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Dragon IEM Cables Explained

Moon Audio Dragon IEM Cables with Sennheiser IE900 earphones and Empire Ears ODIN IEMs.

Upgrade Your IEMs Sound with a Dragon IEM Cable

Here at Moon Audio we make Dragon Audio Cables for every audiophile setup and our Dragon IEM Cables will transform the sound of your 2-pin, 4-pin, and MMCX connector IEMs.

Every link in your signal chain is important — From the source device to the headphones and all the way down to the audio cables you use to connect it all. We make audio cables for just about every audiophile setup imaginable and our Dragon IEM Cables are designed specifically with those tiny in-ear monitors in mind. We've designed three IEM cables, a Silver Dragon, Bronze Dragon, and Black Dragon cable that each possess a unique sound signature allowing you to tailor your listening experience and change the coloration of your favorite IEMs.

Check out the end of this blog for a list of all compatible 2-pin, 4-pin IEMs, and MMCX IEMs.

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Silver Dragon IEM V2 Cable

Clear | Detailed

  • 8 x 99.99998% UP-OCC Stranded Silver Conductors with Kelvar reinforcement
  • Available in 2-pin and 4-pin connection
  • Available in MMCX connection
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Bronze Dragon IEM Cable

Musical | Inviting

  • 99.99998% UP-OCC Stranded Copper Conductors with Kelvar reinforcement
  • Available in 2-pin and 4-pin connection
  • Available in MMCX connection
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Black Dragon IEM V2 Cable

Warm | Flexible

  • 8 x 15-18% ratio Silver-Plated Pure Copper Conductors
  • Available in 2-pin and 4-pin connection

Why Dragon IEM Cables?

We always say that the weakest link in your signal chain is the audio cable. It's that exact frame of mind that prompted Moon Audio Owner and Founder Drew Baird, P.E., to create our Dragon Audio Cables.

"We created our cables to provide a solution for connections that aren't standardized. There's no standardization in audio and everybody is using different connectors. So it's about providing the ability for people to connect no matter what and creating adapter systems. Say you've got five different connector types, we can provide a solution so you can connect to anything and starting out that was big more so in portable audio than in-home or any other type of audio setup," said Drew Baird, P.E.

"You'll notice right off the bat when you change out a stock cable, no matter what the product is, headphones or IEMs, you'll get a little bit of extra gain with the Silver Dragon. It's also going to be cleaner and clearer sounding — Think of it as a filter in your house cleaning the air."

"If you've got an IEM that you love, but the top end has a little too much sizzle, the copper conductor Bronze Dragon will smooth that out and add musicality and warmth to everything — Not just the wire, but capacitors and resistors and inductors, everything that's in the electrical circuit has coloration to it."

Silver Dragon IEM Cable

The Silver Dragon is our top-of-the-line flagship audio cable. Starting at $350, it's the most expensive cable in this lineup and that's because of the high-quality materials we proudly use like UP-OCC silver conductors. UP-OCC metals are void of impurities and are optimized for signal transfer and sound quality. The Silver Dragon is the perfect choice for the critical listener who wants the most clear, articulate listening experience. It's designed to maximize the amount of detail, clarity, air, and instrument separation you get from your listening experience. It's made with only the purest UP-OCC silver conductors - that's 99.99998% pure - that clarify instrument separation, increase the soundstage, and find previously lost high and mid-frequency sounds. It's a smooth and clean-sounding cable that will balance warm or dark-sounding IEMs, providing the perfect amount of clarity that delivers an accurate reflection of the music. The bass is tight and well-controlled, with more layers of resolution than any other Dragon Audio Cable we've produced.

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Silver Dragon IEM V2 Cable

The Silver Dragon IEM V2 Cable is compatible with all 2-pin and 4-pin IEMs like Audeze, Empire Ears, JH Audio, Noble Audio, and much more. We enjoy the Silver Dragon with the Empire Ears ODIN but it's ultimately up to personal preference. To accurately convey the sound signatures of our Dragon IEM Cables I'll be pairing the Empire Ears ODIN with each cable in this lineup. The ODIN is a natural, balanced-sounding IEM with incredible bass extension, and the Silver Dragon enhances the clarity and separation of the ODIN while still retaining its uncolored sound signature. You can enjoy the Silver Dragon with all genres but it pairs especially well with classical, jazz, blues, Americana, folk, and other music with lots of nuance and instrumentation.

Silver Dragon MMCX IEM Cable

Not only do we offer the Silver Dragon IEM V2 Cable for 2-pin and 4-pin but we also offer a Silver Dragon IEM Cable with MMCX connectors, which starts at $360, and is made to fit Astell&Kern, Campfire Audio, Meze Audio, Sennheiser, and Shure IEMs. After several years of research and development, we've redesigned and perfected our MMCX IEM Cable to bring a stable and snug-fitting MMCX connection. With a stronger, more reliable design, the new connector is now angled for better comfort. We've also implemented formable tubing that delivers more comfort for eyeglass-wearing.

