it seems pretty good. its always impossible to say how it will stand up to long term use as its largely down to what the sleve is made of. given the rest of the construction i cant see senn cheaping out on it though. btw are you wrapping IEM's round your DAP? 3 months is hella short even for something cheap. (strongly suggesting you may want to hit ebay and buy a nice little IEM case if you are that hard on them) actually often buying something pricey helps people learn to look after things better.
Thanks. That is sort of the way I have been thinking too. I think it is the price difference that concerned me - but then again the CX985 seem to be very good value and the IE80 not very good value. Some people are also saying they prefer the CX985 over the IE80 as well in terms of sonics. I do think that of all the IEMs Ihave seen over the years, the CX985 seems to have amongst the very best build quality and materials used in it's construction. Someone here said the CX985 were made of plastic - I don't really understand how they came to that conclusion.
well bits of it are plastic. the stem and such are, ie the non shiy bits so that does include most of the actual bud itself. given unless you stand on them there should be no stress on that bit i cant see it mattering, the build quality is still top class. as for value, senns can be variable in that in different markets they can cost very different ammounts. back in the day when the IE8 came out it was twice as expensive in the US as it was in the UK. that made it great value in the UK but for americans much less so.