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Black Dragon IEM headphone cable for Shure Earphones V1


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The Black Dragon V1 IEM Shure headphone cable is the baby brother to the Silver Dragon V1 IEM Headphone cable.   It is made specifically for use with Custom In Ear monitors or IEM's where light weight and flexibility are a must.

Fits: Shure SE Series, Westone W Series, Westone UM Pro Series, Westone Elite Series, Fostex TE-05, JVC HA-FX850, Logitech UE900, Ultrasone IQ 

After a year of customer requests from all over the world, we are THRILLED it is finally here and we are able to offer this to Shure IEM lover's everywhere!

This custom iem headphone cable will open up your Shure Custom In Ear Monitor's and let them breathe easier.

The Black Dragon V1 IEM has a warmer signature over the Silver Dragon V1 IEM headphone cable.  It provides a musical presentation and sound stage depth. You will hear more clarity, instrumentation and musicality with great bottom end.  No flimsy or stiff cables are made here at Moon Audio. Throw out that cheap stock cable and bring your Shure Custom IEM's here to Moon Audio!


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To hear Drew speak specifically about the IEM cables - fast forward to 18:00 minutes.

The Black Dragon V1 IEM Shure headphone cable fits all of these in ear monitors below:


Model #'s

Shure SE Series

SE315, SE425, SE535 and SE846


Post summer 2014 custom IEM models, EM32, EM3-Pro, EM2-Pro, S-EM9









Westone W Series

W10, W20, W30, W40, W50 & W60

Westone UM Pro Series

UM 10, UM20, UM30, UM40 & UM50

Westone Elite Series

ES10, ES20, ES30, ES40, ES50, ES60, AC20

Examples of the IEM's this cable can be used with are: Shure In Ear Monitors SE Series: SE315, SE425, SE535 and SE846.

The Black Dragon IEM is a coaxial design using a 7N purity 99.99998% UP-OCC Stranded copper 26AWG center conductor for the positive leg. The center conductor uses the same Kevlar reinforcing as the other Dragon cables. The center conductor is wrapped concentrically by a 99.99998% UP-OCC pure copper stranded 26AWG gauge conductor with 7N purity 99.99998%. 

The left and right signal cables run parallel to each other resulting in a very low inductance. Both signal jackets are polyethylene and the cable is extremely flexible yet very resilient and resistant to flex failure.

A variety of connection options are available for your downstream connection such as the mini plug, RSA/ALO, 1/4" , XLR and many others.

We custom build these in house to your connection specification. The cable can be used in either a single ended or balanced design. The wire is soldered to a connector using high quality Cardas silver solder.

Connection Arrangement - How to install the Black Dragon V1 IEM headphone cable

Red is Right Channel

Blue is Left Channel

Dots always should be pointing in upward direction.

"...Black Dragon V1 IEM headphone cable absolutely blew me away; left me completely speechless. So much so that I called him up to try and understand just what was happening. How could the cable change the sound that noticeably? I still have no idea but hearing is believing. I’m a convert AND a proud and happy Black Dragon cable owner," Mike Dias, Ultimate Ears Pro, Sales Director


Have Questions?

Find answers to common questions on our guides.



Additional Info

Drew's Recommendations

The Ultrasone IQ and the Logitech UE 900 also fit well with the Black Dragon V1 IEM Shure Headphone Cable.


