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It works very well with my ES5 :) Much better than The Beat Audio Cronus. It made the cymbal sounds etc way to loud and it did nothing to the mids.



Haha hey there I think I have an idea of who you are! Man shipping to Sweden is not nearly as quick as I thought it'd be! 

 

Enjoy the cables!

post #77 of 654

 

Thanks for the great reviews, I've been keeping up with every cable you've tested and compared. Really interested in the Silver dragon cable.

Was wondering how flexible is the cable? is it really hard to work with? how does it compare with the Westone Stock cable, I actually love the flexibility and weight of the stock cable but the sound is just congested and muddy. How is the cable around the ear, does it bend around the ear or is a memory wire required for it? 

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Thanks for the great reviews, I've been keeping up with every cable you've tested and compared. Really interested in the Silver dragon cable.

Was wondering how flexible is the cable? is it really hard to work with? how does it compare with the Westone Stock cable, I actually love the flexibility and weight of the stock cable but the sound is just congested and muddy. How is the cable around the ear, does it bend around the ear or is a memory wire required for it? 


Thank you!

 

The flexibility is much lower than the stock cable, although I wouldn't say it is hard to work with.  The stock cable will just fall into a pile while the Silver Dragon is closer to the performance of a power cord, of course better, but similar.  I have no problem with the cable around my ear as the weight of the cable holds it in place and since the custom is snug in my ear and won't come out unless I rotate it out, there really isn't any concern.


Here are some pictures of the Silver Dragon with a stock cable (they are pretty much all the same) so you can see the size differences:

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The SD cable is much thicker all around except the Y-split and where the memory wire area and inspires much more confidence.

 

post #79 of 654
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Haha hey there I think I have an idea of who you are! Man shipping to Sweden is not nearly as quick as I thought it'd be! 

 

Enjoy the cables!



Yeah you are not the first one saying that :P

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Thanks again average_joe, looks good.
 

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Thank you!

 

The flexibility is much lower than the stock cable, although I wouldn't say it is hard to work with.  The stock cable will just fall into a pile while the Silver Dragon is closer to the performance of a power cord, of course better, but similar.  I have no problem with the cable around my ear as the weight of the cable holds it in place and since the custom is snug in my ear and won't come out unless I rotate it out, there really isn't any concern.

Here are some pictures of the Silver Dragon with a stock cable (they are pretty much all the same) so you can see the size differences:

P1010245.JPG P1010246.JPG P1010249.JPG P1010247.JPG

 

The SD cable is much thicker all around except the Y-split and where the memory wire area and inspires much more confidence.

 



 

post #81 of 654

Yeah, in my experience, somewhere between too big, and worryingly thin dental floss, is key.

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@Average Joe

 

Great review on the Chris_Himself's cable's. I have been using two of his IEM cable's for a month or so and I can only concur that I found a similar (large compared to stock) improvement in sound when using his custom cable with my reshelled TF10's, and that you even wanted to keep your TF10's in your ears for many more seconds than usual, kind of expresses this very explicitly :-) 

 

His cable's, when compared to the pricing of many other aftermarket cable's, then I most certainly find them worth their price (including a life time warranty!) as you said yourself Chris is a very nice guy to communicate with and in my experience he so far delivers his products very quickly.

 

 

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Yeah, in my experience, somewhere between too big, and worryingly thin dental floss, is key.


Yep, just the right size...for the headphone type.  I like thick cables for full sized cans, but for IEMs a little thinner, but not too thin is better!



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@Average Joe

 

Great review on the Chris_Himself's cable's. I have been using two of his IEM cable's for a month or so and I can only concur that I found a similar (large compared to stock) improvement in sound when using his custom cable with my reshelled TF10's, and that you even wanted to keep your TF10's in your ears for many more seconds than usual, kind of expresses this very explicitly :-) 

 

His cable's, when compared to the pricing of many other aftermarket cable's, then I most certainly find them worth their price (including a life time warranty!) as you said yourself Chris is a very nice guy to communicate with and in my experience he so far delivers his products very quickly.


Yes, another great option depending on what you want to spend and what is important to you.  I hope they figure out how to make them for recessed sockets as I want to try with the EM3 Pro and LS8 (and have a friend that wants to try with his Miracle).

 

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how would you compare the Silver Dragon with Chris' Silver cable?

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how would you compare the Silver Dragon with Chris' Silver cable?


Well, both are very different in design and also differ in audio performance.  The Silver Dragon is much thicker, probably the thickest custom IEM cable I have, while the Chris_Himself cable is average thickness.  Ergonomics and ease of use go to the SD, but that is not saying the CH cable is bad.  To generalize the sound quality, but improve many custom IEMs, but the CH seemed to improve more and more consistently.  The SD didn't do all that much other than expand the space, with minor improvements in other qualities more than likely due to the larger space.  The CH cable did seem to add to the clarity, dynamics, and refinement more, and while the CH cable does improve the soundstage size, I am not sure it improves it as much as the SD.  I was planning on comparing cable vs. cable when I get a chance, but I am not sure when that will be as I have amps, sources, and many other custom IEMs to review. 

 

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Well, both are very different in design and also differ in audio performance.  The Silver Dragon is much thicker, probably the thickest custom IEM cable I have, while the Chris_Himself cable is average thickness.  Ergonomics and ease of use go to the SD, but that is not saying the CH cable is bad.  To generalize the sound quality, but improve many custom IEMs, but the CH seemed to improve more and more consistently.  The SD didn't do all that much other than expand the space, with minor improvements in other qualities more than likely due to the larger space.  The CH cable did seem to add to the clarity, dynamics, and refinement more, and while the CH cable does improve the soundstage size, I am not sure it improves it as much as the SD.  I was planning on comparing cable vs. cable when I get a chance, but I am not sure when that will be as I have amps, sources, and many other custom IEMs to review. 

 



thank you for the comparison. personally i own both and i feel somehow the CH cable is strong in making vocals clearer while the SD makes bass much clearer. do you hear the same thing?

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which one would you recommend as an all around IEM cable? The CH or the SD?
 

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thank you for the comparison. personally i own both and i feel somehow the CH cable is strong in making vocals clearer while the SD makes bass much clearer. do you hear the same thing?



 

post #88 of 654
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which one would you recommend as an all around IEM cable? The CH or the SD? 

 



if you don't mind the stiffness, the CH cable is excellent - really excellent.

i find myself changing between the 2 cables all the time. it depends on what setup i'm using.

post #89 of 654

great thanks... Im pretty interested in the CH cables but too bad they don't fit recessed sockets. I'll give the Silver Dragon a try and see how it goes.

 

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if you don't mind the stiffness, the CH cable is excellent - really excellent.

i find myself changing between the 2 cables all the time. it depends on what setup i'm using.



 

post #90 of 654
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Double Helix arrived

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Comparison between the CK10 cable and Silver Dragon: The SD is a little thicker but is much stiffer and the outer jacket is made from a much harder material.  The CK10 cable will flop around a lot while the SD won't too much.

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Comparison between the TWag, Silver Dragon, and Double Helix

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