Expensive cables in the audio community normally means some ridiculously overpriced cable that’s made with all sorts of fancy materials and is supposed to improve audio quality. Sony has redefined this term with a unbelievable story from my home country of Norway.
A forum member on a Norwegian forum I’m a member of asked if there was a way to get a replacement cable for his Sony NWZ-A828 MP3 player. I replied to him that this wasn’t available off Sonystyle in Norway, so he’d have to contact Sony to get a replacement cable. The answer he got from them was to buy the cable directly from Sony’s part provider in Norway. Price? 605 NOK with taxes and shipping, which at the moment is just about 105 USD. I’ve discussed proprietary cables before, but this is one downside of proprietary cables you can’t really defend. Moral of the story? If you live in a small country, don’t ever lose the USB cable.