sit in the cups.
Like a dingus I let them move about too much while I did it and the cables came away from one of the drivers. I believe the term the kids are using to describe this sort of thing is "epic fail".
Chris and his team have most generously offered to re-do the job. This time they will seat the drivers for me too, thus avoiding another episode of existential angst for me.
I give you one free hug. Sorry you're having so many problems, you seem like a rad dude.
Something I was thinking about and wanted to post: There was a while back that somebody who owned the v4 magnums decided to ditch it for the HE-400. I had the v5 magnum and the HE-400 and the HE-5LE all side by side and I suppose I can see somebody preferring the presentation of the Hifiman headphones but....the difference in detail and clarity between the Magnum V5 and the Hifiman headphones was just too much to ignore. If on a scale of 1 to 10 for detail the Magnum V5 is a 10, then the HE-400 is a 6.0 and the HE-5LE is a 7.5. The HE-5LE was a noticeable upgrade in the clarity department from the HE-400 but the Magnum trumps them both hands down here. I'd like to throw this out there for people who are wondering where the Symphones Magnum stands in comparison to other headphones.
The only headphone I have heard with as much or perhaps better detail than the Magnum V5 is the HD800.
The important question to ask yourself is do you need a 10 in the detail department? That sounds great, on paper.. but when it comes down to it, many, many recordings can't stand up to that level of ruthless exposure.
I know when I had the Stax Lamdba's they certainly seemed overly detailed and it made the music sound fake. Just, something to keep in mind.
I'm listening to pink drivers right now and they are totally rocking my world. Definitely the flatest grado I have heard, which.. I mean, usually people looking for grado aren't looking for flat. I think most people would be very underwhelmed by these drivers. I think they are magical.