No question....there is a differenceReview by tdm
Just got these for my shure se 535's. There's no question, you can hear the difference. If you've already spent money for the better headphones/earbuds, you might as well go the extra mile to get the best sound you can get. Price seems a little high but then, you've already spent a lot on the earbuds...this makes them 25% better in my opinion. (Posted on 2/16/2017)
Excellent cablesReview by Raymond gascon jr.
Cables are expensive but well worth it! (Posted on 2/16/2017)
Good cable, quite expensiveReview by Marco
I really wanted to hear more the sound difference from this cable compared to the original supplied with my SE846. I am not sure burning in will make that much of a difference but when I compare side by side the original cable with the black dragon I can't hear any difference at all. I tried both with so many different songs and I had a very vague impression that the Black Dragon sounds a little bit warmer and with slightly deeper low, overall I still prefer the sound from the original cable but I can't even say this for sure because in many songs I couldn't identify any difference.
Having said that, the cable looks cheap, sorry to say, that Y split and the 3,5mm pin covered in heat-shrink tubing with ink stamps look very cheap. The connectors from the earphone side are very tight and housed in quite cheap looking plastic too although I like the fact they are tighter than the original cable. I also like the quality of the 3.5 mm pin connector, no complaints here. Overall I think the cable is good, but it looks cheap and doesn't make any difference in sound quality compared to the original supplied with the earphones, making it a very expensive replacement. I wish I had ordered the Silver Dragon as they seem to make some difference compared to the original (according to the reviews). Last but not least the company is very professional in shipping the item to the other side of the world very fast and they do have a very good follow up service. Just my honest opinion about the whole experience so far. (Posted on 2/16/2017)
Good quality, could be improvedReview by Y
Nice sounding and fitting cables. A+ there.

My one suggestion for the moon team:
The metal wire which is used to shape the cable around your ear is enclosed in a transparent housing.
First impressing I got after opening the package was that it gave the cable a cheap look (although it is rock solid and not cheap) ... with visible metal wire which resembles a paper clip wire.
My suggestion would be: wrap the wire in a non-transparent housing. (Posted on 2/16/2017)
They're the best!!Review by NYCEvo
I immediately connected them once receiving them in the mail and bam! I was blown away with how much bass heard.

They made a huge difference. I am rocking them with my Shure SE 535 IEMs.

I love them with the Black Dragon IEM. Thanks Drew! (Posted on 8/9/2016)
Great Fit & QualityReview by KC
This cable worked very well with my Shure E846s.

I'm not sure if the 846s had standard MMCX connectors, but other non-OEM cables has cutout isses with these.

Not this cable though. No cutouts and way more comfortable than the standard OEM cable. (Posted on 4/30/2016)
Excellent cableReview by taylormade
Let me start off by saying that I, in no way shape or form consider myself an audio expert I am merely an enthusiast who, like so many others is on a quest for perfect sound.

These were my first aftermarket cables that I have ever purchased and I can tell you that they definitely did not disappoint. I did quite a bit of research on the whole argument of whether headphone cables bought on the aftermarket actually do anything. I'm certainly a believer now.

My gear consists of very few pieces: westone w30 and fiio X3. The westone w30's are excellent headphones. They have a great balance between precision and overall sound which is why many people like to call their listening experience fun. I've owned the w30's for 3 months and I can say for the price the stock cables are not too pleasing. I also feel as though they can be a bit bright with some genres of music which is why I wanted the black dragon cables for these.

Understandably everyone's ears are different but if there's one thing that can really turn me off to a set of headphones is them being overly bright. Out of the box, the cables performed well but I can say that they definitely need to be broken it before their full potential can be exploited.

I felt that the w30's separation of instruments was on par for its price range and the black dragons definitely helped smooth things out across the board. Instruments are very well balanced to where if you want to you can depict what each one is doing at anyone time which is one thing I like to think many audiophiles like to do, which is get caught up in their music. There's nothing more alleviating.

As the description states for these cables they shine in the low end. The bass is tighter and fuller and has a great presentation, the mids are smoother and lull the listener into a song. Some say that aftermarket cables improve sound on a more realistic basis of about a 5% improvement. Overall, I'd say this is true except for the mid and low ranges which from my humble opinion I would say the improvement is around 10-15%.

The highs are finally at a level in which I can control. They're also tighter and more precise with the black dragons. I still feel the headphones are bright in some areas but the X3 has plenty of equalizer settings to keep things where I want or need them to be.

