Designed specifically for the Audeze EL-8 headphones, this Silver Dragon cable 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.
Silver Dragon is fantastic for Jazz, Blues, and Americana or for those critical listeners that enjoy hearing the nuances in sound. It will help bring excitement to a dry or laid-back headphone and will also slightly increase the gain based on the extremely low resistance of the conductor. It is a cleaner, more resolute sound and it does not thin out the sound of the EL-8, but rather controls and tightens it up. Bass notes are snappier and tight.
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 (stock) 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 offices 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 Silver Dragon is the original cable. Silver strands clarify instrument separation, increase soundstage, and find previously lost high and mid-frequency sounds. Transients appear more cohesive and the bass tighter for a more controlled sound. The detail and clarity of the Silver Dragon make it a perfect match for classical music and other genres with many nuanced instruments.
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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.
This cable is specifically terminated with connectors for the Audeze EL-8 series of headphones. We also offer a DIY connector option for our crafty customers.
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 EL-8, 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 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 recabled 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 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 stranding's 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 connectors using high quality Cardas silver solder.
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.