No need to apologise! There was no offense taken I definitely also take those things into account when evaluating the design of a product also. I just don't know yet if they are actually as fragile as they look. The HF5 also look really fragile and their strain reliefs look really suspect, but have held up to all kinds of wear and tear. So for all intents and purposes they have been actually quite durable despite seemingly being really frail. That is why I mentioned them in comparison to the Kaede and its build quality. The 100pro is one of the few IEMs I have seen where nothing about it looks fragile or suspect. The cable on the HF5 is just as microphonic as that of the ER4PT that I use sometimes but I just wear them over the ears.
The Kaede's cable is not really all that microphonic to me and much, much better than either of the Ety phones in this regard. But I do definitely agree that Ocharaku took a sound first approach while also wanting to keep a handmade/unique look. This might have been the impetus for the decision about the cables. The cabinet is undoubtedly a sound first design as it awkward looking and although comfortable for my ears, could easily cause many ears problems. And to all your points, I will absolutely not be going to the gyms with these haha
I thought that the cable swivels in an awkward manner, i thought that this could be a potential week spot.
Currenly i would be much more inclined to buy an Ocharaku than a used CK100pro.
On your previous post: I used to own a pair of RE-262 which i bought without prior audition (soly relying on reviews). When i received them, i was initially disappointed. This feeling never subsided in 2 years of almost daily use. Therefore i have become quite wary of IEMs which i do not appreciate from the get go.
Yeah, i also remember Reading something about that.
Well, that isn't overly convenient if one doesn't live in S'pore...all this hastle just to be more special.