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Silver Dragon Headphone Cable V3

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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.


$275.00

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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 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.

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.

We also recently added some specialized "Silver Dragon V3" cables for certain headphone models and brands.  See these links for more information:

Silver Dragon V3 Premium Audeze Headphone CableSilver Dragon V3 Ultrasone Headphone Cable and the Silver Dragon V3 Shure Headphone Cable.

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Drew's Recommendations

Drew recommends the Audeze LCD-2Audeze LCD-3 or the Sennheiser HD650 as excellent headphones to pair with the Silver Dragon.

The April Music Eximus DP1 DAC and the Bryston BHA-1 Balanced Headphone Amplifier are excellent desktop amplifiers to match with these headphones.

Reviews

Opened up my LCD2s!Review by Jack
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I bought the V3 Dragon's after discussing the Audeze's lovely, textured, but dark and closed-in sound with Drew.

He recommended the Dragons, which really opened and lightened them up! Sound is open, but NOT bright.

I HATE bright!

Listening to Punch Brothers cut "Familiarity" from The Phosphorescent Blues CD (great headphone CD BTW) really was mind-blowing with the addition of the SD V3 cables.

It's a very worthwhile upgrade. And build quality with Furutech connectors is amazing! (Posted on 3/8/2017)
Wow!Review by Peter G.
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I bought the Silver Dragon cable to replace the stock cable that came with my HiFiman 4 headphones. After many years of using dynamic headphones the 4s were my first pair of planars, and I loved them. Still do, but even more. The stock cable was warm and quite listenable, but slightly fuzzy; the imaging was good overall, but the placement of individual instruments seemed to lack a precise focus.

I had no way of knowing whether this was the cable, or the headphones themselves, or something else, but after noticing a slight but audible increase in clarity after upgrading the power cords for the amplifier and CD player I decided to try upgrading the headphone cable, and after reading around on the net I bought the Silver Dragon terminated for the HiFiman 4s and the 1/4" gold stereo plug.

The first time I hooked it up it was Wow! What a difference! The fuzziness was completely gone, and the overall warmth, which I now realize had been masking the very specific timbre of individual instruments, was also gone. The Silver Dragon is very neutral in its presentation, which allows the tonality of, say, period instruments to come through. They sound, I tell myself, more like what they are. No more saccharine. Voices are liquid and involving, brass is brassy as hell when it's supposed to be, etc etc. Long story short, the Silver Dragon has opened a new sonic window into my ever-growing CD collection, and I love it.

For the record, I listen to mostly classical, opera, some jazz; my headphone amp is a Schiitt Lyr, front end is a Cayin CD player with built-in DAC, interconnects are MIT 330 Plus, power cords are Pangea AC9 and 14. (Posted on 2/16/2017)
Best choice for MDR-Z1R and MDR-Z7!Review by H.Aki
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Shipping: Arrived in Japan from the US in 4 days!!

Sound: I tried silver Dragonv3 with Sony MDR-Z1R,
- Bass is tight compared to the standard cable.
- Treble is now more extended.
- It is the clear overall sound

It is very great cable. This cable is ideal for MDR-Z1R and MDR-Z7! (Posted on 2/16/2017)
Transforms MomentumsReview by John W.
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Easy to make a direct comparison with stock cable for Momentum 2s into a Pono, since Momentums are unbalanced. Listened to stock, swapped out. Thump of bass became a melodic line. Entire frequency range had more detail, more flow. Costs almost as much as the cans, but they become something different and vastly better. Completely worth the money. (Posted on 2/16/2017)
Sony Mdrz7Review by Jorge G.
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Excellent built quality and just magical sound. The Mdrz7 are really amazing sounding cans, but Sony droped the ball with the stock cable. This fixes that and makes everything open up. Just wait about 60hrs before doing some serious listening. Will do business with these guys again. Thanks. (Posted on 2/16/2017)
An excellent upgrade cable for the Fostex TH900 MKIIReview by Jon from UWS NYC
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To be honest, I purchased the Silver Dragon V3 cable because the one that came with my new Fostex closed-back cans was too long for my intended purpose (4+ hour-long flights with an I7 2-in-1, 1 Tb SSD with 500 Gb of lossless music files through a Chord Mojo).

It seemed simplest to buy a shorter cable from Moon Audio, since I had recently bought the Fostex and Mojo from them. I was both surprised and VERY impressed by the improvement in sound.

The Silver Dragons were much airier and spatial-sounding, while having the slightly darker tonal edge that I prefer (think HD650 vs HD800, and why so many of us still prefer the former).

I highly recommend the upgrade! (Like any cable change, give it a few weeks to "burn in.") (Posted on 10/15/2016)
Magical Re-Cable for Grado's Legendary PS-1 HeadphoneReview by Emil S.
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Been meaning to write this review for some time now.

A few months ago I sent all of my Grado's (HF2, PS-1 & PS-1000) to Drew for re-cabling and getting my PS1000s modded with Drew's Detachable HD800 connector mod.

I sent in my beloved and my favorite Grado, the PS-1, to Drew to get its worn out and kinked stock cable removed in favor of the Silver Dragon with a 4 Pin XLR Termination.

