Silver Dragon Premium Cable for HiFiMan Headphones V3
The Silver Dragon Premium Cable for HiFiMan headphones is a Premium version of our award-winning Silver Dragon. It will work on most 2.5mm female headphone sockets such as those used on the Hifiman headphones. It fits the HiFiMan Arya, Ananda, HE5se, HE6se, HE1000se, HE1000 V2, Edition X, HE-560, Susvara, and Sundara headphones.
This cable is also excellent for Audeze headphones which are also planar magnetic. You can see the Premium Audeze version here.
The Silver Dragon 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, and a fantastic soundstage with lots of air.
This Premium cable is excellent for the HiFiMan HE-1000 headphones and includes premium Furutech Rhodium Connectors to enhance the look, feel and listening pleasure of all your hifi music sessions. Higher grade Silver Solder is used and all connectors are treated.
The difference between the Standard Silver Dragon and the Premium Silver 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 terms of bring you closer to audio nirvana.
"The...Silver Dragon cables…brought me closer to the music…to what I hear in live performances...The air and separation of the musicians and instruments were more noticeable. Vocals became crisper and the transparency increased...I forgot about the cables and just enjoyed the music," Frank Iacone, Positive Feedback, Issue 73, May/June 2014
Moon Audio has improved the conductor properties on the Silver Dragon Headphone Cable V3 over the previous Version 2 as these conductors are free from impurities and have virtually no crystal boundaries. The conductors have almost no distortion compared to ordinary silver conductors. The previous version used 4 x 99.998% Ultra Pure Silver 24AWG Teflon insulated stranded conductors. Therefore, we have stepped up the purity to the purist available by today's technology. The Silver Dragon Headphone Cable Version 3 (V3) uses 4 x 99.99998% UP-OCC Stranded Silver 24AWG Teflon insulated stranded 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 cable 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.
For the Silver Dragon V3 Premium version, we are using the Furutech FT-610 connector. Furutech’s beautifully finished, beautiful sounding CF-H800 connectors are the result of meticulous engineering and careful audition of various suitable materials. The FT-610 features an α (Alpha) phosphor bronze conductor and Nylon+Fiberglass 15% insulation for minimal impedance and a nonmagnetic stainless and carbon fiber finished main body and nonmagnetic stainless end ring for superior damping. The Pins are Nonmagnetic Rhodium-plated α (Alpha) Phosphor bronze conductors.
The wire is soldered to the connector with high quality silver solder. The default 1/4" Plug is the new Furutech CF-763. Furutech’s beautifully finished, beautiful sounding CF-763 connectors are the result of meticulous engineering and careful audition of various suitable materials. The CF-763 features an Nonmagnetic Rhodium-plated α (Alpha) phosphor bronze conductor and Fluoropolymer insulation for minimal impedance and a nonmagnetic stainless and carbon fiber finished housing for superior damping.
For XLR connections there are 2 choices. The FP-601M（R) XLR which uses a Beryllium copper and phosphor bronze α (Alpha) Conductor: the body is a Copper alloy with PVDF Fluoropolymer insulation. The second choice is the top of the line CF-601M（R）XLR which utilizes an α (Alpha) Beryllium copper and phosphor bronze Rhodium-plated Conductor with Carbon fiber and nonmagnetic stainless steel housing. The Body is PVDF Fluoropolymer insulation with a Specially designed cable strain relief.
One big con, though. The cable was shipped to me in a soft mailer envelope with no padding via USPS, which was crammed into my fairly large mailbox but still bent and stressed the cables. Very poor packaging for shipping $500 cables. Other high end cable companies (TCC) ship even much less expensive cables in boxes through UPS (doorstep instead of mailbox).
The difference between the Silver Dragons and the stock cable is NOT subtle. An analogy that comes to mind is walking outdoors and lifting the beanie off the ears- suddenly a whole world of distant sounds comes in - birdsong, leaf rustle, snails munching(!). In short, the Silver Dragons deliver in spades. What is most likeable about them is how they show the HiFiMan HE 1000 to be the remarkable design it really is. Recorded music no longer seems constrained in any way.
Whilst my system could be considered an ultimate reference (the headphone amp is a Goldmund Telos), it does provide an opportunity for a prolonged, exacting test. Consequently I am glad to say that not only was my (considerable) investment not wasted, it repays me handsomely each time I delve into my music collection.
The HE-1000 has an issue in the upper-mid frequency range that causes snare drums to lack impact when using the stock cable. Songs where a snare figures prominently are under-represented in the mix because the leading edge of the snare's wave for some reason wasn't sharp.
This cable corrected that issue and rights the snare in the mix. I'm not a cable-head but this is one situation where a cable made a major improvement.
Very happy with their performance on both pair of cans (Hifiman HE560 & HE1000) !!!!!!
Lets the natural treble colour, space and air of instruments shine through. Such cabling is indispensable to hear what the HE-1000 can truly do, as well as other fine components upstream.
Vocals & instruments are more real and palpable. Music making comes alive with more subtlety, expression & colour.
The presentation has a great deal more clarity, depth , and dimensionality. Silver Dragons reveal the great heights to which the HE-1000 can scale.
The Silver Dragon's positive impact is greatest in the HE-1000's case, due to the relative inflexibility of the stock 1/4" cable. Keep up the great work :-)