Moon Audio IEM Silver Dragon

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The Silver Dragon IEM is a coaxial design using a 99.99998% UP-OCC Stranded Silver 26AWG center conductor for the positive leg. The center conductor uses the same Kevlar reinforcing as the other Dragon cables. The center conductor is wrapped concentrically by a 99.99998% UP-OCC silver plated single crystallized UP-OCC pure copper stranded 26AWG gauge conductor with 7N purity 99.99998%. Now that is a mouth full:)

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Pros: Clear as a ringing bell mids and uppers. Bigger soundstage and tighter cleaner bass.
Cons: I worry about leaving my gear somewhere since it would be hard to replace (hard to afford). Good news is I travel less these days.
After a year of listening to my Shure SE846s, I upgraded to Silver Dragon cables. Money well spent since my music's soundstage, clarity, and imaging (hearing instruments distinctly in space) was astonishingly better. I know there are non-believers. People who think upgrading cables doesn't do anything but bleed money from easily taken unsuspecting idiots.

I'm friends with Drew and Nichole and live somewhat near their office in Cary, NC. They let me listen to gear I can't afford. I didn't think to upgrade my IEMs until Drew suggested it. His suggestion came as I was thinking about spending several thousand I didn't have to improve my headphones. Thus Drew saved me money while costing Moon Audio a big sale.

I didn't have the money because for the two years between adding Silver Dragon cables to my SE846s and finally upgrading by buying Shure KSE1500s I was having chemo. Chemo chairs are the loneliest chairs in the world. Music via my better-sounding SE846s IEMs helped get me through a TOUGH time.

I've purchased a lot of audio gear over the years, I understand the "used car salesman" audio BS others may have suffered having given at that particular store more than once. Drew, Moon-Audio and Silver Dragons are not that. They are good, generous people whose Silver Dragon cables made my Shure SE846s sound better.

I have chronic leukemia so who knows when it comes back. Between now and then music is a must and my music sounds better thanks to Silver Dragon, Blue Dragon (what I use now see picture), Moon Audio, and Drew. I won't buy audio gear anywhere except the Moon (period, full stop).

Martin
PS. I shared a picture of how I listen to music at UNC Lineberger cancer center now - iPad, cck/usb (Silver Dragon), Hugo DAC, Blue Dragon cables into Shure SKE1500s. Sounds EPIC and isolates me from the noise, confusion, and chaos all around.

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Pros: Sounds good, Wide soundstage, lean bass, clear treble
Cons: poor quality, sound cut off after a year and a half. Terrible communication.
Moon Audio Silver Dragon IEM.

 
Got this cable about a year and a half ago. About couple months ago, it was starting to cut out on both my westone W60 and W80, send it in to Drew, asking to replace MMCX connector (I was willing to pay for it since it was out of warranty) almost TWO weeks later, recieved the cable back. They dint fix a dang thing, the sound was still cutting out! when I try to removed it, this bit camed off, and he blame it on my W80 female socket tolerance as being "off", charge me 40$ to fix this or 25% off on a new cable. All my other cables there is NO cutout, none whatsoever, so its not my IEM or the MMCX connector itself.

I'm pretty pissed, to think I was going to purchased a copper cable from them. Point is, I will never do bussiness with them, I'm talking to Ted Allen and plus sound right now to get this cable fix with a better parts or soldering. If you bought stuff from them or going to buy stuff from them, beware of quality issues.

Communication from Ted and PLUSOUND is a hella lot quicker than Drew. I bet my cable wont take 2 weeks to return either.
 
After reading several reviews on Headfi, it seems people are getting the same experience. Please dont buy from this company, dont support a company that blame your CANs for its failure.


