Chimera Headphone Cable – The Last Evolution


Choose wisely - a cable that's too short is a lot more annoying than one that's too long!
Choose between single sleeves (per channel) or triple individual sleeves (per channel) "Alchemist" layouts, featuring copper/silver/gold tracer threads and enhanced ergonomics. We will consult via email before & after ordering to help choose the best sleeving style...
Which headphone is this for? Many of our terminations support multiple headphone brands, so if there are any questions just ask.
What amplifier connection do you need? With alternate build processes and layout we can build the same Chimera conductors in four large Fusion wires to allow speaker terminations or 6.3mm TRS Chimeras.
Chimera clip cable management
Optional Chimera clips are easily removed/moved and join the cables stylishly at 1 or more points along the cable. Try a combination of 1 or more precious metal clips with a metal clip at the top of the cable (in place of a y-split) and polymer clips below.
Matching interconnects - BIG DISCOUNT
Complete the chain with matching, individually-shielded Chimera S XLR Interconnects... Available in dark Alchemist and light Alchemist colorways, with rhodium or gold AECO XLRs standard. Six individual ultra-light shields covering each of the six conductors preserves microdetail.

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DHC Chimera

Since the introduction of our flagship Prion4 in 2016, it was unclear whether we could improve upon our perennial favorite.  Various side-grades and alternatives surfaced amidst years of experimentation, but no clear winner until now.  A hypercar among supercars, DHC Chimera was developed to maximize sound quality for a specific selection of headphones and amplifiers, providing an elevated listening experience with an established home audio system.  

A Different Design:

One constant with the best designs we’ve tested and launched has been large-gauge OCC silver; there has never been a viable alternative when building the world’s highest performing cables.  However, we were unable to improve upon Prion4 simply by making it bigger, nor were there any improvements to be had by adulterating silver or copper with low-conductivity precious metals to create a facade of an upgrade.  A radically different, 6-wire 19awg + 19awg OCC copper and silver combination – effectively a 15awg Fusion conductor – yielded the strongest results.  More than the sum of its parts, Chimera combines the best attributes of Prion4 and our all-copper flagships.  A novel property of DHC’s large-gauge cables is making Raal’s ribbon headphones dramatically easier to drive – producing an easily measured 6-7db increase in volume at the same level of amplification – they become a much easier load for their interface box.  Even conventional headphones are a little more efficient to drive with these ultra-low-resistance cables, as a lower impedance means greater output power with any headphone or speaker amp.  Many competing “Fusion” cables use a blend of mostly copper and a tiny amount of silver – or worse, silver-plated copper.  At DHC, since our 2012 originating of the world’s first “Fusion” of silver and copper OCC litz strands (in a single insulated wire), we have always offered a 50/50 combination of silver and copper – not just a nominal amount of silver.

The Development Experience: 

Chimera was developed with a combination of persistent experimentation and our 13 years of experience. When we voiced the cable with Susvara and later Raal CA-1a, we discovered Chimera was not just an incremental improvement but a complete transformation.  Like the turning of the objective lens of a microscope to maximum, Chimera brought to the fore focused details and subtle nuances, while maintaining each headphone’s unique qualities.  As fellow audiophiles tested the final prototypes with us, their reactions echoed our own — “What am I hearing?  What is this cable doing?”  While the path that took us to the Chimera cable had several dead ends, we reached a sense of finality among the test group that “this is it.”  The cable’s development stages required constant comparison to our other products, as we are our own harshest critic – Chimera had to be better than the best.  

Maintaining Ergonomics: 

Chimera is purpose built for one thing – sound qualitybut it needs to go the distance in everyday use.  While it remains a full 15 AWG,  it is flexible and wearable – we wouldn’t have it any other way.   Instead of a single, unwieldy central cable, there are two independent cables for its left & right to maximize channel separation.  Chimera uses our custom, American-made textile sleeving – made from ultra-fine, soft mercerized thread and metallic tracer threads rather than the usual generic paracord. There is no comparison in look & feel, and nothing else like it available at any price.  


Available in a few select configurations initially, with more configurations being developed and perfected over time – 3.5mm for Tungsten/Susvara/Raal/Meze/other 3.5mm headphones, plus mini XLR for 4 pin (Audeze, Meze, ZMF, etc) and 3 pin (Abyss).  Extended length 3.5mm that fits Rosson and Final is also available.  Other headphones can be connected with our Triple Threat ultrashort headphone to headphone adapters.  Custom Final locking 3.5mm connectors – made with the same factory partners as Final’s included cables – also fit Tungsten, Hifiman, Sony, Focal, and many other 3.5mm headphones while being custom-designed to fit the Chimera.  We will double check your connectivity needs after ordering.

The Eidolic Peerless 4 pin XLR with pure silver pins, rhodium plate, teflon insulator, and titanium & aluminum trim is the recommended option with dual 3 pin AECO XLRs (copper/rhodium/Teflon) also available.  This cable will not fit 4.4mm, 3.5mm, or 2.5mm – if these connections must be used, we recommend our Ultrashort adapters.  

Cable Management: 

The DHC Chimera Clip is a practical replacement for the usual y-splitter.  Made of your choice of jet-fusion 3D printed nylon or cast precious metals such as silver, copper, or bronze.  These clips fit Prion4, Chimera, and C15 and are interchangeable along the length of any of the cables, allowing the cable to be secured at the top only (where a Y-split would be on a conventional cable) or secured in multiple spots along the cable length.  Add, remove, and reposition as needed.  The silicone rings that cinch the joiner closed are easily added and removed by hand and available in coordinating colors (clear, black, gray, glow, red, white).  

Customization legacy:

We have many ways to customize these cables beyond what is offered in the product page’s menus.  More than a decade worth of discontinued legacy parts as well as machine shops and textile mills to make any parts and sleeves imaginable mean that we can go out of our way to make each Chimera unique.

A custom, ultra limited collaboration of opal and meteorite-inlaid titanium rings for our Peerless 4-pin XLR, made by the American ring guru Lux.  Reserve your ring by checking our current available rings – each is one of a kind – or check the box and be surprised!  Each tiny batch of rings is unique and jewelry-grade.  Unique batches will continue to be released throughout the year, every year.  Using our silver, black, and gunmetal gray sandblast aluminum shells for the Eidolic 4-pin XLR, some amazing color combinations are possible…

Alchemist sleeving:

Maximizes flexibility and style with a 6x sleeving layout of black with copper, silver, and gold tracers.  The definitive configuration, Alchemist Elite, includes silver, bronze, and copper cast-metal Chimera Clips along the length of the cable to match the sleeves’ tracers.  Choose “dark” or “light” Alchemist with black or white base color on the sleeves.  Chimera can be made with any combination of sleeves, including – of course – single colors.

An ideal pairing:
DHC was able to adapt Chimera’s design to craft a set of matching interconnects with Alchemist styling and individually micro-shielded conductors.  When used to complete the system, detail & realism reach their peak.

Chimera Quad

A new build layout allowing more connectivity than ever before.  Chimera Quad allows the Chimera design to fit smaller connectors (6.3mm TRS) and speaker connectors (four bananas or four spades).  Functionally, Chimera Quad is shares the same strand count (15awg Fusion) as the Chimera we know and love, and works with Chimera clips.
Ergonomically, Chimera Quad is a tiny bit larger than Prion4 with a similar appearance.  The standard Chimera is incrementally more flexible and we prefer the classic design for 4 pin XLR cables.


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