Silver Dragon Premium Cable for Focal Utopia

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The Silver Dragon Premium Cable for Focal Utopia headphones V3 is a Premium version of our award winning Silver Dragon.

Made specifically for the Focal Utopia headphones, it is our Top of the Line headphone cable. 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.

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Quality You Can Trust

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 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 headquarters 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 Premium Difference

Premium Dragon Cables offer the same quality construction as the standard line, featuring UP-OCC 99.99998% pure conductors and matching cable designs with a few upgrades. Cardas Silver Solder is replaced with Mudorf MSolder SUPREME Silver-Gold mix at every connection point, and premium Furutech Rhodium connectors are included to enhance the look, feel and listening pleasure of all your hifi music sessions. 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 makes 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 cream-of-the-crop headphones where every detail makes a difference in bringing you closer to audio nirvana.

Silver Dragon Sound Signature

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.

For more information on finding your signature sound, visit our Sound Signature Guide.

Silver Dragon Sound Signature

Cable Design

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.

This Premium cable is excellent for the Focal Utopia headphones and includes premium 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 bringing you closer to audio nirvana.

"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 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 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 its flexibility, we are no longer using a Techflex jacketing as we did with our previous versions.

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.

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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.


Awards

Positive Feedback 2013 Writers Choice Awards

Reviews

Positive Feedback Review
Positive Feedback

by Frank Iacone
Jun. 2014

6 Moons Review
6Moons

by Srajan Ebaen
Jul. 2004

Head-Fi Reviews
Head-Fi

Review Thread
by various users

Cable Design

Conductors
4 x 24AWG
Material
99.99998% UP-OCC Silver
Construction
Varying Size Stranding
Solder
Mudorf MSolder SUPREME Silver-Gold mix
Shielding
Aluminum Foil, Braided Wire Shield
Jacket
Silver Polyethylene
Format
Dual Entry (Y-type)
Connector
Lemo 2-pole B Series

Features

Silver Dragon
Application
Fullsize Headphone
Sound Signature
Analytical
Break-In Time
80 Hours

