Lovely argument that, when cables can cost half a new pair of high end iems, the connectors are themselves points of failure (I should know, the socket on my ER-4P came off with the plug...), and the IEMs themselves can fail for any number of reasons (I should know, the etys broke 4 times on me, none of them cable-related failure and once caused by the removable cable design (again, the socket coming off...)
Do you have an IEM who's socket broke or failed that wasn't an Etymotic? How old were these Etymotics? You name Etymotic specifically, the post would have a lot more authority behind it if it wasn't just targeting Etymotic (the problem might lie in that company (and yourself maybe), although I haven't heard too many problems with them).
Edited by tinyman392 - 9/4/12 at 2:55am