First Listen: Moon Audio Silver Dragon iPod LOD (Line Out Dock) Cables

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Moon Audio Silver Dragon iPod LOD
First Listen: Moon Audio Silver Dragon iPod LOD (Line Out Dock) Cables

distortion. After all, why run audio signals through two amps if you don’t have to? But sound should also be better in the sense that with the LOD cable you will, more or less by definition, be using a higher quality amplifier.

Moon Audio offers two versions of its LOD cables: the Silver Dragon LOD cable, Version 3 ($95 for a 6-inch model), and the Silver Dragon IEM LOD cable, Version 3 ($65 for a 6-inch model). Moon Audio builds cable to order, so you can—for a reasonable fee—have your LOD cables made up in just about any practical length you’d like.

Silver Dragon LOD

In simple terms, the Silver Dragon LOD cable is intended for higher-end applications (often in desktop audio contexts), and therefore uses exotic, ultra high-quality signal wires that are optimized for sound quality, but that are consequently quite thick and stiff. Moon Audio offers this description of the LOD cable configuration:

• “The cable uses 4 x 99.99998% UP-OCC silver 24AWG Teflon insulated stranded conductors. We have improved the conductors’ properties over the previous Version 2 cable. 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 strandings are mixed with Kevlar standings to reinforce the conductor, making it stronger overall and less prone to failure due to the harsh constant flexing of a portable system. The conductors are then surrounded by cotton and a thin layer of Teflon tape.”
• “(The Silver Dragon LOD cable) is protected by a 100% coverage silver plated copper shield and placed in a polyethylene jacket for further protection.”

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