I've read here that a lot of more expensive IEMs have worse build quality than cheaper IEMs. I got my first taste of that with the TDK IE800s, which are built far worse than my Sony MH1Cs even though they cost 5 times more.
I understand that you're supposed to take care of nice IEMs, but even so, a well taken care of well made IEM last longer than a well taken care of poorly made IEM. Plus, when I spend that kind of money, I expect a quality product through and through so that the feel not just the sound justifies the money spent. When you hold, for example, a Leica camera you feel quality, when you close the door of a nice car, the sound and feel says quality, etc.
So why is it that high end IEM manufacturers don't concern themselves much about build quality? The flip side is why do we as consumers tolerate 20 dollar IEM build quality on our 150 dollar plus IEMs? I would think that most of us would be willing to pay a little extra (the MH1Cs are only $30 total) for improved build quality that increases the period of time we can enjoy our great sound quality.
Edited by Stuff Jones - 12/26/12 at 8:22am