Clearly you dont realize what is causing the microphonics, or possibly what microphonics is … the plastic (PET) stuff you have there is renowned for its microphonics precisely because its plastic. its physically coupled to the cable and connectors and vibrates when it rubs against clothing, or itself and this vibration is transmitted up the cable to the headphone cups. this vibration produces a sound, thats what microphonics is, its not electrical.
the fact its solid fairly coarse plastic 'mesh' makes it much worse than the comparatively fine and soft synthetic cloth-like multifilament. the effect is worse for closed headphones and OTT with IEMs, not as bad but still quite noticeable with open back headphones.
regarding desoldering, I guess it depends on your viewpoint/skillset/tools, that would take me a matter of seconds and allows proper sized sleeving to be used. the whole operation for me would be far quicker than pushing it over the connectors and cutting the plastic.
It also wouldnt require the use of so much external heatshrink, which is not to my taste, particularly when its not really necessary. multifilament large enough to go over the mini or 2 of the HE connectors is going to be far larger than needed for the cable. its much better sleeving but does not stretch anywhere near as much.
the 1/8" he has will go over the cable with some encouragement, but not a chance it will go over the connectors, we are advising him remember …
Edited by qusp - 8/1/12 at 3:16am