Build quality is top notch with these cables. They have more of a plastic shroud with a gloss finish. They slide on clothing very easily which makes cable management much easier then stock. The connector is covered with wire shrink wrap with a matte finish and feel to it. I feel this is a very nice touch to balance out the look and feel of the cables. The only very small gripe I have with this is that the logos on the shrink wrap feel like they would rub off after time but again, that's just my opinion and there is no reason why this should affect how I feel about this cables. If you were wondering and still reading this review the red dot is for the right headphone and the blue is for the left headphone. Hopefully this saved you some confusion. Also I chose the 64" option because I've had bad experiences with stock length cables. It is an extra 15 dollars but for me it was a peace of mind issue that I wanted to address because even though 170 isn't bad for aftermarket cables, it's still quite a lot of money to throw around.

I will end by saying, job well done by moon audio. I had to wait an additional 3 weeks for my black dragons because they were on backorder. I'm a pretty patient person and as well the shipping was free and still priority 2 day. For the price to performance value, I'm extremely pleased with the cables. Definitely will be returning to moon audio when I buy higher end headphones.

Oh, and thanks for taking the time to read my review. I hope it helps you with your decision. (Posted on 3/11/2016)
Satisfied CustomerReview by George
I replaced the stock cable on my Shure SE846s, because I was having some connection issues with the left IEM. I've had the IEMs for over a year and expected the problem was wear and tear.

The Dragons fixed the problem, and I don't regret spending more than an original replacement cable would have cost. I don't know that I'm able to detect whether the sound quality is significantly better, but I could if it was worse. It is definitely equal or better.

The behind the ear fit is more comfortable because the stiff portion of the cable is shorter. This allows the cable to rest less noticeably down the back of the ear. I'd make this purchase again. (Posted on 11/14/2015)
The dream of every basshead.Review by XC
The Shure stock cable drove me nuts after 2 pairs failed on me in less than a month, one is just 2 Days!

From Shipping to arriving at my door step (Singapore) took only 3 Business days, Moon Audio was already off to a good start. Ordered it with the Oyaide 3.5mm straight plug as I didnt have a good experience with right angled ones due to pull while using it in my pocket. As I'm typing this, my SE846 with AK JR and the Black Dragon is rocking the sound of my dreams into my ears....

Physical aspects, what i really love is the small memory wire, which is wayyy better than the stock shure cable which constantly tickles my ear. The cable feels very solid and built to last.

The Black Dragon drives the already deep low end of the 846 EVEN LOWER while boosting the clarity, the bass kicks harder, songs initially very flat now sound much more well rounded. Songs such as 'Throne' by Bring Me The Horizon was delivered with a lot of precision over the range with extra boost on the low end. Talking Body by Tove Lo, the very low bass note in the verse was accentuated and becomes much more apparent.

Highly recommended for people who crave low end but don't want to lose fidelity in the mids and highs.

Thanks, Moon Audio. (Posted on 9/4/2015)
Makes the music shineReview by Yodiophile
Black dragon to link Shure SE 846 iem and Sony NW ZX2. Absolutely brings the best out of both - enhancing soundstage and digging out detail.

It really proves the value of a top notch cable! Delivered in 2 days to the UK!

Thanks so much! (Posted on 8/24/2015)
My Shure 535s have been brought to life!Review by Paul Maynard
I must admit I was skeptical about the sound improvements a cable could make, but after swapping over the stock cables with Black Dragons I immediately noticed a pronounced difference. The soundstage widened, the bass was deeper and the treble is a lot smoother.

I'd lost the sharp shrill at the top end which was uncomfortable and there also seemed to be more detail through the whole range. I've only had them for a few days so look forward to seeing if they improve over time with a 'burn-in'.

Build quality is excellent and I particularly like the short memory leads which work perfectly in normal use, but work brilliantly when wearing reading glasses, shades, etc. The connectors to the IEMs are a perfect fit, click in easily and hold securely.

I also want to mention the delivery, I ordered the cables on the Thursday afternoon in the UK, and they were in my hands on the following Monday at 9am!

Fantastic turnaround, Thanks Drew! (Posted on 3/30/2015)
Mind = BlownReview by Kevin Duthu
I don't know what kind of wizardry or what spell is cast on this cable but...My JH11's sound better than they EVER have.

