Hi Exalted Wombat,
"No question about curing the crackling and cutting out. But you're kidding yourself if you think thicker wire makes them sound any better than they were with the original cable, before it got damaged."
I can assure you that my cans are operating far more efficiently than they were before. The sound is ten times better. I kid you not. It's a know fact bigger the conductor bigger the signal.The only cable to buck this trend is fibre optic but then thats different technology..........
TEN times? Now you're being REALLY silly :-)
Honestly, taking an ohm or two out of the cable resistence may (depending on the impedence of the actusl headphones) give a slight increase in volume. Turn the knob up a twitch and you're back where you started.
But if you want to believe in magic cables, and have deep pockets, I know a nice man called Russ... :-)