Thanks for that. That makes sense with regards to connectors, I didn't event think of the obvious there :). I like the idea of more flexible cables as well. I'm going to enjoy the 846's with the stock cables for the time being as they are head and shoulders above my old Phonak Audeo PFE 232's.
What is the idea behind balanced cables; are they supposed to change the sound signature more than normal cables? It's interesting to find all these different ways of improving sound, it's the first time I've properly looked into it.
I still haven't figured it out, and I've been on this site for quite some time. I used the balanced XLR connector for my LCD3 on the Centrance HiFi-M8 but I found the single-ended output of the WA7 to be far better for both IEMs and the LCD3. I thought balanced was about power and a sense of space, but it doesn't seem that way. I've seen more and more reviews argue that balanced isn't necessarily better than single-ended recently. However, my experience might have been unique because the WA7 is a tube desktop amp vs. the M8 being a portable solid state amp. The WA7 might have just been a much better Dac/Amp.
It certainly is a more expensive way to go.