Originally Posted by Dragunov-21
Mmm... Tell me more about crosstalk issues between a signal and ground core of the same channel.
Pretty sure that the thinner is better because it should reduce capacitance (which would attenuate high frequencies, iirc), however marginally.
In an ulitmate use scenario, I'm quite sure the method developed by Sennheiser is quite adequate. However, we all know that everybody doesn't use their headphones in the same "ultimate use" as we live in various regions of the world. There are many factors that could create an issue for one buyer on another continent as opposed to what I may or may not experience with mine. I still believe that in Sennheiser's case with the HD-428, they really used the micro cable with the insulating shellack on the wires to save on costs. To me, it would have been easy to just use some 26 gauge wire, which would have been much more suitable and more resistant to issues in my opinion. It does seem the HD-428 headphone return rate is quite high. The market has been flooded with HD-428 manufacturer refurbished units. They come packaged in a plastic bag, with a Sennheiser cardboard top, so the headphones can be hung on a pegboard rack in a store.
Then again, with Sennheiser's strict MSRP guidelines, are they just packaging new HD-428 headphones as "refurbished" so they can reach more buyers in the market with such a designation and it would not violate their MSRP restriction of $79.99 for the retail version of the headphone? Hmm ...