The areas the PS-1 needed a little help in was air and upper extension and tighter sub bass. Since it is a darker and more laid back headphone, but an extremely musical one. Silver was the ideal choice for me.

When i got my PS-1's back it was like listening to a different headphone! My gear had not changed at all.

The PS-1's dynamics and musicality remained but with the improved transparency, clarity and air it needed. And the bass was not only tighter and more controlled but it went even lower than before! YES, deep well defined bass with silver. A testament not only to the PS-1's amazing drivers and design, but the Moon Audio Silver Dragon itself.

Thanks to opting for a balanced termination with the top grade Furutech 4 Pin XLR, the sound stage and imaging was also much, much better. And with the L Cushion Bowls, Mind you!

The PS-1 one was already really good, but not this good. Wow!

Only thing I regret was not doing it sooner!

The entire purchase experience was ultra smooth, communication was easy and I received my headphones back the same week!

Top notch product from a top notch company.

Highly Recommended!!! (Posted on 8/13/2016)
Genetic match for the Nighthawk!Review by Canhead
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Attention Audioquest Nighthawk owners: If you want to lift that troublesome veil of darkness from these strange and wonderful cans (and let's face it, it's there), you owe it to yourself to upgrade to the Silver Dragons.

Really, it's like a DNA match -- it transformed the sound for me, bringing the vocals forward and making the mids pop. (Posted on 7/2/2016)
Incredible Improvement to my Musical Enjoyment.Review by John May
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After having first experienced the Silver Dragon V3 Portable Mini Cable in my system and the sonic improvement it immediately created playing both Hi-Res downloads and my own ripped CD's, I ordered the Silver Dragon V3 Headphone Cable and can only state that it created significant additional improvements in the sonic transparency of all the music played.

After burning-in the cable with alternating white and pink noise programs for only 24 hours, and then performing some critical listening over several hours... I can unequivocally state that there were greater, and very subtle, sonic improvements to the soundstage, clarity, detail and musicality of each album played; albeit not equally for every album, which I must attribute to the initial recording parameters.

Nonetheless, the overall improvement in the system and, more important to me, the musicality of all the songs played...from Classic Rock, Jazz and Classical albums, to live cast recordings of Broadway musicals and accoustic performances by popular artists... after adding the Silver Dragon V3 Headphone Cable has been nothing short of amazing.

I would add the Silver Dragon V3 Headphone Cable to any system, regardless of type, or cost, as it will most certainly create sonic improvements in, and the renewed enjoyment of, the music listening experience.

The Silver Dragon V3 Headphone Cable is indespensible for truly appreciating the musicality in a system.

Very Highly Recommended. (Posted on 2/17/2016)
My cans showed their true potential when adding Silver Dragons to the audio chainReview by HD800owner
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I have to sell my CH800S for my Sennheiser HD800s now...

The Silver Dragon Headphone Cable V3 provided my cans with lots of air and VERY good separation of instruments, as well as a crisper resolution. They are more transparent, and if you listen to the right recordings, preferably high-res ones of course, you can also have a holographic experience. And that is amazing to listen to!

The CH800S lacked all of this, and as someone here has said before, I regret that I didn't purchase these cables much earlier, and that I've used the stock HD800 cables for so long.

I also have these for my HD 650. And the improvement is the same here as stated above. Although they're not in the same league as the HD800s they please my ears more now than ever before. Improved soundstage, transparency, imaging, resolution, and so on. The boosted treble also make them more lively and pleasant to listen to.

Having Silver Dragons only in your entire audio system will give you the best result if you're after the sound of these.

The best purchase I've made in a long time!

Thank you, Moon Audio. (Posted on 2/10/2016)
The warm sound of the Audeze LCD-3 remains with the Silver Dragon V3 cable.Review by Hans
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Shipping: It took 5 days to ship it from the US to my front door in The Netherlands which is really fast.

Packaging: Well protected, nicely packed. I received the silver dragon in perfect condition.

Sound: The setup is a moon-mind 280D DAC/streamer, Violectric HPA V281 headphone amp and Audeze LCD-3 headphone. I listen to my own collection via NAS and streaming from TIDAL to mainly jazz, trip hop and lounge music.
Buying the silver dragon was a sort of gambling thing because I was not able to try them out here in The Netherlands. I was doubting between the black and silver dragon. Reason was that I was afraid the warm sound of the LCD-3 (which I love) would disappear and "S"-sounds in vocals would be present using the silver cable.

After about 80 hours burning-in, the magic was there. The warm mids remained but there was more air and it was better positioned. I noticed a pleasant gain in the high frequencies without getting sharp or annoying. The lows remained fine and are more refined.

Am I happy with the silver dragon V3?

Absolutely and I recommend them for the LCD-3s. It's a great looking cable which just sounds fine.

(Posted on 1/7/2016)
Best Sound Improvement EverReview by Adrian B
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So pleased to report that this cable is the best investment ever!

I know that my factory default Ultrasound Pro cable was not low quality either. Therefore, I was not very sure about a Moon Audio mod and upgrade.

