Originally Posted by wje
Yes, you are correct. The cable I built has black nylon sleeving over the cable and in many ways, resembles the cable that comes with the HE-4 headphones.
Originally Posted by MattTCG
If you guys were to get a good look at the he-4 cable, you'd be pretty disappointed that HFM is able to produce such a nice cable yet still continues to include such a poor one with the he400. I realize that there are margins to be met and all that but it's a shame to send out a crappy one regardless of the situation. The he-4 cable is wonderful.
Yeah, I don't understand why they didn't just stick with that cable, it looks and probably feels much nicer. The current stock HE-400 cable is basically Canare Star Quad Microphone cable with molded connectors, which I suspect is more 'cost effective' for HiFiMan. I recently attempted to mimic the HE-4 cable myself and got decent results, I'm going to try again soon once I figure out what to do for the Y-junction, and I'm picking up some tubing to use post Y-junction for the next one. http://imgur.com/a/cceYq Since then, I added some strain reliefs using clicky pen springs http://i.imgur.com/LhBHCbZ.jpg and also redid the Y-junction with another layer of heatshrink to look more uniform...this is primarily what I use now at my desk.
Wayne - I've found using Mogami Neglex W2799 + de-cored 550 paracord works perfectly, that's what I used in the pictures above. Post Y-junction I used the smaller Type 1 Vest cord like I've been using in my braided cables. Good stuff