Silver Dragon Cable for Shure Headphones V3
The Silver Dragon Cable for Shure Headphones will improve the detail, clarity and dynamics of your Shure cans. Moon Audio created our own molds or connection system in order to plug right in to the Shure Full Size Headphones.
This creates a tighter connection and therefore improves the sound, clarity, and dynamics of the headphones. We are the only company that can directly connect to the SRH1840, SRH1540, SRH1440, Ultrasone Romeo and Ultrasone Edition 5.
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 response is more flat and detail is is top.
The equipment used: core i5 hp, focusrite dac, meier classic with burson ic and shr1540.
Core i5 hp with vstplayer2.0, dsp goodhertz canopener and mid/side panner.
Bidule as vst host.
The sound was very low and had to turn the volume quite far round to get a normal sound. I don't think I was even getting a good conection because it crackled a bit. I was getting a bit worried.
I wanted a balanced cable and had a good experience before when I got a silver dragon balanced cable for my Shure se846 earphones.
I ordered it up at the weekend and received it the following Thursday. The day before Easter. Excellent.
I plugged them in and played Thriller's title track in DSD on my Sony ZX2 and Pha-3 combo with my silver dragon v3 balanced cable. Tens seconds was all it took to realize the difference.
For one thing I was able to turn the volume way down. It was a lot more clearer and wider. The cable itself is very rugged and well made. This cable does not crackle at all.
This is not a case of the Emperor's New Clothes. A cable upgrade really is worth it.
I have not yet given the cables chance to burn-in but I am already really pleased with the improvement that these cables have made. I am mostly using an iBasso DX80 DAP as my source and Shure 1540 phones and these cables have made a significant improvement to the sound.
As others have said, the detail, spaciousness, dynamics and overall clarity have improved. Some have said these cables cause the lower frequencies to roll off but I have not noticed. It just sounds right. Music is delivered without a hint of strain or colouration. It's particularly noticeable during complex and louder passages which are now less fatiguing.
So it goes to show the importance of good cables in your system - no point in keeping throwing money at your components without making the corresponding upgrade to your cables. I believe these cables are worth their price and I can highly recommend them to any users of the more expensive Shure headphones if you want to hear them at their best.
The usual great Moon quality and service.
MP3 albums became the norm, courtesy of my fling with iTunes. In recent years, however, I pretty much stopped listening to my MP3 music; most of it just didn�t seem very interesting or pleasurable.
Then, on principle, I did the Kickstarter thing with Pono and got my unit last November. Began buying a few hi res albums, and the positive experience of hearing recorded music returned. Then I bought Shure1540s (wanted closed back headphones; earlier, I had good luck with Shure440s) and the Pono+1540 setup sent me back into listening mode with even higher enthusiasm.
Then I encountered some very positive reviews of the balanced-output option on the Pono (including from my son who uses Senn650s with balanced cables) which led me to order Moon Audio�s Silver Dragon V3 cables with connectors for Pono balanced output for my Shure1540s. I have now used these for about a month, and I have compared balanced vs. regular output from my Pono+Shure1540 arrangement and also from my son's Pono+Senn650 arrangement (which has balanced cables from another company). In both cases, using the balanced cables makes a striking and very attractive difference, but one that is hard for me to put into words. Best I can do is to say that most performances in all genres sound more detailed and alive to me with a richer/wider soundscape, and that listening is more pleasurable than ever. My MP3 files are now history and I have started building a more selective library for the Pono with recordings in hi res formats, including DSF files.
Audiophiles probably have words and numbers to characterize the "balanced" effect I am experiencing, but some of T. S. Eliot words kept coming to mind to describe my experience with the Pono+Shure1540+Moon Audio Balanced Cable setup. In The Four Quartets (The Dry Salvages) Eliot writes about conditions under which a feeling of timelessness occurs, including when music is:
... heard so deeply
That it is not heard at all, but you are the music
While the music lasts
My music is now definitely heard �deeply� in this way. It is simply a terrific experience. Kudos to Moon Audio�s balanced cables for Shure�s 1540s � and to Pono, of course!
The Silver Dragons definitely changes this!
But beware. Expect a 100+ hours of burn-in before full smoothness of the highs is at hand. For the first hours of playing - don't wear the phones to prevent being initially disappointed.
Now - after burn-in:
Low end is tighter and more natural sounding. Mids come more forward and looses the softish-artificial character. Highs get better defined, are much clearer AND - strangely - looses the 'peaky' habit.
All over impression: The headphone gets less U-shaped in character and the real treat is the mids where voices no longer seemes withdrawn and artificial. The famous Shure vocals are now there for real. The sound as a whole is more beliveable and engaging. Faster and more detailled without being harsh in the highs. The headphone is also much more capable at playing at higher volumes with the Silver Dragon.
Therefore I give 5 stars for quality.
Adding a $300 cable to a $500 headphone is not for everyone though. I play HD files from Foobar using a Chord Hugo DACAMP and having invested in this level of upstream signal quality the $300 investment pay off, but if you play directly from a PC or phone output you might spend your money better otherwise, hence the 4 stars for price and value.
Finally a tip for getting best posible depth and staging using SRH 1540: Place the earcups low and forward on your ears. Get a little more distance between ears and drivers placing a 3-5mm thick plastic tube/wire in the cirkumference of the earpads under the cushions. For me this moves the soundstage out of my head and in front of it instead and also gives better positioning of musicians with more depth of field.
Love it !