I am so glad I did!

What a difference!! My headphones simply opened up. The bass is deeper now and the highs are so crisp. Surreal!

Thank you, Moon Audio! (Posted on 10/24/2015)
Silver Dragon + HD800 = STUNNING!Review by tjkoch1999
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As a first time owner of Sennheiser HD800's I was lured into the CH800S cable trap. I wish I would have picked up the Silver Dragon for the HD800's first.

The Silver Dragon presented a very open and detailed sound stage. Overall construction was outstanding. Looking forward to upgrading other cable connects in my system.

Thanks for giving audiophiles a true alternative to the high $$$$ cables. (Posted on 10/4/2015)
Silver Dragon improved my AKG 812 Review by Komomai
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Aloha Drew, received the Silver Dragons for my AKG 812 and I love them, to me they have improved everything to make me just enjoy the music and isn't that what we are all looking for? My setup is in my bedroom with a Bakoon, and A&K 240, and AKG 812. This puts me in a great mood to fall asleep to.

Also bought the Silver Dragon for my Shure SE 846 and this has made my SE 846's really sing, now I can justify spending a grand for these IEM's.

Mahalo, Drew for lifting the veil and exposing the music. (Posted on 6/13/2015)
Cables are superbReview by Bruce R
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Hi, I am using Silver Dragon Cables with Mr Speakers Alpha Prime Headphones.

The cables are superb. Not only more transparent, but vivid and holographic. Just to make sure, I went back to the stock cables. It's not my imagination, the Silver Dragons deliver the music with more life. Like being there. Am totally pleased with the cables.

Thanks, Bruce Ross. (Posted on 5/23/2015)
Very PleasedReview by sg
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Great company. Reasonable prices. Great product. (Posted on 5/22/2015)
Sorry I didn't buy this cable firstReview by Michael
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I have the Senn HD650 and I love 'em. Great midrange with an extended bass, But I first bought the Cardas Cross Cable replacement, and it developed an intermittent in the right channel. But had it not, I would still have been dissatisfied, as the cable failed to resolve the dark midrange issue. I don't want "in your face" cans, but I knew going in that the Senn HD650 presented an image that sounded like sitting midway back in the concert hall. I wanted to move closer!

So I sent the defective Cardas cable back and I have now been using the Moon Audio Silver Dragon with the Furutech 1/2 inch phone plug for the past few days. I am immediately impressed with the shorter burn-in time. 48 hours or so was all it took, as out of the package I thought the Silver Dragon cable was too bright and a bit strident in the upper midrange.
Still, it tamed the bass and offered a glimpse of greater soundstage and air around solo instruments.

After burn-in, what a difference! The midrange is so wonderfully smooth and defined, and brought just a bit forward, like sitting closer to the stage in a hall. The fabled HD650 darkness is now a thing of the past. The Silver Dragon cable offers a more analytic sound, as instruments are brought into clearer focus. The Senn HD650 cans are now the best combination of detail, musicality and soundstage.

One other thing: The solid and substantial Furutech plug feels heavy and durable, but it protrudes about four inches from the headphone jack. So be forewarned, if you are short on space. (Posted on 5/2/2015)
Opened up my AK240Review by Andrew M
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After replacing my Audeze cable some time ago, I decided to go Silver Dragon for my HD650's and also the iem version for my Shure SE 846's. I ordered them with the mini 4 pin xlrs so I could use adapters and at the same time got a balanced connection as an adapter to connect in with the AK240.

The difference is not small. Definitely opened up the sound stage and the high end and mid range seem way clearer both in balanced and single ended mode. The iem cable is also less cumbersome than the stock shure one even with the adapter and as someone who travels this is quite a plus.

Good price point for what you get sound-wise and good turnaround on the pieces and answering of the silly questions from the luddite (me). (Posted on 4/28/2015)
Awesome Cable!Review by Ginman
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Hi, I paired the cable to my HD 650. I previously had a Headphile Senn V2 BlackSilver cable. Whilst the Senn V2 cable was a great improvement over the stock cable, the Silver Dragon gave the HD 650 a more refined sound. Bass was tighter and some of the noise on the higher frequencies seem to have been removed so it was a subtle but welcome improvement.

I am very happy with the Silver Dragon and very pleased with the fast delivery to Australia. I received the cable within a week of ordering so very expedient!

My only complaint is the price when converted to $AUD but otherwise a great cable and certainly pairs very well with the HD 650 to give a very high end sound. (Posted on 4/25/2015)
superbReview by tynyanskikh
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The Silver Dragon Headphone Cable Version 3.
it's superb. it's enough. (Posted on 4/1/2015)
Why did I wait so long?Review by Rob
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I have had the Sennheiser hd650 since it first came out (roughly 2004), and purchased the Cardas upgrade cable when it became available. While certainly a sturdy cable, I'm not sure it did anything for the sound, but I kept it anyway for its durability.

I know the sound of this headphone intimately, and the addition of the Silver Dragon Headphone Cable V3 has brought the music into sharper focus and greater clarity. It has not substantially altered the warmth which these phones are known for, and which I find so endearing.

