Anyone know if the Hifiman headphone connectors are standard, perhaps a type "N" BNC or something like that?
They're an SMC connector. Dreadful things. At least for use as headphone connectors.
You can get 'em from Peter at Double Helix Cables.
Thanks! So I'm having a custom cable made. Have you seen what's inside the housing? Is there any mediocre wire that could be easily replaced? I won't try to bypass the connectors with my custom cable-- I'll still use them, but I might try to upgrade the internal wiring.
Anyway, thanks for the link to the website. Looks like his SMC connectors may be an upgrade. It's curious that Hifiman actually supplied a pair of them with my HE-500, almost like they were expecting me to need them to make a custom cable.
I haven't listened much to the stock cable, but I can say one thing: the microphonics are terrible. All these grinding noises every time I shift.
The custom cable I have for my Audeze LCD-2 is covered in a Kevlar weave, which turns out to be quite non-microphonic.
Yeah, I always thought it was nice that HiFiMAN included an extra pair of connectors with their headphones. Now if only they'd have chosen a better connector.
By the way, the ones Peter sells are a bit better than the ones HiFiMAN supplies in that the nut is a bit longer so you can get a bit better grip on it with your fingers when attaching it to the headphones.