Black Dragon Cable for Sennheiser HD700 Headphones V2
The Black Dragon HD700 Headphone Cable V2 is made specifically for the Sennheiser HD 700 headphones. This cable makes the HD 700 headphone more appealing to audiophiles as now they are not just tied to one connection type because they may want many different connection options on the amplifier termination.
The cable is extremely smooth sounding with great low end and wonderful voicing and it will remove the veil of all Sennheiser headphones just like the Silver Dragon.
This cable is a great match for those who prefer dance music, techno, R&B or music with lots of bass. It is a little more rounded than the Blue Dragon with a fuller sound signature and more bottom end weight.
The cable is extremely smooth sounding with great low end and wonderful voicing. It will also remove the veil from all headphones just like the Silver Dragon.
Most stock headphone cables are made of poor ultra thin conductors that work as a bottleneck for the sound. Poor Geometries, no shielding, rubber jackets and a whole host of other issues by OEM (stock) cables can limit what the headphone driver can produce in terms of clarity and definition.
We use 4 x 21.5AWG Teflon insulated stranded conductors using pure single crystallized UP-OCC pure copper with 7N purity 99.99998%. This means more music, clarity and sound quality gets to your ears as purity in cable construction, cable design and quality of materials make a noticeable difference in the sound quality of your 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 tubing. The new v2 version is now also double shielded and placed in a polyethylene jacket for further protection.
The Headphone connectors are soldered directly to the conductors of the cable. The splicing method used by other cable companies using a stock cable's connectors is a poor method. We have developed many of the hard to find connection options utilizing plastic injection molded connectors. Great expense has been taken to bring as many hard to find connection systems for the most popular headphones. If you can't find the connection system you desire please contact us.
The wire is soldered to the connector with Cardas silver solder.
The Black Dragon offers a great well-rounded sound that suits most genres of music. It is a little warmer than the Blue Dragon with a fuller sound and more bottom end weight.
Both the Blue and Black Dragon are not a laid back lush sound, they are closer to neutral, natural sounding cables. The Black Dragon is very smooth and musical and that is the best way to describe this cable. It is perfect for a headphone that can tend to sound a bit edgy or bright and its a great addition to improve the bass frequencies on a "bass light" headphone.
The Black Dragon can by used not only as a detachable cable for many varieties of headphones but it can also be used to hack your headphones. We can "hard-wired" to just about any headphone such as Grado, Sennheiser or AKG. You can also upgrade your existing headphones that have detachable cables with our Black Dragon. There are many connections to a variety of headphones to choose from on the menu above.
Low end was tightened up, and more present, overall this cable "balances" the HD700 very well. I'd recommend a tube amp with these phones, for an even more balanced, natural sound.
Upgraded cables are basically a must for any headphone capable of hi resolution, and the Black Dragon is a great product for revealing the potential of quality drivers.
The Opening Experience
I can't really say to awful much about the opening experience to this because honestly there wasn't much of one. The cable arrived in a plastic zip lock baggy inside a priority mail envelop. So a firm handshake wasn't really given but it was easy to open at least. Now I'm unsure if this is how they're all shipped or this was just how this one was shipped because it was for demo purposes, so your experience will hopefully be different.
These are built wonderfully well. In terms of durability I've no worries about them lasting a long long time. Moon-Audio added their �Black Dragon� trademark stamp periodically throughout the cable which I found to be a nice touch seeing as most of the time companies will only put their trademark at the bottom of the cable towards on on the aux jack and maybe as well the top of the cable towards the headphone but rarely throughout the entirety.
Moon-Audio offers you to choose exactly what type, materials, brands, and features of all connection pieces they use in you cable; plus you can even put in special orders if you've a niche device that you're thinking about a certain length or connection type. For the cable sent to me I'm unsure what materials/selection was used so I can't put any personal bias on to what I was issued.
And here we are, arguably the most important aspect of an audio gear and the thing that I was honestly the most worried about because I was a huge skeptic that high end cables may add some small increase to the sound quality but absolutely doesn't justify the often ridiculous price tag associated with them. So seeing I'm an Ambassador for a company that is known for and whose name rides so largely on these cables, needless to say I was a little nervous (as well as excited duh) about reviewing these in case I found no difference, but I'll be darn if I don't give my honest impression and opinion on a product. I'm a man of my word, always have been and always will be. So does this cable make a difference in the sound? Let's find out.
After going back and forth between the stock cable and the Black Dragon I could not find any discernible difference whatsoever in the treble range.
