Well, it is quite unfortunate what happened during shipping/packaging with the latest TH-X00's. It was my first venture into a completely new league of headphones and I'm really having a hard time finding a different pair of headphones for $400-$600 that I'd like to buy. If you found an alternative to buy before the next drop, post it below. If not, are you waiting it out for another TH-X00 drop as well? I'm sure they'll do another one once they figure this mess out.