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Audioquest Mythical Creatures – Dragon

05.02.2021 // Dirk Sommer

Perhaps Shostakovich's Symphony No. 15, recorded in the Mercator Halle in Duisburg with a lot of spatial information, will help to detect more differences between FireBird and Dragon than the first brief comparison: With the latter, the stage seems to be a bit wider and a bit deeper. The instrument groups manifest themselves three-dimensional to the touch, and the high-frequency range comes across a bit warmer and more elegant. Also, in terms of microdynamics, one gets just a tad more. In this piece, the improvements introduced by the Dragon are clear. The Dragon also impressed me with Keith Jarrett's "God Bless the Child": I have never heard the cymbals and especially the hi-hat so precise and rich in timbre. I had expected that the bass drum is reproduced with impressive pressure and that also rhythmically everything is well, and I am not being disappointed. However, this clarity in the high-frequency range without any hint of sharpness is surprising and simply superb! The FireBird lacks a little air around the instruments, even if the spatial representation in absolute terms is one of the best I know. There is almost no difference to the Dragon in terms of timing and energy in the low-frequency range.

Dragons in biwiring and single-wiring version
Dragons in biwiring and single-wiring version

When I still frequently used vinyl records for testing, "Malinye" from the album Codona 2 was one of my favorites. In the meantime, I have purchased the files at Qobuz in CD quality but was not particularly taken with it at the first hearing. With the FireBirds, I make a second attempt, and immediately the well-known melody draws my attention: The timbres shine more golden than silvery, the timpani come with power, the melodica has bite without being annoying, the vocals ingratiate themselves, and, above all, the pocket trumpet and cymbals glisten brightly. One could already go into raptures at this point – if the Dragon didn't make it even more apparent how far into the depths of the room the timpani had been mixed, how the melodica's sounds are reflected in the large studio space, and how finely accented and intricate the cymbal playing is. What impressed me most was how the pocket trumpet not only sounded clearly in a large but also high room. The Dragon simply gives you access to a crucial bit more information. Very impressive!


Perfectionists simply can't get around the Audioquest Dragon in bi-wiring configuration. It is simply the best speaker cable I have heard in my system. ZERO and Ground Noise Dissipation technology provide significant sonic improvements. Now suppose you don't pay for cables of this caliber out of your petty cash. In that case, you should instead go for the somewhat more affordable bi-wiring version (FireBird) than the single-wiring version of the higher quality level (Dragon) plus jumpers – provided you have the appropriate loudspeakers. With the Mythical Creatures, Audioquest has taken speaker cable technology another step further.
Listened with
Turntable Brinkmann LaGrange with tube power supply unit
Tonearm Thales Simplicity II, Einstein The Tonearme 12“
Cartridge Transrotor Tamino, Lyra Olympos SL
Tape Recorder Studer A80
NAS Melco N1Z H60/2, WDMyCloud
Streaming Bridge Auralic G1
Up-Sampler Chord Electronics Hugo M-Scaler with Poweradd
D/A-Converter Chord Electronics DAVE
LAN-Switch SOtM sNH-10G i with Keces P8, Ansuz PowerSwitch D-TC Supreme
10 MHz Clock SOtM sCLK-OCX10 with Keces P8
Pre-amplifier Audio Exklusiv R7, Einstein The Preamp
Power Amplifier Einstein The Poweramp, Chord Electronics Ultima 3
Loudspeaker Göbel Epoque Aeon Fine
Cables Goebel High End Lacorde Statement, Audioquest Dragon HC, Tornado (HC) and NRG-Z3, Swiss Cables, SOtM dBCL-BNC, Ansuz Digitalz D-TC Supreme and Mainz D2
Accessories AHP Klangmodul IV G (fuse holder), Audioquest Niagaras 5000 and 1200, Synergistic Research Active Ground Block SE, HMS wall sockets, Blockaudio C-Lock Lite, Acapella Bases, Acoustic System Feet and Resonators, Artesania Audio Exoteryc, SSC Big Magic Base, Finite Elemente Carbofibre°-HD, Harmonix Room Tuning Disks, Audio Exklusiv Silentplugs, Ansuz Darks D-TC Supreme adjustable, Arya Audio Revopods, 10Gtec Media Converter, Singlemode duplex fiber optic cable
Manufacturer's specifications
Audioquest Dragon ZERO 72 Volt DBS Carbon
Metal Solid PSS Sonic Signitare Conductors und PSC+
Cross Section 5,26mm2
Geometry ZERO-Tech (no characteristic impedance)
Noise Dissipation Multi-layer carbon-based Noise Dissipation
Jacket Black braid
Connectors Speaker-Side U-Spade (recommended), Bananas, or Multi-Spade
Connectors Amp-side U-Spade (recommended), Bananas, Multi-Spade, or V-Spade (all from 1000 series, silver)
Prices for 3 meters 34.000 Euros, 59.900 Euros for biwiring ZERO and BASS
Manufacturer's specifications
Audioquest Dragon Bass 72 Volt DBS Carbon
Metal Solid PSS Sonic Signitare Conductors und PSC+
Cross Section 5,26mm2
Geometry ZERO-Tech (no characteristic impedance)
Noise Dissipation GND (Ground-Noise Dissipation)
Jacket Black braid
Connectors Speaker-Side U-Spade (recommended), Bananas, or Multi-Spade
Connectors Amp-side U-Spade (recommended), Bananas, Multi-Spade, or V-Spade (all from 1000 series, silver)
Prices for 3 meters 25.900 Euros, 59.900 Euros for biwiring ZERO and BASS

AudioQuest BV
Anschrift Hoge Bergen 10
4704RH Roosendaal
Telefon +31 165 54 1404
E-Mail rdrees@audioquest.nl
Web www.audioquest.de

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