I think what's important to keep in mind when comparing the Japanese version of the EX1000 to the International release was that the JDM model debuted with a recommended retail price of 70,000 Yen (roughly $700 USD), and the American price for their release was $499 US. So whilst the Japanese release is technically better as it came with two sets of higher cooper grade cables. The International version was priced $200 cheaper when they first came out.
Furthermore you should be able to order in a Japnese EX1000 cable (RK-EX1000LP/SP) for about $50 plus postage from the handful of Japanese retailers that ship internationally. So with only the case of the EX1000 in mind I believe that the international release represents better value from money.
Originally Posted by jant71
Don't know where the thread is headed, lol. Do we know if the cables are the same this time for the H2 and H3? Doubt they are different this time. I suspect what they will do here in North America is not include both cables which saves them money. They might just sell regular and IP versions separately.
So, two cables vs. one outside of Asia but I do think they will be the same. Hopefully :)
I suspect that the copper used in the cables between the models is the same, with the differences between the XBA-H2 and H3 being the wearing configuration, straight down versus an ear hanger style. Although not 100% confirmed, but very likely a head-fier pointed out that the cable connectors on the H2/H3 use MMCX connectors, which suggests that not only will you be able to swap the cables between the H2 and the H3, but also be able to use cables from Shure and Westone.
Also both the H2 and the H3 should include 2 cables each, one with smart phone controls and a mic, whilst the other cable is a standard IEM cable.