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Silver Dragon V 3
Very good cable
October 16, 2019
Purchased
1 month ago
Black versus Silver Dragon Cables for Utopia
I’ve owned the Black Dragon V2 with 4 pin XLR for my HD800 since July 2016 when I purchase both and have been extremely pleased with that combo. I also have 2 Black Dragon V2 4 pin XLR to ¼” adapters – the longer of the two for use with my home theater. I historically stayed away from silver involved designs always buying into the usual verbal description of silver being thin and bright sounding, just the opposite of what I like in my sound. Recently the curiosity bug got the better of me and I bought 2 identical 3 meter lengths of 4 pin XLR connector Black and Silver Premium Dragon’s from Moon Audio fitted for my Utopia which is certainly not lightweight in the bass and very extended in the highs (as far up as my hearing goes anyway). I also bought a Silver Dragon 4 pin to ¼ inch adapter so I can so I can run all silver to with any of my amps and home theater. I used one of the several burn-in CD’s available for no more than say12 hours play time on each over 2 nights before I started listening comparisons. The difference between the 2 cables was not subtle but it was not a “this one’s good, that one’s bad” conclusion I came to.
Not surprisingly to me the midranges were similar but the Black is slightly recessed (giving it a sense of a deeper sound stage and the Silver is slightly forward and images are more sharply drawn. I hear the Silver as more transparent, especially on vocals, and maybe I was being influenced by the Silver’s delivery over the copper at the frequency extremes because at the frequency extremes I found them more different. The Silver Dragon was tightly controlled in the mid-bass and bottom bass going all the way down revealing a little more fine detail than the all copper Black Dragon with my Utopia but never sounding dry or lacking impact. The Black went just as deep but generated more air which added in nicely, but that air tended to slightly obscure some of that very fine detail in the bottom octaves I was getting with the Silver. I actually almost expected something along these lines. It was the highs where my expected results were completely reversed.
My pet peeve with any reproduced classical music is a tendency for high strings and horns to get a glazing resonance that I would visually describe as “ghosting” as seen in the good ole’days of B&W TV’s with rabbit ears, but much more subtle. In the concert hall I’ve heard certain combinations of held high notes on violins and horns combined simultaneously that give a similar, but not as cringe-worthy effect as I hear with many of my orchestral music recordings. I always chalked it up to the recording quality in most cases, microphone resonances, too much gain on a spotlight mic from the recording booth, a resonance in my transducer(s), a hall resonance, and as many other excuses as I could come up with.
But the Silver sounded significantly cleaner to my ears and sounded more extended with sharper transient attack and decay than the all copper Black Dragon on my Utopia in the highs. It was smooth with no more edginess than the Black on a lot of my usually suspect recordings. Maybe the Silver is even smoother.
I think the Black Dragon on my HD800 is just the right combo and wouldn’t consider a Silver Dragon for it as I think the HD 800 needs all the oomph it can get on the bottom and I don’t think its highs will be better served with the Silver over the Black Dragon sound.
I’m thinking next up I’ll purchase an HD800 S with Silver Dragon Premium and see what shakes out. If it turns out to be too hot in the highs I could send it in to Moon to replace the 800 type connectors for my Abyss (I think that combination could be very complimentary to my tastes). I’ll need to spend more time listening to some of my 60’s and 70’s classical labels that had a tendency to be thin on bottom and hot on top, especially as the years progressed and more current electronics became more linear and transparent. But in the 70’s the gear of those days made those recordings sound just fine on my AR3a’s. I may just hang on to the Black for Utopia for that reason or have it retrofitted for HD800 / S if the Silver is too intense.
Let me close by saying in additional to the above comments, the Dragons are very light, very flexible, very low in microphonics, and easy to dress, especially given that I buy 3 meter lengths on almost all HP cables, better too much than too little, especially if one likes to watch movies with HP’s on a 60” or plus sized screen. The Dragon’s are also among the most reasonably priced I’ve seen (especially the Silver’s), and they are well put together with quality connectors. The price difference between the Black and Silver isn’t really that much, especially when compared to other brands with offerings of copper, silver, or hybrids that are generally many times more expensive. It’s more a matter of personal preference as to which will be better.
August 13, 2019
Purchased
3 months ago
Response from Moon Audio
Thanks so much for your detailed review, Frank. We appreciate your feedback.
August 14, 2019
Nichole B
Perfect cable for utopia.
I liked that the cable isn’t too long, and the quality is better than original cable, thin and light
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Added Jun 16, 2019
June 16, 2019
Purchased
6 months ago
Perfect but I should have ordered a longer
When I installed my M Scaler I discovered that the standard connecting cable for my Focal Utopia headset acted as an antenna picking up HF noise when the Scaler operated at max - 1M taps. This was totally abolished with the introduction of the Silver Dragon between my Hugo 2 and the Focal Utopias. I regret, though, that I ordered a short Silver Dragon as my movement in my listening chair is limited. I suggested to Moon-Audio that they should manufacture an extension cable, say 1 meter long, that could be useful, when you need greater mobility - it should be made to the same Silver Dragon standard with Furutech connectors.
May 3, 2019
Purchased
1 year ago
Silver Dragon Premium Cable
Super sound with the 15" long Silver Dragon Premium Cable!
Super sound with the 15" Silver Dragon Premium Cable!
Super sound with the 15" Silver Dragon Premium Cable!
May 1, 2019
Purchased
1 year ago
More Detail in Bass and Imaging
The Cable provided with the Utopia is very good but the Silver Dragon definitely has more detail in Bass and Imaging ...
April 30, 2019
Purchased
10 months ago
Great cable. Very pleased with my purchase.
July 22, 2018
Just what I was looking for
February 8, 2018
Nice
I�m not able to hear the difference in quality cables as some do, but, I don�t like extension cables so this 15 foot cable is what I needed. My complaint would be that tapping or hitting the cable can be transferred to the ear, you might say microphonic. This cables sounds at least as good as the original cable.
October 30, 2017
Superb Cable for An Excellent Dynamic Headphone
The Utopia has become my favorite dynamic headphone. I listen to it on the Mivera Superstack, with no additional amplification. When I went down this path, I tested the headphone in SE mode with a splitter built by the Mivera builder.

After satisfying myself that the DAC has the muscle to drive the cans, and that the impedance of the passive pre would mate well with the Utopia, I thought I would upgrade the cable to fully balanced. I have bought Moon Audio cables before, and have always been very happy with them.

So, I selected the Silver Dragon in 10-foot length, but with female carbon fiber/rhodium 3pin connectors. Drew built the cable and shipped it promptly, and the USPS was even good enough to deliver it a day early. I did a quick listen before making the swap, and after the swap, heard a significantly improved SQ.

As the other reviewer noted, the utopia OEM cable is not a bad cable at all. This is just better. $690 better? Absolutely.

Better depth, micro detail, and overall tonality. Utopia is very good; this makes it better.

Closer to my Stax. Very well made, well packaged.

Thanks Drew.
March 10, 2017
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