I'm not crazy about the fabric-wrapped cable either, but it has so far held up well for me, and I've used the Aviator a lot. As for overall durability, my main Aviator (I have two of them) is not treated gently--at all--and it has held up very well so far. I think its biggest con is the low level of isolation for a closed headphone. As for price, I think it's competitive with any other headphone I have tried at that price, in terms of just its sound. You're right in that it's not for bass heads--some might consider it a bit light way down low, but what it has down there is good, and well resolved. Again, I think it's a very good value for the money if (a) you're not into bass emphasis, and (b) you're okay with the rather low level of noise isolation. Thanks for the review.