The silver dragon cable has definitely improved my phones' performance, with no negative effects. Well done, Drew! (Posted on 3/25/2015)
Very good cableReview by Xuechao
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I bought this cable for my Denon D7100 at first.

However, I think it work more perfect with the headphones like MDR-Z7.

Maybe because the silver cable make the sound thiner.

In all, the quality of the cable is really good and the price is a little bit high. (Posted on 2/25/2015)
Excellent upgrade for Audeze LCD-2Review by Eric
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The Silver Dragon cable is a worthwhile upgrade from the stock cable for my Audeze LCD-2.

Much more clarity. Also, less than 10 hours break-in before delivering a smooth sound. (Posted on 1/11/2015)
I couldn't ask for moreReview by lbottan
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Service is excellent, price is fair, quality of the product is top!

I have Audeze LCD-X, Sony ZX1 and Sony PHA-3 amp. This amp also has balanced headphone output but with normal mini jack connectors ... almost impossible to find a cable on the market!

Sony made it for their new balanced cans but of course the connection is different than Audeze.

I wrote to moon-audio and they added this option to the available connections within 24 hrs! Really, this is very good service.

I received the cable (in Italy) 2 weeks later and it definitely improved the SQ of my system.

Honestly, I was skeptical about custom cables effects and real improvements... now I am so convinced that i just ordered from Moon-Audio a cable for my IEMs!!!! (Posted on 12/18/2014)
Audeze's must have Silver Dragon upgrade!Review by Eric
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When I got my Audeze lcd-3 and plugged it in for it's maiden run, I certainly wasn't in for a disappointment, but that's exactly what I got. Muddy and overpowered bass response, annoying frequencies in the upper mids and lack of coherency.

Thinking of sending the headphones back I realized that I ordered a pair of upgrade cables here at Moon Audio. They call them the Silver dragon V3 and were supposed to be the best upgrade for these cans, so fortunately they were already on their way to my house. I decided to give the Lcd-3's one more try before sending them back and boy am I glad I did.

The sound was more open, details came out better, bass was finally under control, treble was smoother and gone were the annoying frequencies.

Now I can finally live as a HAPPY Audeze owner :-)

Thanks for this great cable and lightning fast overseas (Netherlands/Europe) service Drew.

Best regards, Eric de Jong. (Posted on 12/12/2014)
Love this cableReview by Rico
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I added the Silver Dragon V3 to my LCD-3 Fazor headphones a couple months ago. The improved SQ was dramatic. The V3 made the LCD-3 sound like an entirely new 'high-end' headphone.

Another nice thing about the V3 is the quick burn-in time. The Silver Dragon V3 sounded fabulous after perhaps only 30 hours compared to hundreds of hours for other silver cables. (Posted on 9/3/2014)
ExcellentReview by SRH1840
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I bought this cable for my Shure SRH1840. It simply changed the whole character of this headphone!
Its soundstage became bigger and more 3D. I started to hear lots of unheard instruments. This cable certainly gives more detail and clarity.
I highly recommend this cable to anyone who wants to discover unlocked potential of their Shure SRH1840.
(Posted on 8/26/2014)
Great cableReview by Jag
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This is my 3rd Silver Dragon cable and each one has been outstanding.

This is a 4-pin XLR used to pair LCD-2's with the new Violectric V281 amp and the combo is excellent.

Drew, thanks for doing what you do. (Posted on 8/6/2014)
Being able to listen to your music with fresh ears...Priceless!!!Review by Kenny Gulag
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I went into Moon Audio last week, since I'm local, and I purchased the HiFi Man HE-600 that I've been wanting for quite some time. I also asked Drew to outfit them with his Silver Dragon V3, for my portable rig, which consisted of my Fiio X-5 and my relatively old Max Headroom Micro Amp.

Almost as an afterthough,t I also asked him for a Silver Dragon V3 connector from the Fiio and the Max Headroom Amp, and I am glad I did! I went home and immediately started the burn in process of the the new HiFi Man headphones which I barely paid any mind to other than to say they already sounded amazing straight out of the box.

Then, I turned my attention to my rather old set up, the Fiio, Max Headroom and Sennheiser HD650's (both purchased back in '07). It was like a veil being lifted and I could see clearly in front of me is the only way to describe the sound quality from my rig.

I've always bought good cables in the past but these are ridiculous. With each album I listen to, it's like I'm listening to it again for the very first time.

The Silver Dragon's are that good! (Posted on 7/29/2014)
WonderfulReview by Ben
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I have the Audeze LCD-X and the Silver Dragon V3 really shines on this headphone. This is how to make a very good Audeze headphone even better. Compared to the stock cable (which is not a bad at all) you immediately hear more details, a larger soundstage, the treble and the bass are both more defined and the Silver Dragon V3 headphone cable is sturdy and very well made. Frankly, the only issue is that you want such Moon cables for all your cans. (Posted on 3/15/2014)
Wow - exceeded my expectations & loved itReview by David G.
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I don't like to write profanity in emails (don't want to offend) so all I can say is the Audeze LCD-XC w/ your Silver Dragon V3 headphone cable, the AK100 and the RSA71B is an absolutely astounding rig. My favorite portable one... for now.

