Why the Black Dragon V2 Premium over the Silver Dragon V3 Premium?
The LCD-X and LXD-XC have more treble extension over the LCD-2 and LCD-3. Thus, the smoother characteristics of the Black Dragon V2 Premium makes more sense. The Silver Dragon V3 Premium cable is a great choice as well, but for Drew's genre preferences in music, it really comes down to the end result of the music that you are passionate and listen to most often and which cable provides the best compliment to your music.
"The Black Dragon V2 Premium Headphone Cable really smooths out the high energy top end while tightening up and controlling the bottom end or bass and it also makes the mid-range more musical," Drew Baird, P.E., President of Moon Audio.
Black Dragon V2 Premium Details
The difference between the Standard Black Dragon and the Premium Black Dragon are the connectors used on each end and a harder to work with higher silver yield solder. The wire is identical. When you are trying to squeeze out every last percentage point of performance, the Premium version makes sense. The Furutech Top Line connectors are quite simply the best made. And every point of signal saturation will make a difference. Is there a night and day difference between the sound quality of the standard and premium? No. Is the Premium the best of the best? Yes. These cables are meant for the cream of the crop headphones where every little thing makes a difference in terms of bring you closer to audio nirvana.
The Black Dragon Premium headphone cable V2 is the original black dragon headphone cable. It uses 4 x 21.5AWG Teflon insulated stranded conductors using pure single crystallized UP-OCC pure copper with 7N purity 99.99998%.
Each conductor is made up of a special varying size stranding geometry. The copper stranding is mixed with Kevlar stranding to reinforce the conductor. Making it stronger overall and less prone to failure due to the harsh constant flexing a headphone cable receives. The conductors are then surrounded by cotton and then a layer of Teflon tape. The new version is also shielded and placed in a polyethylene jacket for further protection.
For the Black Dragon V2 Premium version, we are using the Furutech FT-610 connector. Furutech’s beautifully finished, beautiful sounding CF-H800 connectors are the result of meticulous engineering and careful audition of various suitable materials. The FT-610 features an α (Alpha) phosphor bronze conductor and Nylon+Fiberglass 15% insulation for minimal impedance and a nonmagnetic stainless and carbon fiber finished main body and nonmagnetic stainless end ring for superior damping. The Pins are Nonmagnetic Rhodium-plated α (Alpha) Phosphor bronze conductors.
The wire is soldered to the connector with high quality silver solder. The default 1/4" Plug is the new Furutech CF-763. Furutech’s beautifully finished, beautiful sounding CF-763 connectors are the result of meticulous engineering and careful audition of various suitable materials. The CF-763 features an Nonmagnetic Rhodium-plated α (Alpha) phosphor bronze conductor and Fluoropolymer insulation for minimal impedance and a nonmagnetic stainless and carbon fiber finished housing for superior damping.
For XLR connections there are 2 choices. The FP-601M（R) XLR which uses a Beryllium copper and phosphor bronze α (Alpha) Conductor: the body is a Copper alloy with PVDF Fluoropolymer insulation. The second choice is the top of the line CF-601M（R）XLR which utilizes an α (Alpha) Beryllium copper and phosphor bronze Rhodium-plated Conductor with Carbon fiber and nonmagnetic stainless steel housing. The Body is PVDF Fluoropolymer insulation with a Specially designed cable strain relief.
The cable is extremely smooth sounding with great low end and wonderful voicing. If you listen to any type of music then this is the cable will suit your needs. It is a little more rounded than the Blue Dragon with fuller sound and more bottom end weight.
Audeze LCD-X Details
The LCD-X Reference Level headphones feature a newly-developed and processed transducer made of a thinner and a lighter alternative material. Audeze's "patent-pending" Fazor elements are unique to the LCD-X and LCD-XC and help guide and manage the flow of sound. The result is improved phase response, greater frequency extension, smoother frequency response, and remarkable 3D holographic imaging.
The LCD-X transducer is specifically designed to work with a wide variety of driving sources. From portable players to studio use, the LCD-X provides high volume without a headphone amplifier even though all LCD-series products benefit from a high-quality amp. The earcups are made from polished anodized aluminum with sloped ear pads of either premium lambskin leather or a leather-free super-suede microfiber fabric. The earpads are designed with specially-crafted foam offering the proper firmness and acoustic balance.
The Absolute Sound Review by Arnie Nudell - September 2014
TONE Audio Audeze LCD-X Review by Jeff Dorgay
Inner Fidelity Fazor Review by Tyll Hertsens, May 2014
Each Audeze LCD-X + Black Dragon V2 Premium includes:
-Custom Black Dragon V2 Premium headphone cable for Audeze
-Audeze Stock ADZ6SE Cable (single-ended 1/4"): 1/4” TRS to 2x4-pin mini XLR
-Audeze Stock ADZ6B4 Cable (balanced 4-pin): 4-pin XLR to 2x4-pin mini XLR
-1/4" to 1/8" adapter
-Ruggedized travel case
-Personalized frequency response graph