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About Moon Audio and Dragon Audio Cables

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About Moon Audio and Dragon Audio Cables

-Drew and Nichole

Drew Baird, P.E., Founder & CEO, and Nichole Baird, COO

Think of your favorite song, the one that moves you like nothing else can. Now imagine that it sounds more expressive, more nuanced, more like a front-row seat to a live performance. Maybe it's a catch in the singer's breath, the subtle scratch of a guitar string, or the scintillating sizzle of a cymbal. The magic of music lives in its power to stir your emotions, so we created Dragon Audio Cables to bring you a more immersive, dynamic, and detailed listening experience.

For many headphone manufacturers, cables can be an afterthought — a means to an end. The problem is, poorly made cables can create a bottleneck for sound. Lower-quality materials, thin conductors, and bad geometries can deteriorate the signal transfer, so your music — like cars slowed by a rush-hour traffic jam — won't have a clean, clear path from your audio source to your ears. At Moon Audio, quality, handcrafted audio cables are our obsession, our passion, and our livelihood. We know that materials matter, so we build our cables to order using 99.99998% pure UP-OCC copper and silver conductors with premium connectors for more clarity, detail, and musicality from your favorite headphones and other audio gear.

Our Silver, Black, Blue, and Bronze Dragon Cables are coveted by musicians, audiophiles, and music lovers around the world. Dragon Cables shorten the distance from concert halls and recording studios to your ears, so that you hear recordings the way your favorite artists intended. We've built Moon Audio around our deep passion for music and hi-fi, and a dedication to delivering a more immersive, realistic, and joyful listening experience. If you want to rediscover your collection and get closer to your music, we invite you to swap out your stock audio cables and discover the Dragon Cable difference.

-Drew and Nichole

Drew Baird, P.E., Founder & CEO, and Nichole Baird, COO

The Dragon Cable Story

As a longtime collector and builder of audio equipment, Drew Baird, P.E. had most of what he needed to assemble a home theater system. But Drew soon realized that the cables he had on hand were the weakest link in his audio chain — and that needed to change. Sound was not an area where he was willing to compromise. The problem was, he couldn't find quality cables at a price he liked. So with his engineer brain and audiophile heart, Drew set out to build cables that would maximize the fidelity of his system without breaking the bank.

Drew has always believed that interconnects provide the most bang for the buck in any system, so he started there. Using Cardas connectors and DH Labs wiring, he built himself some interconnects — and he sold the extras on eBay. Customers loved the impact that Drew's insight, vision, and craftsmanship had on their music. Little did Drew realize this had planted the seed for what would become Moon Audio and the best-selling Silver Dragon line.


Incorporated in 2003, Moon Audio was a part-time, home-based venture for several years. Drew chose "Moon" because he wanted an easy-to-pronounce and easy-to-remember name for his business. He chose "Dragon Cables" as a nod to his Dungeons and Dragons hobby. In 2010, Drew and his wife, Nichole, decided to go "all in," with Drew quitting his day job and Nichole devoting herself full time to the business. Now, as then, every single Dragon Cable is made to order from the highest-grade materials, like 99.9999% pure UP-OCC copper and silver.

Because Dragon Cables are built in-house and sold direct, customers pay for quality and craftsmanship, with no overwhelming markup. Along with attention to handcrafted quality is a highly personalized approach to sales. When prospective customers reach out to Moon Audio, Drew and his team take the time to get to know their musical tastes, listening styles, ergonomic preferences, and more. They are not interested in pushing products that won't suit a customer's needs, living situation, or budget. This holistic approach makes lifetime customers out of audiophiles, music enthusiasts, and music pros alike.

Today, Moon Audio occupies 8,000 square feet of commercial office space in Cary, North Carolina, with a growing team of dedicated engineers, audiophiles, and music enthusiasts who share Drew's passion for well-made audio cables and hi-fi audio. Moon Audio offers a curated collection of headphones, IEMs, (in-ear monitors), DACs (digital to analog converters), DAPs (digital audio players), amplifiers, speakers, and more from a range of high fidelity boutique audio brands. But the award-winning Dragon cable line — which has grown to include several types of Silver, Black, Blue, and Bronze cables — remains the heart and soul of Moon Audio.


Awards & Press

While customer feedback and our own ears tell us that our Dragon Audio Cables are something special, it's nice to receive official industry accolades, too. From Editors' Choice to Product of the Year, Moon Audio has collected numerous awards over the years, and we are proud to showcase them here.


Our Mission & Values

Moon Audio creates one thing: the connection between your heart and your music. This is a passion. Our values are grounded in music's emotional experience. We want to deliver those emotional experiences and bring you closer to the music.

Mission

Moon Audio was born from a passion for music and high-quality audio. Our mission is to share that passion by connecting you to your music through quality audio cables and engaging content.

Values

  • Quality

    Audiophiles relentlessly seek the highest possible audio quality. We aspire to the same pursuit of perfection in the craftsmanship of our audio cables and quality of our customer service.

  • Substance

    We believe that substance always wins over hype, and the hifi world is incredibly technical. We provide as much information as possible, helping music lovers of every level of expertise to engage and grow within the audiophile community.

  • Passion

    We love music, and we love people who love music. We want to share our passion and expertise with other music lovers, whether they're new to high-end audio or seasoned professionals.


Meet the Team

Leadership

Drew Baird | Founder and CEO

FAVORITE MUSIC

Mostly Americana, but I do love the Pixies.

GO-TO HEADPHONES/IEMs

Focal Utopia, Shure KSE1500.

HOBBIES

Audio gear (obviously!); restoration of anything: a 1978 International Scout, then a 1969 BMW R75/5 motorcycle; fly fishing in Alaska; snowboarding in Colorado; mountain biking in North Carolina.

