Black Dragon Premium Cable for Focal Utopia Headphones

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$425.00
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Black Dragon V2 Premium Focal Utopia headphone cable is an excellent upgrade for your Focal Utopia headphones.

The premium Black Dragon includes premium connectors that both look and sound amazing!

It is extremely smooth sounding with great low end and wonderful voicing.

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Quality You Can Trust

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 Premium Difference

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 Mudorf 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 nirvana.

Black Dragon Sound Signature

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.

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Cable Design

This cable is warmer in nature than our Silver Dragon Premium Focal Utopia V3 headphone cable. It is extremely smooth sounding with great low end and wonderful voicing. It is not a laid-back, lush, or dark sounding cable.

It smooths out the top end, making it a little less analytical and a little more natural-sounding. It also adds bottom end weight to the lower frequencies and provides a fuller sound and wider soundstage.

The difference between the Standard Black Dragon V2 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 bringing you closer to audio nirvana.

Hear the Difference

Most stock headphone cables are made of poor ultra thin conductors that work as a bottleneck for the sound but the Black Dragon V2 cable uses 4 x 21.5AWG Teflon insulated stranded conductors using pure single crystallized UP-OCC pure copper with 7N purity 99.99998%. Yes, you will be able to hear and see the difference in our hand-crafted cables!

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 Body is PVDF Fluoropolymer insulation with a Specially designed cable strain relief.

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Hack Your Headphones

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.


Press and Reviews

HiFi Plus Review
HiFi+

by Chris Martens
Jun. 2017

Cable Design

Conductors
4 x 21.5AWG
Material
99.99998% UP-OCC Copper
Construction
Varying Size Stranding
Solder
Mudorf MSolder SUPREME Silver-Gold mix
Shielding
Aluminum Foil, Braided Wire Shield
Jacket
Black Polyethylene
Format
Dual Entry (Y-type)
Connector
Lemo 2-pole B Series

Features

Black Dragon
Application
Fullsize Headphone
Sound Signature
Warm & Musical
Break-In Time
40 Hours

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September 5, 2019
Purchased
1 month ago
Simply " AMAZING"
I don't have enough adjectives to describe how much of an improvement in SQ this cable provides. I'm very pleased. Just simply Amazing. Just earned another loyal customer.
August 26, 2019
Purchased
2 months ago
Black versus Silver Dragon Cables for Utopia
I’ve owned the Black Dragon V2 with 4 pin XLR for my HD800 since July 2016 when I purchase both and have been extremely pleased with that combo. I also have 2 Black Dragon V2 4 pin XLR to ¼” adapters – the longer of the two for use with my home theater. I historically stayed away from silver involved designs always buying into the usual verbal description of silver being thin and bright sounding, just the opposite of what I like in my sound. Recently the curiosity bug got the better of me and I bought 2 identical 3 meter lengths of 4 pin XLR connector Black and Silver Premium Dragon’s from Moon Audio fitted for my Utopia which is certainly not lightweight in the bass and very extended in the highs (as far up as my hearing goes anyway). I also bought a Silver Dragon 4 pin to ¼ inch adapter so I can so I can run all silver to with any of my amps and home theater. I used one of the several burn-in CD’s available for no more than say12 hours play time on each over 2 nights before I started listening comparisons. The difference between the 2 cables was not subtle but it was not a “this one’s good, that one’s bad” conclusion I came to.
Not surprisingly to me the midranges were similar but the Black is slightly recessed (giving it a sense of a deeper sound stage and the Silver is slightly forward and images are more sharply drawn. I hear the Silver as more transparent, especially on vocals, and maybe I was being influenced by the Silver’s delivery over the copper at the frequency extremes because at the frequency extremes I found them more different. The Silver Dragon was tightly controlled in the mid-bass and bottom bass going all the way down revealing a little more fine detail than the all copper Black Dragon with my Utopia but never sounding dry or lacking impact. The Black went just as deep but generated more air which added in nicely, but that air tended to slightly obscure some of that very fine detail in the bottom octaves I was getting with the Silver. I actually almost expected something along these lines. It was the highs where my expected results were completely reversed.
My pet peeve with any reproduced classical music is a tendency for high strings and horns to get a glazing resonance that I would visually describe as “ghosting” as seen in the good ole’days of B&W TV’s with rabbit ears, but much more subtle. In the concert hall I’ve heard certain combinations of held high notes on violins and horns combined simultaneously that give a similar, but not as cringe-worthy effect as I hear with many of my orchestral music recordings. I always chalked it up to the recording quality in most cases, microphone resonances, too much gain on a spotlight mic from the recording booth, a resonance in my transducer(s), a hall resonance, and as many other excuses as I could come up with.
But the Silver sounded significantly cleaner to my ears and sounded more extended with sharper transient attack and decay than the all copper Black Dragon on my Utopia in the highs. It was smooth with no more edginess than the Black on a lot of my usually suspect recordings. Maybe the Silver is even smoother.
I think the Black Dragon on my HD800 is just the right combo and wouldn’t consider a Silver Dragon for it as I think the HD 800 needs all the oomph it can get on the bottom and I don’t think its highs will be better served with the Silver over the Black Dragon sound.
I’m thinking next up I’ll purchase an HD800 S with Silver Dragon Premium and see what shakes out. If it turns out to be too hot in the highs I could send it in to Moon to replace the 800 type connectors for my Abyss (I think that combination could be very complimentary to my tastes). I’ll need to spend more time listening to some of my 60’s and 70’s classical labels that had a tendency to be thin on bottom and hot on top, especially as the years progressed and more current electronics became more linear and transparent. But in the 70’s the gear of those days made those recordings sound just fine on my AR3a’s. I may just hang on to the Black for Utopia for that reason or have it retrofitted for HD800 / S if the Silver is too intense.
Let me close by saying in additional to the above comments, the Dragons are very light, very flexible, very low in microphonics, and easy to dress, especially given that I buy 3 meter lengths on almost all HP cables, better too much than too little, especially if one likes to watch movies with HP’s on a 60” or plus sized screen. The Dragon’s are also among the most reasonably priced I’ve seen (especially the Silver’s), and they are well put together with quality connectors. The price difference between the Black and Silver isn’t really that much, especially when compared to other brands with offerings of copper, silver, or hybrids that are generally many times more expensive. It’s more a matter of personal preference as to which will be better.
August 13, 2019
Purchased
2 months ago
Game changer for the Utopia
This cable accomplished exactly what these headphones needed in my system. The factory supplied cable augmented their extended highs to a point of sounding ever so slightly shrill. They also had a tip up in the upper midrange that interrupted some of the natural warmth of voices. The bass, while deep, was soft and not as tight as I desire.

