I still have my silver t1 cable from 3-4 years ago made by ted. other than about 4 inches of it turning brown in the middle around the Y connect, it still functions like it was brand new. Other silver cables from other guys I've bought from only lasted 6 months before intermittent cutting-out of music. I don't need to order new cables but since I just bought the fiio x7 v2 I thought why not give balanced cables a shot? The v1 cables are already great, I don't think v2 can actually beat it but we'll see in a few weeks ....And once that's done, I have this urge to upgrade from my old jh16 pros to the kaiser encore to go with the cables. This cycle never ends. edit: well just got the new balanced cables. I'm amazed, love the extra details and how beautiful it looks. Also extends the treble, I didn't think there would really be any improvement. It could just be that I went balanced and not the actual cable doing anything, you never know.