Cables & Coffee, Ep. 9: Silver Dragon IEM Cables & More | Moon Audio
Cables & Coffee, Ep. 9: Silver Dragon IEM Cables & More | Moon Audio
Welcome to the next evolution in Dragon IEM cables. The Black Dragon IEM V2 Cable is a total redesign of our Black Dragon IEM V1 cable. We teamed up with JH Audio, one of the most admired and sought-after IEM manufacturers in the world, on the design of this cable. The Black Dragon IEM V2 cable features a stranded, silver-plated copper design that marries the sonic strengths of our Silver Dragon IEM cables and our copper-based Bronze Dragon IEM cables. What this means for you is great detail and resolution from the silver plus the full sound and enhanced bottom end from the copper. Compared to the V1 version, we find the midrange on the Black Dragon IEM V2 cable to be warmer without sounding too laid back, while maintaining the full sound spectrum and dimension. Most importantly, the powerful bottom end of the Black Dragon IEM V1 has been improved upon.
This new stranded, silver-plated copper design is different from the silver-plated tinsel wire used in the JH Audio stock JH cables. The purity and density of our conductors are far superior and much more expensive to design, engineer, and produce. You will be amazed at the sound quality improvements over JH Audio and other brands' stock cables. Level up to a Black Dragon IEM V2 Cable and take your IEMs to the next level!
Compatible with all JH Audio 2-pin and 4-pin IEMs and many other brands. Find a full list of compatible IEMs in the Specification section.
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.
The Black Dragon IEM V2 cable marries the sonic strengths of the Silver Dragon IEM cable and the Bronze Dragon IEM cable. Copper strands enhance the body, shape, and immediacy of the music, while silver enhances detail and clarity. It's a good choice for V-shaped IEMs or bass-light IEMs. The detail and expansiveness of the Black Dragon IEM V2 cable make it a flexible fit where a broad range of musical genres are played.
For more information on finding your signature sound, visit our Sound Signature Guide.
When designing the Black Dragon IEM V2 Cable, we looked for a way to provide the great detail and resolution of our Silver Dragon line and still maintain the full sound and enhanced bottom end of our Black Dragon line. We also needed to embrace these improvements in a cost-effective way so everyone can unleash their music with Dragon Cables.
This forced a new direction for Moon Audio in cable creation that included working with plated metals. We found that when we increased the quantity of plating to a 15-18% ratio, we were able to maximize both sound characteristics of silver and copper in the Black Dragon. We feel this enhanced the sonic attributes and characteristics of the Black Dragon to its maximum potential.
The V2 boasts a stranded, silver-plated copper design which marries all the sonic strengths of our Silver and Black Dragon IEM cables. With some audio cables, adding silver-plated copper can make it sound harsh in the top frequency range. This is NOT the case with our Black Dragon as the heavy silver plating provides a very smooth, detailed top end with a great sense of presentation. This is in large part due to the 15-18% ratio we landed upon during our design and testing phase.
We also found the midrange to be warmer and lush without sounding too laid back, yet it maintains the full sound spectrum and dimension. Most importantly, even the powerful bottom end of the Black Dragon IEM V1 has been improved upon. This new stranded, silver-plated copper design is not similar to the silver-plated tinsel wire used in the JH Audio stock JH cables. The purity and density of our conductors are far superior and much more expensive to design, engineer, and produce.
The cable connections and IEM sockets for the JH Audio 4-pin connection style were redesigned by Moon Audio. They were designed for both Astell & Kern and JH Audio IEMs with the 4-pin connection, which included the Angie, Angie II, Rosie, Roxanne, Roxanne II, Layla, and Layla II as well as a bunch of newer models available. This 4-pin connection socket upgrade has improved the durability of the connections and sockets for long-term use and enjoyment. It is much more durable to provide the best possible rock-solid connection.
First, we improved the threaded locking section and the nut. We are now using anodized aluminum for durability and better tolerance. The male and female pins utilize a proprietary metal combination called ARCAP. It is essentially a high-yield copper-based metal that does not contain iron so it is not magnetic. It also has very high tensile strength and is resistant to chemical corrosion. This is very important for those of you who will use the cable and IEMs at the gym or on stage if you are in a band as it will be much more durable and resistant to flex failure from constant movement.
The pins now are also gold-plated and the attenuator pod was improved to provide better tolerances and tracking. The improved markings on the cable help match left to right, and the attenuators are now recessed to prevent them from being accidentally altered. The pod shape is smoother, a new feature of all the overmolds.
We will also offer custom termination options as usual.
With the curve of the cable pointing upward, slide the connector with an "R" marking straight into the right IEM until flush with the shell. Repeat with the "L" marking and the left IEM.
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.
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|Audeze||LCD-i3, LCD-i4, iSINE20, iSINE10, iSINE VR, iSINE LX|
|Aurisonics||ASG-2, ASG-1.5, ASG-2.5, AS-1,|
|Custom Art||Harmony 8, Harmony 8 Pro,|
|Dita||Perpetua, Awesome Truth, The Answer, Dream XLS, The Twins: Fealty, The Twins: Fidelity|
|EarSonics||S-EM6, EM2-iF1, SM64, SM3 v2, SM2 v2, SM1|
|Empire Ears||Bravado MKII, ESR MKII, EVR MKII, Hero, Legend X, Legend EVO, ODIN, Phantom, Valkyrie MKII, Wraith|
|Final Audio||A4000, A3000|
|Fir Audio||Xenon 6, Krypton 5, M5, VxV, Neon 4, M4, X2|
|Flipears||Aiden, Aisha, Aim|
|Future Sonics||MG6 HX, MG5 FX, MG5 HX, MG5 PRO, MG6 PRO|
|In Ear||StageDriver 4, 4s, 3, 3s, 2, 2s, 1, 1s|
|JH Audio||JH 16 Pro, JH 13 Pro, JH 11 Pro, JH10X3 Pro, JH10 Pro, JH7 Pro, JH5 Pro, JH3X, JH5, JH10X3, JH11, AFR, JH13, JH16|
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|Noble Audio||Kublai Khan, Sultan, Khan, Kadence, Jade, DXII, Tux 5, Zephyr|
|Oriolus||Traillii, Szalayi, Mallianus, Crassirostris, Isabellae|
|QDC||Anole VX, 8SS, 8SH, Plus all other models|
|Rooth||LS2, LS3, LS4, LS-X5, LS6, LS8, LS8+|
|SeeAudio||Kaguya, Neo, Bravery, Yume|
|64 Audio||Fourte, U12t, Nio, Duo, U18s, U18t, Trio, U6t, Qi, V2, V3, V6, V6-Stage|
|Symphonium Audio||Helios, Triton,|
|Thie Audio||Monarch MKII, Monarch, Clairvoyance, V16, Voyager, Oracle, Excalibur,|
|Ultimate Ears||UE1 Pro, UE4 Pro, UE7 Pro, UE10 Pro, UE 11 Pro|
|Vision Ears||Phonix, EXT, Elysium, Eve, VE Series|
|Unique Melody||Mason FS Le Jardin, Mason Fabled Sound, Mason FuSang, MEST MKII, Mini MEST, MEST Indigo, Red Halo Fe, UM MEXT, 3D Terminator 3DT, UM Maven, Mavon Pro, UM 3DT, Mentor V3+, Mirage, Miracle 2|
|Westone||ES Series, AC Series, EAS Series, 4R, UM2, UM3X|
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