The Black Dragon Premium is a wonderful Meze Elite or Meze Empyrean upgrade cable. Copper strands in the Black Dragon will enhance the body, shape, and immediacy of your music by warming the bass and midrange tones. The result is a musical sound and a smooth top end with no loss of detail. The Meze Empyrean is a warm and lush headphone, while the Elite has some warmth but is more forward and resolute-sounding. If the rest of your system is bright-sounding, or you want maximum warmth and fullness, then the Black Dragon will be a great match for your Meze headphones. The versatile Black Dragon works well with most genres, particularly music with a big, bold presentation like Rock and Roll, Pop, R&B, and Electronica. If your goal is an engaging and immersive sound that gives you that "I'm there" feeling, you'll want to pair your Meze headphones with a Black Dragon cable.
The Black Dragon Premium Cable features 4 x 21.5AWG Teflon-insulated stranded conductors using pure single crystallized UP-OCC pure copper with 7N purity 99.99998%. Dragon Premium cables offer the same quality construction as our standard Dragon cables, but with extras like Mundorf Msolder SUPREME SilverGold and premium rhodium-plated Furutech connectors that look and feel great while enhancing your listening pleasure. Get ready for a truly immersive experience that will make you fall in love with your Meze headphones all over again!Compatible with the Meze Empyrean, Meze Empyrean Phoenix, and Meze Elite headphones.
Most stock headphone cables are made of poor, ultra-thin conductors that work as a bottleneck for sound. Poor geometries, no shielding, rubber jackets, and a whole host of other issues in OEM cables can limit the performance of the headphone driver in terms of clarity and definition.
Dragon Cables are handcrafted from quality materials in Moon Audio's headquarters in Cary, North Carolina. All of our cables are created with ultra-pure, single-crystal silver and copper strands and engineered to provide the cleanest, most musical presentation. Our wire is void of impurities and crystalline boundaries, leaving nothing between you and your music.
Premium Dragon Cables offer the same quality construction as the standard line, featuring UP-OCC 99.99998% pure conductors and matching cable designs with a few upgrades. Cardas Silver Solder is replaced with Mundorf MSolder SUPREME Silver-Gold mix at every connection point, and premium Furutech Rhodium connectors are included to enhance the look, feel and listening pleasure of all your hifi music sessions. 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 makes 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 cream-of-the-crop headphones where every detail makes a difference in bringing you closer to audio bliss.
The Black Dragon is warm and smooth with a musical presentation. Copper strands enhance the body, shape, and immediacy of the music. The detail and expansiveness of the Black Dragon make it a flexible fit where a broad range of musical genres are played. It can also improve bass frequencies on bass-light headphones.
The smooth, musical quality makes it a perfect fit for headphones that tend to sound a bit edgy or bright. Despite its warmth, the Black Dragon does not have a laid back, lush sound. It is much closer to neutral, making it a very natural sounding cable.
For more information on finding your signature sound, visit our Sound Signature Guide.
Meze Empyrean and Elite headphones use a 4-pin mini XLR connection. This is the same connection used by the Audeze LCD Series headphones.
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 premium headhone cable, 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 a 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 two choices. The first, the FP-601M (R) XLR, uses a beryllium copper and phosphor bronze α (Alpha) conductor; the body is a copper alloy with PVDF fluoropolymer insulation. The second option 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.
Dragon Cables are an easy do-it-yourself upgrade to your favorite headphones with detachable cables. With a wide array of connection options, a plug-and-play cable is just a few clicks away.
We also offer custom headphone hacks for your hard-wired cans, like many Grado, Sennheiser or AKG headphones. For more information on custom headphone modifications, visit our Hack Your Headphones portal.
Dragon Audio Cables are covered by a one-year limited warranty against material or manufacturing defects. For more information, visit our Warranty Terms page.