The mids is where I heard my second notable difference (kinda funny seeing as it's the first difference listed), and that the mids are now nicely warmer and just have a much bolder sense of body and I've no idea if it's a term used for audiophiles but the mids now have a very nice soul about them. They sound much more life like than with the standard cable which did wonders for the transparency and imaging on the HD700's.
Even in the area that the HD700's definitely needed a boost in and that's the lower mid to upper bass range. That transfer range just sounded really bland and thin, now though they still had that flaw this cable helped it out as much as I reasonably believe it could.
And here it is the most immediate thing you'll notice when plugging in a Black Dragon cable (at least for the HD700's) and that is the bass response becomes so much tighter that when I first played a song I thought I had a pair of planar magnetic's on with how fast and tight the bass got.
In terms of audible increase, other than the speed I think it added a very small amount of warmth to the sound but not enough for me to give a definitive yes or no. Most of the audible increase was the warmth in the midrange, and the crossover from the lower mids to upper bass.
To sum up this review, this cable is wonderfully made and obviously not cheap in any aspect of its design. It's very durable and has the looks that show it's premium status, but appearance is a very small part of the audio world especially in the price point of what these are. So, do I believe these are worth the $255+ price tag?
If you're someone who has expendable income to spend on a favorite pair of headphones that they love and want to bring out the maximum potential in them then YES. I would, without disregard, recommend one of Moon-Audio's cables to you. It will breathe new life into a pair you already love and will most likely save you a larger expense of feeling the need to upgrade to another, more expensive headphone. The cleanness and control attained will be instantly apparent and will only be further noted by a quality amp. and dac.
Till next time my friends, make sure to check out my YouTube unboxing & review videos as well!
Drew is also very friendly and answers all of his customer's questions in great detail.
I highly recommend the black dragon hd 700 cables and the senn hd 700s.
It is much easier to move about with the Black Dragon, as the stock Sennheiser cord is rather unruly and kinks easily.
Second, a balanced cable for my HD 700 and my OPPO HA-1 headphone preamp. Both are of excellent quality and deliver superb sound from PonoPlayer and OPPO HA-1.
So far as I know, Moon Audio is the only cable company that makes balanced cables for the HD 700.
If you have invested in hi-resolution music, and want to get all the details you paid for, then DO NOT HESITATE to grab this cable.
Digital Files ---> JRiver ---> Kimber USB ---> W4S DAC-2se ---> Lyr 2 ---> HD700
Thanks for UPGRADING my listening experience!
I purchased a 10 foot length with the Furutech 1/4" plug. The construction of these cables is very, very good, in fact no comparison vs the factory cables, a little more weight, but the look, finish and connections are much improved over stock.
With the recently upgraded, Black Dragon V2 cables, all I can say is WOW, the bass floor is louder (more pronounced), deeper, tighter, the slight shrillness in the 700's that is around the 6k-12k range peak is so much less peaked near flat. This has allowed the very top end above 12K + to have even more air, separation, and the finest of the transients are so much more evident vs that of the stock cables. The mids are even clearer, and I thought that the mids were the strong point of the 700's to start with, but it is even clearer, more so in the mids too than the stock cables can come close to.
So an analogy is like, if you had an old 3 way floor speaker back in the day and the grill cloth was so thick as to put a veil on the sound from the bottom to the top. Even as good as the 700's were stock, it now is so clear they sound like brand new headphones in the most positive of expressions!
I have A vs B tested these new cables back and forth from one set of cables to the other, it is very easy to tell the difference.
These new cables with a copper cable type, add to that with the Woo SA6SE tube amp I am using and it makes these babies so sweet and smooth. The 700's sound more tube like and less fatiguing. I guess if you have ever listened for extended periods of times with even good headphones on it is kinda like the comparison on vinyl to digital kind of statement. Even when accurate, that can get you tired.
It just makes the overall long term 1 hr+ sessions more inviting, less tiresome and you find yourself not wanting to crank the volume up to get more bass out of the 700's.
The bass is there now as I think it should be. Without the boom it seems like a mini me JL sub was added to the HD700's to bring in the bottom 2 octaves.
Note, I have only about 8 hours on these new cables and I am sure break in with change some, hopefully even better!
Quick specs of the 700's. You would think with the Frequency response 10-42,000 Hz that stock cables would of had a lot of bass, but it was weak and rolled off to fast IMOP with the stock cables. And the top end was over shaddowed by the brightness and peaks in the high end ranges.
Overall, the tone of the 700's is so much more balanced and accurate to me. They just work and now I feel I can not turn them off!
I have listened from Katie Melua Piece by Piece, to Alan Parsons, Neil Young, Pearl Jam, GOVI and all types of music just work so so right!
Thanks so much for a great cable :)