Cables & Coffee, Ep. 5: Dragon USB Cables | Moon Audio
Cables & Coffee, Ep. 5: Dragon USB Cables | Moon Audio
The Silver Dragon USB transfers digital audio from a computer or portable device such as a Phone, Tablet or DAP (digital audio Player) to a USB capable DAC. We build cables for home, office or portable solutions. This product page is focused more on longer length applications while Silver Dragon Form Fit USB cable Here focuses more on portable short solutions.
Moon Audio has optimized our USB cables for audio transmission of large High Res files. Please see the notes below in our Description Tab to help you establish which USB connection is right for your application.
Most stock cables are made of poor, ultra-thin conductors with poor geometries, rubber jackets, and other issues that can limit the performance of your equipment.
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 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.
The Silver Dragon was created with ultrapure silver conductors for the best in signal transfer for your digital music. The cable uses 99.99998% UP-OCC Stranded Silver 24AWG Teflon insulated stranded conductors with a double layer shield to ward off outside interference. The Silver Dragon USB is the most resolute USB cable on the market today for an amazing price point. So stop paying for over inflated cables and give it a try. Be prepared to be amazed at the difference it will make when transferring your computer audio catalog to your USB applications.
We offer normal USB signal transfer cables from your computer to your Digital Audio Converter as well as a host of ultrashort cables to connect your portable devices. For longer and more custom options please see the drop-down menus on this webpage to choose the selection you need.
There are two different configurations offered on this webpage. Normal USB signal transfer as well as OTG (on-The-Go) USB signal transfer. What is OTG? USB OTG is a specification that allows USB devices, such as tablets or smartphones, to act as a host, allowing other USB devices, such as USB flash drives, digital cameras, mice or keyboards, or an external Dac to be attached to them. The USB connection is terminated slightly different than in a normal USB termination. This termination essentially tells the Android-based device to output a data stream. In the case we all care about, it is releasing digital audio so your external Digital to Analog Converter takes over control of processing the digital music on your Android based phone or tablet.
In some cases a DAP (Digital Audio Player). Most DAPs like the Astell & Kern's are Android based. So if you desire to use an external DAC with them an OTG cable is required. The OTG cable tells the AK to output digital audio. Of course, you will also need to visit the AK's settings page to also tell it to engage the USB output. With most Phones and Tablets this is not required. Older Android-based phones and tablets in the early 2000's used a USB Mini B connection as the standard. Slowly phone and tablet manufacturers moved to USB Micro B as the connection of choice. The same can be said for a lot of portable Headphone Amplifiers with built-in Digital to Analog Converters. These started with USB B Mini and then transitioned to USB B Micro. And today we are now seeing USB C now becoming the norm for Phones and Tablets. USB C offers a faster way to charge these devices thanks to the higher conductor count.
Moon Audio is focusing on USB C cables for Digital Audio Transfer only. Our cables have not been designed to be a Phone charging cable. The cost of manufacturing a high conductor count silver cable with conductors being used for non-audio important roles makes no sense from a cost perspective. While our cables will charge a device, our cable is based on USB specs required for Audio Transfer only. They have not been designed to be used with Hard Drives etc. When Audio circuits move past normal USB 2.0 practice I'm sure at this point we will move to more of a USB 3.x design. For USB C charging cables we have a great affordable option Here.
USB C can be utilized for both OTG and non-OTG applications as well. So when connecting, for example, one of Apple's new MacBook Pro's with USB C to your home Dac, in this case, a USB C to USB B normal USB connection is required. But when using your Samsung Galaxy 8 or Astell & Kern SP1000 to your Chord Hugo 2 then a USB C to USB B Micro OTG cable is required. Confused? I know it can be complicated. But feel free to contact us for help.
We also have MFI certified Lightning USB cables for Apple iDevices such as your iPhone, iPad or iTouch. Apple lightning cables act very much like an OTG cable. They tell the Apple iDevice to output digital audio. But the Digital to Analog converter must be MFI certified to accept this direct cable connection. If your Dac is not MFI Apple certified then a 2 cable solution is required. An Apple CCK Adapter followed by a USB cable. The Apple CCK, in this case, is the OTG cable. So for connecting your iPhone or iPad to your Chord Mojo or Chord Hugo2 DAC you need an Apple CCK plus a USB A to USB B Micro cable. See Here for an example of this connection kit.
Please see our Apple-specific cables Here
Dragon Audio Cables are covered by a one-year limited warranty against material or manufacturing defects. For more information, visit our Warranty Terms page.