Well those are your opinions you are free to them. While I have not owned the 846, I have owned the se535 bronze and the se535-ltd-j on a point of view as far as build quality they are both the same so personally I can speak for my own personal experiences with the mmcx connector. Of which I had issues on both factory and upgrade cables on. Both the ltd and bronze edition.
Im not comparing one connector to another in my statement. But more so saying that it sucks that people with the w4r cant directly swap out their upgrade cable to the new w40 so in that respect it sucks that you need to either upgrade the pins or upgrade to a mmcx cable that will work.
And I dont particularly follow logitech as "ultimate ears" in my opinion they went down hill when UE sold out thats just my opinion.
But reading up on the 900 and seeing segments of people complaining about build quality and cable Issues thats all I have to go off of. Although its not a all be all answer its a good indication of a product. And there are complaints from the mmxc from buyers.
But we are getting off track here. Im not here to fight or sway a opinion based on any connectors.
I prefer the pins others prefer the mmxc its fair to say to each their own. I wish I had better experiences with that sort of connection but its not the case. But im not here to imply or sway a opinion about the connectors.
But you have to admit if you have a pinned upgrade cable that cost 400.00 for the w4 and now if you want to upgrade the iem you now need to upgrade the xable along with it. Thats more of wjat im talking about.
On the switching of connectors by Westone we completely agree. It is worse than when Apple changed the connectors from the 30 pin to their proprietary lightning connector and forced me among many others to buy the adapter. With Westone now you have to send your cables to be reterminated. Candidly, one of the reasons is purchased the SE846 was with the same connector and nozzle size as all other Shure IEMs I simply switched my aftermarket cables and eartips I already had to he 846.
I also agree that UE is not the same company since Jerry Harvey left after the acquisition by Logitech. The innovations are coming from JH Audio not Logitech UE anymore.
I also think Westone is crazy to introduce a whole new lineup with from what I heard only cosmetic changes but no change in the sonic signature. Why anyone would buy the W40 at $500 when the 4r is on sale for $300 is beyond me.