Thanks for all your help. I am already anticipating the return of the stuff I just sent you, all cabled up.
- David (Posted on 2/16/2014)
What a pairing with the Senn HD650! Review by mscott58
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Drew - Received the re-terminated Silver Dragon V3 headphone cable for my HD-650 and have given them a few days to settle-in. Have spent the weekend doing some critical listening and I’ll I can say is what a pairing!

The SD V3’s add just enough to the top end to counter the well-known “darkness” of the 650’s, balancing out the Senn’s in a beautiful and cohesive way. The build quality of the cable is also top notch and I love the heft of the Furutech ¼ connector and lovely mechanical “thunk” it makes when plugged into my Burson Conductor.

To anyone who wants to give their HD650’s a significant upgrade, the SD V3 is a perfect match and is well worth the money. Great work (as always) and thanks again for the recommendation – Michael
(Posted on 1/20/2014)
Silver Dragon V3 headphone cable retains the strengths of the Audeze LCD-2 while at the same time corrects its weaknessesReview by Lee
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Hi Drew,

I’ve got 100 hours on my Silver Dragon cable and it’s absolutely perfect!! It’s performing exactly as you said it would—not diminishing the LCD-2 bass or warmth, but adding detail and clarity to the top end as well as tightening and controlling the lower frequencies.

I couldn’t be happier. The bottom line is that your headphone cable retains the strengths of the Audeze while at the same time correcting its weaknesses. The Silver Dragon sounds much, much better than the other cables I tried, plus it costs $250 less—which is a lot of money for me and most other people.

So thank you very much Drew for providing such a great product. I absolutely love music and listen to my CD’s several hours each day. Since retiring several years ago, I’ve managed to put together what I think is an excellent headphone system (Marantz SA8004 Super Audio CD Player, Burson Soloist amp, Cardas Golden Presence interconnects and the Audeze LCD-2 Rev-2). And now with your Moon Audio Silver Dragon V3 headphone cable, my system sounds at least 30-40% better!!

My hopes for improved sound quality have been far exceeded, and I expect the same is true for just about everyone who buys your cables. Unlike most of us, who go through life laboring at some thankless job that matters very little in the overall scheme of things, your work is important because it brings great satisfaction to those of us who love listening to music.

I don’t know what your PE is in Drew (I presume electrical), but I know it must have taken a good deal of time, money and sacrifice to get. I just want to say that in my opinion all your efforts have been worthwhile, because what you and your staff do at Moon Audio. It brings so much happiness to so many people like me. Personally, I don’t know how anyone’s life and work could be more meaningful than that.

Thanks again.

Lee (Posted on 9/19/2013)
Definitely worth it!Review by Jacob
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I ordered these cables for my HD650 headphones and compared to the stock cable and these have continued to amaze me everyday. The build quality is great, the cable feels very sturdy and i have no fears of this falling apart yet the stock Sennheiser cable had me worried... The HD 650's are often characterized as "dark" headphones and I felt the same way with the Senn HD650 stock cable; however, this Silver Dragon V3 headphone cable helped bring out the treble and tighten up the bass making the overall sound much better. I paired this with the Schiit Valhalla amp and they all matched together perfectly. I couldn't be happier!!! (Posted on 9/5/2013)
SQ is Fantastic!Review by Icarus
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I paired the Silver Dragon V3 with my HD650's and the cable is hands down better than the stock and several notches above the blue dragon. The soundstage is so clean the noise floor is almost non-existent. The imaging is much improved and the bass is a powerhouse. Overall, the silver dragon V3 just makes the music so powerful and more realistic. I have been previewing the cable with Steve Hoffman/Kevin Grey's remastered CCR SACD's and they sound amazing together! (Posted on 8/27/2013)
Silver Dragon V3 brought detail, clarity, and that treble boost I was looking for from the HiFiMan HE-500'sReview by Bradley
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I did my first AB testing last night between your Silver Dragon V3 and another new copper cable from a manufacturer I have experience with. I actually came away pretty impressed with your cable. It changes the signature of these cans more than I expected, but definitely where I was looking for it to go. There seems to be detail, clarity, and openness that doesn't exist in the copper cable. It brings the treble and detail of the HE-500 up to my other headphones, but doesn't appear to sacrifice any low end or midrange. 8/14/13

After more then 100 hours of burn in time, the Silver Dragon V3 brought detail, clarity, and that treble boost I was looking for from the he-500's. I am very impressed. Thanks, Drew and Moon Audio! 8/19/13 Brad (Posted on 8/20/2013)
Great upgrade and greater service!Review by Greg
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I am lucky enough to live within a few miles of Moon Audio, and was able to make an appointment with Drew to seek a sonic improvement on my LCD2/Soloist/Oppo setup.
Swapping out the stock cable with the Silver Dragon V3 dramatically improved the overall sound quality, especially in the midrange presence and vocal clarity. I immediately ordered a 15 footer and was able to pick it up the next day! Moon audio has gained a customer for life - I will never go anywhere else for my headphone needs!
Thanks Drew and the staff at Moon Audio for such an enjoyable and rewarding experience! You guys are the best! (Posted on 5/27/2013)
Amazing Custom Cable by Moon Audio and Amazing ServiceReview by thewitz
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The LCD 2's are a truly great headphone with very detailed sound and a wide soundstage. Even with the stock cables these phones have impressive bass definition and clarity.