Enter the Black Dragon. The warmth returned the highs, while still extended in a wonderful way, were tamed. The bass is deep and tight and I am not even through break in.

This great headphone is now world class in my system. Associated gear includes a Holo Audio Spring 2 Dac through a NAD 50.2 streamer and an Audio Valve OTL tube amp. Wow....Moon Audio does it again. Thanks
July 13, 2019
Purchased
2 months ago
Improvement!
Better than the stock cable.
This should be the last step in your upgrade process.
Make sure you already have a great DAC, Amp, etc first..
“No ragrets” :-)
June 9, 2019
Purchased
4 months ago
I have several cables for Utoipa headphones, but this is the one for Utopia. There might be other cables make sound better than this one of course, if your amplifying device is not THA3.. But I think this is the best for Utopia and THA3.
May 31, 2019
Purchased
10 months ago
Good but maybe not exceptional
It is very smooth, but maybe too much bass sometimes. Overall this combination of headphone and cable is very analytical, great with good recordings but really shows the limitations with sub par recordings.

The product is well made, but the cable is quite firm and shiny and does not always lay comfortably during use, which reduces comfort slightly.
May 8, 2019
Purchased
6 months ago
A worthwhile upgrade though cable is rather stiff and will kink up if not coiled and stored properly.
SOUNDS VERY GOOD WITH A MORE DEFINITIVE BASS FROM STOCK CABLE AND EXTRA LONG CABLE MAKES WANDERING FROM BASE UNIT A BREEZE.
May 7, 2019
Purchased
5 months ago
Slower sounding than Stock Cable!
I think audiophiles should deem sound accuracy as top priority. I own numerous Silver Dragons and love them but found them sometimes to be a tad bright on lesser than stellar digital sources. The Focal Utopias are known to be slightly bright for some so I wanted give the Black Dragons a try. This cable is very nicely made and terminated. However, I found the bass not as tight and overall sound to be slightly laidback from the stock cable. It did not have the overall spark and speed compare to the stock. No doubt this would appeal to many "personal preference" listeners but not quite what I'm looking for.
October 11, 2018
Worth it
Like other reviews said, these warm up the utopia sound, esp in bass and mids and take it from good to transparently great. A huge improvement over the good stock cable.
February 1, 2018
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