I'm really not crazy about the stock cables. Putting them in is awkward sometimes, requiring me to turn the whole thing (is this normal?) and the cable itself is rather stiff and rigid, I constantly have to lift it up and turn it manually so it's not fighting me.
Is there another cable that somebody might recommend? I'm not a big believer in cable-fi, but if there is something that will actually change the sound much, I don't want it. I also don't want to drop 1/4 of the cost of the headphones themselves into a new cable.
Just wondering if there's a go-to third party cable or something along those lines. Just plug and play, by the way. I yearn for modded headphones from time to time, but my hands are only good for few things, and tinkering with electronics is not one of them.
You might ask Hifiman's customer service for a HE-4 cable. I don't know if they will sell them separately though...
Among the 3 types of cable I have (500s, 400s and 4s), these are the most flexible and the best finition.
- The 500s are stiff and noisy (I can hear them in the cups when they move)
- The 400s are heavy but OK overall
- The 4s are flexible, with nylon sleeving.
I dunno why they didn't keep that cable for the HE-400? Is it of lesser quality?
As for attaching them to the cans, for the 3 cables I just twist them counter-clockwise (2-3 turns) and screw the whole thing to the connector. Very tight fitting and never had a problem.