After consulting with Drew Baird, I swapped the stock cables for Moon-Audio Silver Dragon V3 headphone cables and the true capabilities of the LCD-2's became instantly clear. The Silver Dragon cables are so well designed and built and sound incredible.

Drew's knowledge and expertise and Moon-Audio's incredible customer service have really impressed me and have made me a loyal Moon-Audio fan!

I recommend the Audeze LCD2s, especially with Silver Dragon cables, to anyone looking for an audiophile quality headphone with superb musicality.

I recommend Moon-Audio and Drew to anyone looking for a great customer experience and invaluable technical knowledge and advice! (Posted on 4/25/2013)
Upgrade to the Silver Dragon V3 Headphone Cable on your LCD-2 - it really improves over the stock cable!!Review by AGF
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Moon Audio's Silver Dragon V3 Headphone Cable or "slayer cable" as I call it - slays the rolled off top of the LCD-2 by Audeze.

The improvement is dramatic. Much more detail and transparency, a flatter and neutral frequency balance, the inner voices will appear in bold relief without edge. The warmth will be gone entirely!

In fact, after a prolonged burn in of three days to a week, all the desirable characteristics had returned. My thinking, and those of you who are willing can test it out, that the LCD-2 was not inherently rolled off. The cable the co supplied made it so...and I was one who complained about the roll off early.

The Silver Dragons really need a few days of burn in, and with the perceptible change in FR, some may find the bass not as prominent. It is, it's just that the new balance will trick the ear. One can, with the right software (I use Fidelia, but Amarra has the same ability), boost the LFs using the parametric EQ one octave-wide envelope 20-40hz +3db and get the most kick ass bass he's ever heard. Tight, low, detailed. (Posted on 4/25/2013)
Unlocks the potential of the Audeze LCD2 rev.2 headphonesReview by Steven
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After purchasing my LCD2s from Moon-Audio I set out to burn these phones in and after about 60 hours of playing I could hear a very significant expansion of the overall sound clarity especially in the bass response and mid-range, but I felt that there was still something missing in the sound of these fine headphones.

I consulted with Drew and read the on-line reviews on these Silver Dragon V.3 cables and decided to replace the stock LCD2 cables with the Silver Dragons.

All I can say is that this is exactly what these headphones needed. I have now also replaced my stock cables on my JH16 in-ear monitors with Silver Dragon v1 IEM cables and experienced the same tightening of the bass and enhanced overall clarity as i did with my LCD2s.

Great cables, great advice and great customer service from Drew and Moon-Audio. (Posted on 3/19/2013)
Silver Dragon V3 - HE6Review by Shahrose
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Hi Drew, just wanted to give you a little update.

The SD V3 is burned in on the HE6 now and the sound is nothing short of incredible. The Q-audio cable is now in the drawer. Speed, dynamics, clarity, imaging, detail and layering have all taken a leap. Now these are tied with the silver cabled HD800 as my favorite headphones ever.

Almost made the mistake of returning this before letting it burn-in (and shaking off the Flu I had). I'm hearing its true potential now and no there's no harshness at all. In fact, it's less peaky than both the copper cables I had on the HE6. The effect is similar to the one I got on the HD800 when I put on DHC's RS silver. (All this only applies with a solid source + amp behind the cans ofcourse...the HE6 still sound thin and lifeless with lesser setups).

On top of that, you did me the courtesy of accepting a return offer for a custom cable. Great product + great service. You've gained a lifelong customer. (Posted on 12/27/2012)
Marvelous!Review by K3cT
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This is the first time that I used Drew's service for DIY components but consider me a repeat customer now! Drew is pleasant to deal with and responds promptly to any of my queries. Keep up the good work!

P.S. That Silver Dragon v3 cable is marvelous. The price is reasonable and the build is really good. Who says that a cable has to be cumbersome to sound good? (Posted on 12/21/2012)
Best Headphone Cable!Review by Blankdisc
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I just purchased the Moon Audio Silver Dragon for my HE-6. Very happy about the product. It is extremely good quality. The best headphone cable I have ever seen so far. Now I am afraid that Moon Audio will eventually take all my money. ;-) Again, thanks for everything. Keep up the good work. (Posted on 12/21/2012)
BRAVO!Review by Rudi
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Last week I ordered for my LCD 2, The Silver Dragon V3 Headphone Cable from Moon Audio.

The Service is very excellent, it has been less than one week and I have received my Silver Dragon V3 Cable.

Bravo Moon Audio for the excellent service!

