Received my VC1000's 2 days ago.
Auditioned 4 or 5 sets of ear tips that came with them.
Was satisfied with the small Hot Pink tips.
Listened and burned them in for about 10 hours first day.
Listened for another couple hours second day.
On second day I attempted to try the small bright orange tips.
While attempting to install the first bright orange tip the black hard rubber strain relief separated from the red aluminum body and reveled the wires etcetera inside, but did not break the wires.
I should have taken a photo of the internal wires, but my immediate concern was to put it back together and test to listen if it still worked properly.
It sounded fine.
I have to decide if I want to send them back for either a repair or exchange which will probably take about a month and cost me a few dollars to send back to Singapore or if I want to remember to be extra careful while changing ear tips and hope neither strain relief separates again.
Through life experiences in the past I assume that even if I was sent a replacement pair of VC1000's, they would still be built the same way and have similar chances or likelihood of doing the same thing.
I might have got a rare lemon pair of VC1000, but from past experience, I feel fairly confident that a replacement pair of VC1000 would be of similar build quality.
I don't want to waist the time, effort and be without a pair of IEM's for a month or so and end up with a pair of VC1000 that have the same strain relief issue as first VC1000's and have no advantage over the first set of VC1000's.
I could carefully put a small ring of super glue around the inserted tip edge of each strain relief and insert them back into the red aluminum body on both.
This might make them a little more durable, but I'm afraid that I might get super glue where I don't want it.
Wherever that might be.
I suggest that any of you removing or installing ear tips in a pair of IEM's to take extra care in grasping only the body of the IEM's (the red aluminum body in the case of the VC1000's) and not any part of the strain relief.
Here is a question for anybody that has an opinion on this issue.
Should I send them back for a replacement or should I just be careful with this first pair and realize it is the nature of the beast or should I try the super glue surgery I mentioned above?
Or do you have another idea that might help?