The Silver Dragon IEM Cable with MMCX connectors is sonically identical to the Silver Dragon IEM V2 Cable — You'll get the same detailed and resolute sound. This cable can be used in a single-ended or balanced design, and the wire is soldered to a connector using high-quality Cardas silver solder. We enjoy pairing the Silver Dragon MMCX IEM Cable with the Sennheiser IE900 earphones, which is an incredibly articulate and detailed IEM. The two paired together are the perfect recipe for crisp, clear vocals and provide great clarity to podcasts, YouTube videos, movie soundtracks, and music streaming.

Bronze Dragon IEM Cable

The Bronze Dragon IEM Cable is full of warmth and musicality. Starting at $200, it's the warmest cable in this lineup that delivers you a fuller, balanced sound with warmth and detail. The Bronze Dragon will improve the presentation of your bright or thin-sounding IEMs, resulting in a musical and inviting sound with a bigger body. Stranded UP-OCC copper conductors warm, expand, and strengthen the bottom end of instruments like bass guitars and cellos, as well as deep vocals. And don't forget, the copper is THIS pure. The Bronze Dragon has enough warmth and fullness to create the muscle needed to round out a flat sound signature. The bass will have more weight to it without being bloated or lush sounding. Enjoy vocal-centric genres, acoustic, folk, blues, Americana, and more with the Bronze Dragon IEM Cable.

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Bronze Dragon IEM Cable

If you want a fuller and more impactful listening experience, upgrade to the Bronze Dragon IEM Cable that's compatible with 2-pin and 4-pin IEMs. The ODIN's presentation is organic and clear and the Bronze Dragon adds warmth to the Empire Ears ODIN while also providing some fullness to the midrange, particularly vocals making them more emotive and rich.

Bronze Dragon MMCX IEM Cable

As mentioned earlier with the Silver Dragon, we've also created a Bronze Dragon IEM Cable with MMCX connectors, starting at $215, so you can enjoy that musical sound with your MMCX IEMs. The Bronze Dragon adds more bottom-end weight to the Sennheiser IE900 IEMs so you get a more impactful bass response and a musical sound that's warm but doesn't muddy the details and clarity.

Black Dragon IEM Cable

The Black Dragon boosts detail while adding bottom-end weight delivering a lush, but not laid-back, sound. The silver-plated copper conductors increase clarity and resolution while providing a bump in warmth and fullness. You get the clarity and detail of the Silver Dragon with the nice warmth and fullness of the Bronze Dragon, all wrapped up into a single IEM Cable. The Black Dragon is great for V-shaped IEMs or bass-light IEMs, adding musicality and warmth while balancing out the higher frequencies and tightening up the bottom end. The detail and expansiveness of the Black Dragon IEM V2 Cable make it a flexible fit for a broad range of musical genres like rock, folk, jazz, classical, and "fun" music like pop.

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Black Dragon IEM V2 Cable

Starting at $200, the Black Dragon IEM Cable is the perfect meld of the Silver and Bronze Dragon sound signatures. It strays away from our traditional design practices of using UP-OCC silver or copper conductors and features a specific ratio of 15-18% silver plating. Typically silver plating on a normal audio cable is about half a percent but the Black Dragon's heavy silver plating serves a purpose. This specific ratio of silver-plated copper conductors enhances the sonic attributes and characteristics of the Black Dragon to its maximum potential. It provides a very smooth, detailed top end with a great sense of presentation that complements just about any IEM no matter the tonality.

Unlike the Silver and Bronze Dragon, our Black Dragon IEM Cable is only available for 2-pin and 4-pin connections, so that means there's no MMCX option available. If you're looking for the sound of the Black Dragon with your MMCX connections, we typically recommend the Bronze Dragon MMCX IEM Cable, but as we always say, everyone hears differently. The Black Dragon is going to boost the Empire Ears ODIN's sound, elevating it from natural and organic to lush and full-sounding. The silver plating will maintain the detail and presentation you get from the ODIN as well. You can reach out to us via the link in the description below for more personalized recommendations.

