About Drew from Moon Audio
Drew Baird, P.E. is the owner and President of Moon Audio and our Chief Engineer as well. He creates, designs, implements and well, just about modifies everything around here. He is a P.E. and spent the first 18 years of his career in private engineering before he transitioned to Moon Audio full time about 4 1/2 years ago. He has an absolute passion for audio and is "NUTS" about music and optimum sound. Anything less simply won't do.
The Creation of Drew and Moon Audio's FAMOUS Silver Dragon V3 Headphone Cable
Drew Baird, P.E. of Moon Audio began creating and researching the Silver Dragon V3 Headphone Cable over 10 years ago. Drew had begun this research due to comparing many other high end audio cables and learning what made a difference in materials, flexibility, sound quality, pricing, etc. Drew learned a lot in the early years from doing a lot of retermination work on everyone else’s audio cables per customer requests. Moon Audio had a lot of customers that would buy used cables or need a different length or setup for a new component and instead of purchasing a new cable or set of cables, they would want Drew to reterminate their existing ones and in many cases cut them up and reterminate them into multiple different cables.
Over this time, Drew truly learned the differences in geometry, materials, and what each cable actually had inside its casing. Drew learned that many of the $1000 cables and above had inferior materials in them and a lot of times these same cables were even inferior to cables half their price. Through all of this research, Drew learned that he truly could source a silver headphone cable with enough purity and shielding to make it sound great or in our opinion, AWESOME, as well as make a line of cables that are affordable for the average audiophile. In fact, his mission for Moon Audio then became, “if we can build it, we will” and this is the Mantra that Drew runs Moon Audio with today!
Drew created the 1st silver dragon headphone cable with his own geometry structure and high quality materials of 99.99% solid core silver conductors. The 3rd version or the Silver Dragon V3 headphone cable is a silver based stranded conductor cable and it uses 4 x 99.99998% UP-OCC Stranded Silver 24AWG Teflon insulated stranded conductors. The previous version or version 2 used 4 x 99.998% Ultra Pure Silver 24AWG Teflon insulated stranded conductors. Thus, we have stepped up the purity to the purist available by today's technology.
Moon has improved the conductors properties over the previous Version 2 cable as these conductors are free from impurities and have virtually no crystal boundaries. The conductors for the Silver Dragon V3 Headphone cable have almost no distortion compared to ordinary silver conductors.
Each conductor is made up of a special varying sized stranded geometry. The silver strandings are mixed with Kevlar strandings to reinforce the conductor making it stronger overall and less prone to flex failure due to the harsh constant flexing that headphone cables experience.
Each conductor is encapsulated in a Teflon casing. The conductors are then surrounded by cotton and a thin layer of Aluminum Foil. It is then protected by a 100% coverage silver plated copper secondary shield and placed in a polyethylene jacket for further protection.
To improve it's flexibility, Moon Audio is no longer using a Techflex jacket as we did with our previous versions. The Silver Dragon V3 headphone cable can be used in either a single ended or balanced design. The wire is soldered to connectors using high quality Cardas silver solder.
A variety of connection options are available for your downstream connection such as the mini plug, RCA, XLR and a whole host of others. Moon Audio custom builds these in house by hand each day to your connection specifications. Custom made high end audio cables are our “specialty and truly your desire is our command – if its possible, we will build it J”.
Here is some of our FEEDBACK about Drew and his EXPERTISE...from the mouth of our favorite audiophiles...our customers and clients alike.
Overall Great Experience Review by JackieH
Drew was phenomenal to work with-gave me options I would never have thought of to be able to use this 1 cable in 2 applications Balanced & Unbalanced with the use of an adapter cable he made for me--Cable and Connectors are of the highest quality and they have definitely woken up and improved my LCD 2's where I did not believe there was much room for improvement. You could easily spend twice as much for an upgrade cable from someone else but you could not in my hearing get a better sounding cable at any price!!Do your self a favor if you are looking to improve on the basic sound of your Headphones and let Drew make you up the correct type cable for your specific headphone. Jack Hanoka (Posted on 5/7/12)
Great enhancement to a great headphone Review by Mojofoto
After reading several reviews of the Silver Dragon cable, I decided that my HD 650s needed something to add some sparkle. These cables added so much that the phones seem like a much more refined phone than with the original cable. More precise, better definition and cleaner mids in addition to better lows. These cables are a must have for any HD 650 owner. (Posted on 3/15/12)
Wish I had used this years ago - make good headphones sound even better. Review by BackBayChef
I have a pair of Sennheiser HD800's, and they sound great with the stock cable, but looking for better sound I have moved to using a couple of high balanced cables (DIY Jenna Labs, and the Silver Dragon Cable). The Silver Dragon Cable is clearly the winner to my ears. When comparing it to the stock cable I hear with much more clarity, and am given an awesome listening experience. Even when I compare it to a quality higher end cable like the Jenalabs 22 AWG cable they still provide what I think to be a superior sound.
I had a pair of Sennheiser HD650's for years without upgrading the cable, and unfortunately never did upgrade the cable until I had had the HD800's for some time. That was a mistake in my book, because I have missed out for years of fantastic sound that the Silver Dragon provides. Whether or not you plan to upgrade to a better headphone, consider the cable as a must to get better sound from what you do have; to me the Silver Dragon Cable is king of the hill for a great and affordable cable. (Posted on 1/18/12)