Silver Dragon Headphone Cable V3
The Silver Dragon Headphone Cable Version 3 (V3) is our Top of the Line Headphone Cable. It is a silver conductor based cable and it uses 4 x 99.99998% UP-OCC Stranded Silver 24AWG Teflon insulated stranded conductors.
It can improve the listening enjoyment of most high-end headphones and it has lots of detail, great energy, a fantastic soundstage with lots of air.
The SD V3 is a great candidate for headphones such as Sennheiser HD650 (a darker/warmer sounding can) or such headphones as the Hifiman HE-500, HE-6 and the Audeze LCD-2 and LCD3, which are planar magnetic driver headphones and warmer sounding headphones.
The Silver Dragon Headphone Cable is our Top of the Line Headphone Cable. It is a silver conductor based cable and it uses 4 x 99.99998% UP-OCC Stranded Silver 24AWG Teflon insulated stranded conductors. It can improve the listening enjoyment of most high-end headphones and it has lots of detail, great energy, a fantastic soundstage with lots of air.
It is a great candidate for Darker Sounding headphones or headphones that have a bloated bottom end. For example, headphones such as the Sennheiser HD650 (a darker/warmer sounding can) or headphones like the Hifiman HE-500 and the Audeze LCD-2 & LCD3, which are planar magnetic driver headphones and warmer sounding headphones. The Silver Dragon V3 will add detail and clarity to the top end and provide a cleaner more transparent sound. With closed headphones such as the Denon AH-D7000 & AH-D5000 the Silver Dragon will tighten up the bottom end and control the bass better.
The Silver Dragon V3 is not a good choice for a thin sounding headphone like the AKG K701. Nor is it a good choice for a forward sounding headphone such as the Grado RS-1, which is very much like a studio monitor or an up close and personal sound. However, there are still folks out there that are detail freaks and want to push or tip things more forward so we have actually re-cabled both of these examples with the Silver Dragon V3. As Drew explains, it just depends on what you are trying to do and your affinity for sound. Lastly, the Silver Dragon V3 is also a good choice for a phone that has a bloated bottom end like the Ultrasone Pro 900. It will tighten up the bass and make it more defined.
We have improved the Silver Dragons conductor's properties in this Version 3 cable as these conductors are free from impurities and have virtually no crystal boundaries. The conductors have almost no distortion compared to ordinary silver conductors. Each conductor is made up of a special varying sized stranded geometry. The silver strandings are mixed with Kevlar standing's to reinforce the conductor making it stronger overall and less prone to failure due to the harsh constant flexing that headphone cables experience.
Each conductor is encapsulated in a Teflon casing. The conductors are then surrounded by cotton and a thin layer of aluminum foil. It is then protected by a 100% coverage silver plated copper secondary shield and placed in a polyethylene jacket for further protection. To improve it's flexibility, we are no longer using a Techflex jacketing as we did with our previous versions.
A variety of connection options are available for your downstream connection such as the mini plug, RCA, XLR and a whole host of others. We custom build these in house to your connection specifications. 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.
We also recently added some specialized "Silver Dragon V3" cables for certain headphone models and brands. See these links for more information:
I ordered a Silver Dragon v3 with 4 pin Male Neutrik Gold XLR for my HD650 and took the plunge. Out of the box, the infamous Sennheiser "veil" was eliminated, and the overall sound of the headphones became clearer, more detailed, more open. Fortunately, bass was not sacrificed, either. Gone was the semi-bloated and blurry bass of the HD650, and in its place was bass just as impactful, yet cleaner. Macro and micro detail retrieval was kicked up more than just a couple of notches with this upgrade.
I use my headphones with an AURALiC Taurus MkII headphone amp fed by a Schiit Gungnir Multi-Bit DAC. Music comes either from vinyl, CD, or FLAC files from my PC.
I'm extremely satisfied with this purchase - so much so that I will be ordering a Black Dragon cable upgrade for my Focal Elex shortly.
4 months ago