My mind is blown that just a cable can make this much of a difference. I did an A/B vs the stock JH cable and wow..
The volume is more sensitive, at half volume it's almost the same level as full volume with the JH cable.
The noise floor is much lower, WAY less hiss.

Everything seems more spatial, incredible ambiance between the notes. Seems like the JH's are breathing now.
The bass is richer, fuller.. The highs are singing like birds.
I can't even BEGIN to imagine what these would do on a JH16, let alone the Roxanne.

So yes, my mind is blown. Amazing.
(Posted on 3/20/2015)
Black Dragon Absolutely blew me awayReview by Mike Dias
As someone who has worked with in-ear monitors for a better part of nearly 15 years now, you’d think that I would have had a more enlightened view on cables. But nope, I had always figured that a cable is a cable is a cable. That all of sound quality happens in the earpieces themselves and everything else was just marketing, smoke and mirrors. In fact, I’ve known Drew for years and I never even bothered to listen to his cables.

What a waste and shame because I’ve been totally missing out.

Until a few months ago, the joke has been on me all this time. His Black Dragon V1 IEM headphone cable absolutely blew me away; left me completely speechless. So much so that I called him up to try and understand just what was happening.

How could the cable change the sound that noticeably? I still have no idea but hearing is believing. I’m a convert AND a proud and happy Black Dragon cable owner. (Posted on 6/3/2014)
Update: Cryogenic treatment improves SQ!Review by Canadian Maestro
Just wanted to give an update on my Shure-425 Black Dragon cables bought from Drew. On a whim for experimentation, I sent the cables out for cryogenic treatment by a respected audio dealer in Ontario. 4 days of deep freeze in a computer-controlled, automated liquid nitrogen cooler. Got the cable back last week. Plugged it straight into an iPod Classic 7G.

During playback of rock (Whitehorse, Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin), the 425s now sound more extended in the highs, without harsh brightness, and my soundstage is noticeably, but not drastically, wider. So, there are some improvements after cryogenic treatment of Drew's Black Dragon cabling. I haven't connected my iPod to my RSA Shadow or Tomahawk amp yet, but I expect an even more noticeably improved SQ when I do.

Thanks for reading. (Posted on 3/9/2014)
Black Dragon V1: Shure 425s now sound better than ever!Review by Canadian Maestro
Received this new cable last week here in Canada. My first venture into Drew's legendary headphone cable empire. This BD V1 has greatly improved my Shure-425 listening experience. After 60 hrs. of playback, the soundstage has opened up: the width is now more expanded than with the stock cable. Better separation of performers and instruments. I can hear more details in my choral, symphonic, and female jazz vocal recordings, from iPod 7G Classic paired with Fostex HP-P1 or RSA Tomahawk amps. Sibilance is nicely reduced, but I still get a realistic sense of the vocalist dead centre in the soundstage, breathing between notes and mouthing the lyrics. Fantastic. Highs of brass instruments and violin strings are not as shrill as with stock, but are very smooth, and the mids are glorious. The bass. Now, here's the biggest improvement. More of it, without bloat. Tight, punchy bass for those tracks that have it. Some may prefer tons of details and better high end. But I prefer a warmer, lusher sound, without being too dark, and this cable is exactly what Drew had recommended. This is a transparent cable for my IEMs, so be prepared to hear what you put into it. If you get this cable for portable use, don't waste its potential on MP3 files. Use lossless all the way.

Note: This cable comes with a memory wire for fitting behind the ears. Some like this, others hate it. Previously, I had hated it with my stocks. But now, I like it. The neck slider tube, which narrows down the V-branch at the neck, is critical for preventing the wires from falling down from behind my ears. I wear the slider closer up to prevent slippage. With my thick-framed eyeglasses, I can now move my head comfortably without worrying about the wires sliding off my ears.

Drew's fast response times on email (seconds, literally!) and concise replies make for an excellent experience. I also acquired an LCD-2 Black Dragon cable, and I am very happy with that one as well.

Drew "the Dragon Man" has provided a super product to Shure IEM fans! Thanks, Drew. (Posted on 10/18/2013)

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