FUN FACT

My best decision ever was choosing to go to military school in 8th grade. I am who I am because of the five years I spent there.


Nichole Baird | COO

FAVORITE MUSIC

Americana, Folk, Jazz.

GO-TO HEADPHONES/IEMs

Meze Empyrean, Meze Elite, Fostex TH900 MK2, Focal Utopia.

HOBBIES

I love all things home decor. My house is my decorating playground and HGTV is my happy place!

FUN FACT

People either love kale or they hate it. I can't get enough of it.

Content & Technical Support

Ricky Kovacs | Lead Technical Writer - Marketing & Creative

FAVORITE MUSIC

Rock, Synthwave, Switchfoot, Beatles, movie and game soundtracks.

GO-TO HEADPHONES/IEMs

Audeze Mobius, Meze Liric, Meze Rai Penta.

HOBBIES

Jamming with my bandmates, gaming, recording, virtual photography, playing with Lego.

FUN FACT

I am the lead singer/guitarist for the band Betting for Benson.


Sara Schweiger | Senior Storyteller & Content Specialist

FAVORITE MUSIC

Classic Rock, Folk, Bluegrass, Jam Bands.

GO-TO HEADPHONES/IEMs

Dan Clark AEON 2, Empire Ears Legend EVO.

HOBBIES

Meditation and breathwork, thrift stores, horror movies, word games, all things psychology and medicine.

FUN FACT

My first name isn't pronounced the way you think it's pronounced.


Chris Crook | Product Specialist

FAVORITE MUSIC

Classic Rock, Alternative, Rap, Indie.

GO-TO HEADPHONES/IEMs

Audeze LCD-X, Empire Ears ODIN.

HOBBIES

Filmmaking/Animation, cooking, hiking, traveling, building home audio systems.

FUN FACT

I have worked on filming multiple PSAs, one of which involved someone setting their kitchen partially on fire.

graphics & ui/ux design

Dylan Birdsall | Senior Graphic/Web Designer

FAVORITE MUSIC

Kendrick Lamar, Thundercat, Mac Miller, Still Woozy, The first two Chance The Rapper Mixtapes, Lil Wayne, Ocean Alley, Khruangbin, Daft Punk, Lo-Fi, and The Meters.

GO-TO HEADPHONES/IEMs

Sony WF-1000XM4

HOBBIES

Cooking, pottery, traveling, snowboarding, and raquetball.

FUN FACT

I was named after Bob Dylan (a famous guitar/harmonica guy).


Jessica Benda | Front End Engineer

FAVORITE MUSIC

Fleet Foxes, Gorillaz, The Gothard Sisters, anything Indie/Folk - but I've memorized everything by Linkin Park and Foo Fighters.

GO-TO HEADPHONES/IEMs

Meze 99 Classics

HOBBIES

D&D, board games, painting, drawing, gardening.

FUN FACT

I can draw anything on anything WITH anything — give me spaghetti and a sidewalk and I'll create a mural.

logistics

Catherine Cunningham | Logistics Coordinator

FAVORITE MUSIC

All kinds!

GO-TO HEADPHONES/IEMs

Focal Celestee.

HOBBIES

Baking, cooking, gardening, writing, outdoor activities with my family.

FUN FACT

I wear sweaters every season of the year, regardless of the weather.


Oliver Shields | Logistics Coordinator

FAVORITE MUSIC

Bon Iver, Kanye West, and plenty in between.

GO-TO HEADPHONES/IEMs

Warwick Acoustics Aperio.

HOBBIES

Hiking, rock climbing, photography, gaming, playing with my puppy.

FUN FACT

The tallest mountain I've summited — Longs Peak in Estes Park, Colorado — is 14,259 feet.

production

Darrell Shotwell | Lead Engineer

FAVORITE MUSIC

Metal (Deathcore, Hardcore).

GO-TO HEADPHONES/IEMs

Fostex TH900 mk2, Audeze Penrose.

HOBBIES

Guitar, architecture, working out, multidisciplinary designing, reading.

FUN FACT

I can do a 540-degree front flip on a trampoline.  


Greg Hanna | Technician

FAVORITE MUSIC

The Garden.

GO-TO HEADPHONES/IEMs

Focal Listen, Grado Statement with Blue Dragon.

HOBBIES

Riding and collecting skateboards, customizing Hot Wheels.

FUN FACT

I am the former bassist for Los Angeles pop punk pioneers The Dickies.


Gina Higgins | Engineer

FAVORITE MUSIC

Fall Out Boy, Twenty One Pilots, Johnny Cash, Toby Fox, and various anime theme songs.

GO-TO HEADPHONES/IEMs

Sony WF-1000XM4, Fostex TH900 mk2.

HOBBIES

Knitting, Dungeons & Dragons, video games.

FUN FACT

My dog Cody has won two cutest canine competitions.

video

Ross Weathersbee | Senior Video Producer

FAVORITE MUSIC

Bruce Springsteen, Vulfpeck, Snarky Puppy, George Winston, Tame Impala.

GO-TO HEADPHONES/IEMs

Meze Liric.

HOBBIES

Singing, traveling, gaming (video & board).

FUN FACT

I'm an avid railfan, aka ferroequinologist, train buff, trainspotter.


Angel Hernandez | Production Assistant

FAVORITE MUSIC

The Weeknd.

GO-TO HEADPHONES/IEMs

Meze Elite.

HOBBIES

Traveling, riding ATVs, food, video games, listening to music.

FUN FACT

I am super adventurous! I love roller coasters, haunted houses, and sky diving.

CUSTOMER SUPPORT

Jess | Customer Service


Bella Baird | Chief Canine Cuddler