Cheers

Rudi (Posted on 12/21/2012)
Fantastic Workmanship!Review by MacedonianHero
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I just received my modified Silver Dragon (SE to 4 pin XLR + XLR to SE adapter) [sent it back to Drew to re-terminate it] I have to say that his workmanship is fantastic. Very solid and well made. Thanks again for talking me into the 4 pin XLR to SE adapter as I can now use my LCD-2s in either my balanced WA22 or SE Lyr. Again, the construction is fantastic and the customer service was, as always, top notch. (Posted on 12/21/2012)
First Class!Review by HeadSource
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I recently placed a custom order for an 8 foot silver dragon cable for my LCD-2 and a pair of Mini XLR to HD650 adapters. I wanted to use the cables on my Sennheisers as well. The order was dispatched in less than two weeks, and I received it in Australia very promptly.

Drew provided very good pre-sales advice and recommended for Moon Audio to build the adapters. The build quality is first class and I'm very happy with the finished product.

As for how the LCD sounds with the silver dragon on my WA22 amp.... I intend to run in the cables for a couple of hundred hours before posting my detailed thoughts. First impressions are.... Definitely improved high end extension over the stock cable.... smooth and non fatiguing treble..... and no apparent loss at all in the bottom end (Still rock solid and heart felt).... very clean and cohesive through out the frequency spectrum... tight, punchy and quicker sounding. This cable upgrade is as significant as tube rolling.... I'm now convinced the LCD2 really does benefit from better cables .. and silver is a good choice :-)

Many thanks Drew. (Posted on 12/20/2012)
Silver Dragon is the BEST cable for Audeze LCD3s. Review by rs
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I got a Moon Audio Silver Dragon headphone cable (balanced with Furutech Rhodium XLR connectors) and this is absolutely a great cable for the LCD3's, especially improving the control, detail, speed, texture, and transparency of the bass.
I always try to get my phones to the point where nothing in any frequency "stands out" unnaturally, and the Silver Dragons do this perfectly to the LCD3's.
The imaging is now more rounded and there is more of a sense of open space.
Vocals, instruments, percussion, you name it, are full of life, unclouded, but not painful in the least. Piano (something I always concentrate on) is gorgeous and resonant but not sloppy or full of overhang.
I spent several hours testing the new cables with a variety of music with the LCD3s , which formerly could be sometimes a little thumpy or opaque, and now all is well.
Over the last year, I kept thinking, well, the LCD3's are good, but maybe future LCD4's will improve things, but that idea has left my mind with the improvement from the Silver Dragon cable.
I tried some other well known cables and only the Silver Dragon could perform so well. (Posted on 12/18/2012)
Silver Dragon for AKG K550Review by Vic
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This is the third cable I have purchased from Moon Audio. Previously I have recabled my HD600 with the Silver Dragon, then my DT1350 with the Black Dragon, each time with wonderful results. So, when I got the AKG K550, it would not be long before I'd get in touch with Drew to recable these headphones. As always, the service was great, but ultimately, it is the product I come back for, and, again, I am thrilled with the decision.

Before recabling, to me, the treble on the K550 was a bit recessed. The bas, on the other hand, while quite strong, was somewhat loose and "bloomy" (which, I must add, is somewhat opposite of my experience of the AKG sound, namely the K70X series). The bas was not as loose as it is with the D2000, but definitely more so than on my K702. (BTW, if you are interested in how K550 sound, check out a generally very accurate review at Innerfidelity). Anyway, the Silver Dragon took care of these weaknesses in spades! It tightened up the bas, brought up the treble (albeit very slightly) just enough, and seriously improved already good imaging and separation. While the K550 is a extremely capable headphone out of the box, the Silver Dragon raised its performance to the next level! The already fairly flat response curve seems to have flattened out even more at the ends, imaging and sound staging extended in every direction, and every detail became even more easily discernible, while NEVER sounding harsh or overly analytic. For listening at home or at the office, the K550 now bests all of my closed headphones (DT1350, D2000, and T70 -- although the latter is not recabled yet, but may soon be with the Black Dragon). Additionally, in some respects, dare I say, it outperforms even some of my open headphones (HD600 and maybe even the K702 -- both already recabled). Only the HD800 with a silver/copper aftermarket cable beats them, but that headphone is open and costs MANY TIMES the price of the recabled K550.

While I understand that different people hear things differently and enjoy different sound signatures, if you have the K550, send them to Moon Audio for one of their aftermarket cables. I listen to classical, jazz, some electronica and rock, and I personally would highly recommend the Silver Dragon for these cans. However, I am confident that any of their high quality and relatively affordable cables will improve any headphone in your stable! If you cannot make up your mind, discuss your options with Drew. He is very knowledgeable, extremely helpful and a very nice guy to deal with! (Posted on 7/4/2012)
Excellent Product & Great ServiceReview by Flyfish2002
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As a long-term customer of Drew's, I know his quality, but I am consistently impressed with his service. Here's my most recent story.

I had been using an SR-71B for my office and for portable. I recently moved my Rudistor RPX-33 into my office and needed to re-terminate the Silver Dragon V3 from the RSA balanced connector. I ordered the Silver Dragon V3 re-terminated to Drew's four pin adapter, as well as two eight-inch adpater tails: one RSA and one 1/4 Furutech.