UPDATE: send my cable to plussound, got it back today, connection is really tight and fitting, PLUSSOUND did an amazing job, not sure what kind of material they used but its really fit well with my Westone W80. There is no more cut out (what a suprise...) Moon audio has reached out to me, indeed did refund me. Whether this is a PR stunt or really trying to solve the issue with customer relations (or quality) is up for you to decide. I am really being lenient to give them a 3 star rating. 
sa100
sa100
I have these exact same wires (got them a month ago), only mine are terminated for the Pono/PHA-3. This is very helpful, thanks for the post!
MoonAudio
MoonAudio
Dear Law87,  Wanted to let you know we’ve processed a full refund for your purchase of our cables adding $25 to cover shipping costs associated with your cable order and their return to Cary, North Carolina for repair. Of course, there won't be any charges for our repairs that didn't work. Together, we worked hard to resolve the issue you correctly identified.  We share your frustration! And you may have heard and felt some of that frustration. Our bad!  We’ve sold more than 900 Dragon cables for Shure earphones. The vast majority have worked well, garnering positive reviews. The coupling issue you experienced happened a handful of times.  Making cables capable of linking to OPH (Other People’s Headphones) means small manufacturing variations, differences that may break the critical coupling piece you noted, may impact our Dragons.  We’ve sent some IEMs back to Shure receiving replacements after a long delay.   We’ve tried other fixes too and wish one of those options worked for you.  We’re a small company partnering with large brands like Shure to improve customers audio gear. Your listening experience didn’t improve, and it wasn’t for lack of effort by your or us. We’re engineers. We hate not being able to fix things! You are a music lover and hate not being able to hear your music.  Similar repairs have worked, but your experience coupled with the handful of other similar problems has us rethinking this Dragon cable offering.  Hearing negative feedback is never easy or fun but necessary. We appreciate your taking time to summarize your experience. Your feedback about communication has us working on ways to improve such as adding a page where customers can share company and customer service experiences in a public forum on our site.  We should have that page up before the end of the month and it's due to your helpful feedback and guidance.  We hope providing a refund while sharing ways we’ll improve provides some satisfaction. We aren’t satisfied. Our life’s mission is building, hacking and fixing headphones and audio gear. Getting elbows deep in the guts of emerging sound technology is our love, passion, and livelihood.  Your note gave our small team a lot to think about, learn from, and create change around. Thank you. Please let Nichole or I know if the extra added doesn’t fully cover your shipping costs from your beautiful home island. Money back doesn’t provide the same satisfaction as better sound.  We know and make a final promise.  We’re in your debt. If there is a way we can make your listening experience better please let me know. I answer Drew(at)Moon-Audio.com personally and will be glad to hear from you.  Consider any reasonable future request granted as our way of THANKING YOU for helping us face a hard truth - we didn’t fix this one. We’ll do better.  Thanks,  Drew ---Drew BairdFounder & Chief EngineerMoon-Audio.com 
Pros: Low transfer of noise through the cable, looks nice
Cons: Connectors are very susceptible to breakage. Sound quality is a minor upgrade compared to the OEM cable. The cost does not match the service.
I have two of the silver dragon cables.  One for my $1000 IEMs and one for my $1400 Senheisser.  I purchased from Moon Audio because the vendor was at an audio show and a couple other vendors said that the folks at Moon Audio are straight shooters.
 
I think the people at Moon Audio have good opinions, audio taste and good ears.  They also resell some good name-brand electronics.  But, each of my two silver dragons has been sent in 1x for service.  Each had problems with the connectors.  Each time, Moon Audio blamed me for the problem and reluctantly repaired the cables.  The second cable was repaired and it came back in worse condition and they blamed me once again.  I did myself a favor and purchased the replacement connector on-line and did the repair myself.  Problem solved.  It sounds better too.  I'm not interested in doing business with cranky people.  I put Moon Audio on my junk e-mail filter.
 
I've been upgrading my electronics and now know I need to upgrade to a serious cable.  I am also developing the opinion that I can build a better cable than the silver dragon for a fraction of the cost.
 
Moon Audio has an aggressive weekly e-mail campaign.  I have asked to be removed three times.  Maybe this review will get the job done.
agzerx
agzerx
Now im not so shure if i should get a moon audio silver dragon for my se846 or, go with ted - headphonelounge.com , to have a silver litz custom cables. so guys, what did you guys think of it?
SoundCheck88
SoundCheck88
Moon audio is over priced and rude on phone.Drew has an attitude that he's thinks he's right 100 percent of the time. And the Silver dragon is over rated high end is distorted and pins break easy. End of story.
SoundCheck88
SoundCheck88
Whiplash cable is one of the best and great service from Craig in upstate NY!! Thank you.

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