I too was initially turned off by the cable from the pictures, but honestly it is more subtle in person. I don't think it's anything to be worried about and it shouldn't sway you away from trying them out. I will also say that in terms of build, texture and flexibility, it is by far the best cable for an IEM I've experienced. It is not prone to kinks or tangles, it's sturdy and thick, but not overly so, and it feels nice to the touch. Compared to my recently acquired RE-400, it is much desired when I'm using them. The RE-400 cable seems a bit fragile in comparison. The BE cable is actually a bit less prone to tangling than the MKII cable - while they have the same soft texture they are slightly different in thickness I believe.