I'm definitely not speaking for Dan here, but I think the current cable is made with the idea that the Alpha Dog will be used in homes and studios rather than for portable use. A portable style cable while desirable for some is probably an expensive option for relatively small batch production. How many shorter and lighter portable cables will be preferred over longer and heavier cable? I'll pick heavy and long over short for home use. As for the connector, it is easy to attach and detach. Can be purchased for less than $20 and a hassle if you have to import them outside of the US. But, no conspiracy. An industry standard would be nice but not going to happen.
This was exactly what I feared with the Alpha Dogs. Obscure connector, garden hose cabling and the only options being expensive cabling from others. Perhaps I'd call myself a conspiracy theorist but it's almost as if this was a gesture from MrSpeakers to DIY cable makers and frankly a gesture I don't appreciate for portable use on a $600 headphone. I'll guess I'll have to see if I can make my own cable.