I've seen this recommended as a DIY or as a service performed by some companies. What I haven't seen is the reason for having this done. It looks like it would cost around $50 if I have someone do it so I'm trying to see why you would do this to a IEM that cost less than $200. I have the Aurvana IE-3 and was wondering about the benefits of this mod.
Why Mod IEM's for removable cables?
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People like to be able to change out cables. If you're a believer in upgrade cables, you might want to buy a silver plated copper cable to use when you want a brighter sound, a peak in treble. Or you might want to use a cable with better copper in it, OR you just don't like the stock cable that is on them and would like it changed out. It would be a lot easier to add a IEM socket to a pair of IEMs than hard wire a new cable onto them.
Those are just a couple reasons why. Most people wouldn't do it to a sub $200 IEM though.