Compatible IEMs List

Compatible 2-pin IEMs

Alien Ears: C100, C2, C3, CFR3, G8, G10, G12, G16

Audeze: LCD-i3, LCD-i4, iSINE20, iSINE20, iSINE10, iSINE LX, iSINE VR

Aurisonics: ASG-15, ASG-2, ASG-2.5, AS-1

Custom Art: Harmony 8, Harmony 8 Pro

Dita Audio: Awesome Truth, Dream XLS, Perpetua, The Answer, The Twins: Fealty, The Twins: Fidelity

EarSonics: EM2-iF1, S-EM6, SM64, SM1, SM2 v2, SM3 v2

Empire Ears: Bravado MKII, ESR MKII, EVR MKII, Hero, Legend X, Legend EVO, Nemesis, ODIN, Phantom, Raven, Vantage, Valkyrie MKII, Wraith

Etymotic: Evo

Final Audio: A3000, A4000

Fir Audio: e12, Krypton 5, M4, M5, Neon 4, Radon 6, VxV, X2, Xenon 6

Flipears: Aiden, Aim, Aisha

Future Sonics: MG5 FX, MG5 HX, MG5 PRO, MG6 HX, MG6 PRO

In Ear: 1, 1s, 2, 2s, 3, 3s, 4, 4s

INEARZ: Nirvana, Utopia, ZEN 2, ZEN 4 Universal

JH Audio: AFR, JH3X, JH5, JH5 Pro, JH7 Pro, JH10X3 Pro, JH10 Pro, JH10X3, JH11, JH11 Pro, JH13 Pro, JH16, JH16 Pro

Lear: LHF-AE1d BE, LHF-AE1d MKII, LHF-AE1d TI, LUF-BD4-2

Moon Drop: A8, Aria2, Blessing 2, Blessing 2: Dusk, Blessing 3, CHU II, DarkSaber, KATO, KATO (Blue), KXXS, LAN, MAY, S8, Solis, Solis II, SSP, SSR, Starfield, Starfield II, Stellaris, Variations

Noble Audio: DXII, Jade, Kadence, Khan, Kublai, Khan, Spartacus, Stage 3, Sultan, Tux 5, Viking Ragnar, Zephyr

Oriolus: Crassirostris, Isabellae, Mallianus, Szalayi, Traillii

QDC: Anole VX, 8SS, 8SH, Plus all other models

Rooth: LS2, LS3, LS4, LS-X5, LS6, LS8, LS8+

SeeAudio: Bravery, HAKUYA, Kaguya, Neo, Yume, Yume II

64 Audio: Duo, Fourte, Nio, Qi, Trio, U4s, U6t, U12t, U18s, U18t, V2, V3, V6, V6-Stage, Volur

Softears: Cerberus, RS10, RSV, Studio4, Turii Ti

Symphonium Audio: Cimson, Helios, Meteor, Triton

Thie Audio: Clairvoyance, Excalibur, Hype 2, Hype 4, Hype 10, Legacy 2, Legacy 5, Monarch MKII, Monarch, Oracle, Oracle MKII, Prestige LTD, V16, Voyager, Voyager 3, Voyager 14

Ultimate Ears: UE1 Pro, UE4 Pro, UE7 Pro, UE10 Pro, UE 11 Pro

Vision Ears: Elysium, Eve, EXT, Phonix, VE Series

Unique Melody: Mason FS Le Jardin, Mason Fabled Sound, Mason FuSang, Maven Pro, MEST MKII, Mini MEST, MEST MKII, MEST MKIII CF, MEST Indigo, Mentor V3+, Miracle V2, Mirage, Red Halo FE, 3D Terminator 3DT, UM Maven, UM MEXT, UM 3DT

Westone: AC Series, ES Series, EAS Series, 4R, UM2, UM3X


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Compatible 4-pin IEMs

All custom JH Audio IEMs with 4-pin connection, including 13v2, 13v2 Pro, 16v2, 16v2 Pro, Angie, Jolene, Layla, Lola, Roxanne, Sharona, Sheena


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Compatible MMCX IEMs

Astell&Kern: Pathfinder, AK ZERO1

Campfire Audio: Supermoon, Ponderosa, Cascara, Bonneville, Solstice, Equinox, Trifecta 'Astral Plane', Solaris 'Stellar Horizon', Andromeda 'Emerald Sea', Solaris 2020, Andromeda 2020, Ara Vega 2020, Dorado 2020, Andromeda, Solaris, Vega, Dorado, Mammoth, Holocene Honey Sabre

Meze Audio: Advar, Rai Penta, Solo

Sennheiser: IE200, IE300, IE600, IE900

Shure: SE215, SE315, SE425, SE535, SE846, Aonic 4, Aonic 5

Upgrade Your Stock IEM Cable Today

Every Dragon Audio Cable is proudly made in the USA, handcrafted daily in our Cary, NC headquarters. We customize cables for virtually every pair of headphones and IEMs on the market, so if you're ready to upgrade your stock IEM cable then look no further than our Dragon Audio Cables. By providing three sound signature options, you get to choose how you want your IEM to sound. Think of it as giving your IEMs a second life. While you can purchase a new IEM every time you've outgrown the sound of your current pair, give our Dragon IEM cables a try and fall in love with your IEMs all over again. You'll never get tired of your IEM's sound when you can alter the coloration and bounce between.

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