My Silver Dragon V3 head phone cable arrived by UPS at Drew's shop on a Friday BEFORE a holiday weekend. Drew shippied everything back to me that SAME day. Talk about service.

Quality, service and great advice (see my CLAS review) - what more can you ask for? (Posted on 5/28/2012)
The finishing touch of refinement and awakening of HD650Review by IEMCrazy
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As a long-time HD650 owner (Mine are from the first batch after the black to silver damping screen change) I've been interested in cables for a long time. I bought a Cardas (gray) for them at the time, which served me well for years but I never heard a significant difference form the stock cable and became a "cable non-believer."

After upgrading my signal chain since then I now was able to hear a slight difference between stock and the Cardas and decided to take the plunge on a bigger change with the Silver Dragon, which I'd been interested in since I first heard about it a number of years ago.

I doubted Drew's recommendation and drove him crazy with questions fearing that it would make it too bright and harm the non-faituging laid back nature of HD650. Ultimately, I gave into my long time curiosity and Drew's experience and went with the Silver Dragon. And Drew, of course, was right. It did not make it too bright.

The effect of silver is different than what I'd pictured. I imagined it would be somewhat out of balance and thin sounding while tipping much too far toward high frequency and sparkle. Thankfully, I was incorrect. HD650 is still HD650. It is still laid back, and it still rolls off the treble and the bass. What has happened is slightly more forward upper-mid that brings the headphone more alive in presentation. It also enhances instrument separation slightly (but is still more part of the whole than the wide separation of planar magnetics) and soundstage, not so much wider, which it already was, but improves the depth, forward focus, and imaging. HD650 always suffered from "the three blob" effect, one to the left, one right, and one inside my head. There is now a front-facing stage thanks to Silver Dragon cable.

Despite hearing about the "air" added by silver I have not found HD650 to exhibit more "air", at least not in the dry AKG or Beyer sense of the word. I am glad of this as the smooth, fluidity is one of the charms of HD650.

Prior to the Silver Dragon, HD650 had been dethroned by HE-400 for me for head-time and HD650 was reduced to "relaxing." With Silver Dragon HD650 has leap-frogged HE-400 back to the top, or at least equalled the HE-400, and is now the most detailed, most refined and sophisticated headphone in my lineup while still featuring a musical, exciting presentation. HE-400 (which will be getting a Blue Dragon added soon!) is now the more fun and dynamic headphone, but less refined.

The price is pretty good considering it's precious metal (unlike copper) and thus is priced like jewelry. Compared to some other silver cables this is the best value around. Value is only 4, because no cable, from any manufacturer represents anything close to a good value for the performance-per-dollar ratio compared to headphone and amp/source upgrades. The cable is the "cherry on top" of an established system, but the rest of the system, dollar for dollar, is a greater value. Value improves with the discount for buying the cable with the headphone though!

I now consider Silver Dragon an essential accessory to bring HD650 to its peak capability after the rest of the system has been completed. (Posted on 5/23/2012)
Overall Great ExperienceReview by JackieH
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Drew was phenomenal to work with-gave me options I would never have thought of to be able to use this 1 cable in 2 applications Balanced & Unbalanced with the use of an adapter cable he made for me--
Cable and Connectors are of the highest quality and they have definitely woken up and improved my LCD 2's where I did not believe there was much room for improvement.
You could easily spend twice as much for an upgrade cable from someone else but you could not in my hearing get a better sounding cable at any price!!
Do your self a favor if you are looking to improve on the basic sound of your Headphones and let Drew make you up the correct type cable for your specific headphone.
Jack Hanoka (Posted on 5/7/2012)
Great enhancement to a great headphoneReview by Mojofoto
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After reading several reviews of the Silver Dragon cable, I decided that my HD 650s needed something to add some sparkle. These cables added so much that the phones seem like a much more refined phone than with the original cable. More precise, better definition and cleaner mids in addition to better lows. These cables are a must have for any HD 650 owner. (Posted on 3/14/2012)
Wish I had used this years ago - make good headphones sound even better.Review by BackBayChef
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I have a pair of Sennheiser HD800's, and they sound great with the stock cable, but looking for better sound I have moved to using a couple of high balanced cables (DIY Jenna Labs, and the Silver Dragon Cable). The Silver Dragon Cable is clearly the winner to my ears. When comparing it to the stock cable I hear with much more clarity, and am given an awesome listening experience. Even when I compare it to a quality higher end cable like the Jenalabs 22 AWG cable they still provide what I think to be a superior sound.

I had had a pair of Sennheiser HD650's for years without upgrading the cable, and unfortunately never did upgrade the cable until I had had the HD800's for some time. That was a mistake in my book, because I have missed out for years of fantastic sound that the Silver Dragon provides. Whether or not you plan to upgrade to a better headphone, consider the cable as a must to get better sound from what you do have; to me the Silver Dragon Cable is king of the hill for a great and affordable cable. (Posted on 1/18/2012)

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