Warm midrange ethereal in their ability to convey nuance and detail. Quiescence GS. With the addition of gold plating to our Angel Hair Litz, there is an organic nature to their presentation that exceeds all other options. Within the realm of RCA, there is no option that is more revealing and organic than Quiescence GS.
Utilizing our proprietary DCSG technology, Quiescence GS follows the sonic delivery of its kin – Breathe S and Quiescence S. Delivery of texture and detail is even more incredible than that of Quiescence S. With warm and detailed midrange Quiescence GS brings you even closer to the performance than ever. Bass response is deft in its delivery and decays without bloat. Soundstaging and imaging are unparalleled in focus and dimensionality.
Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
-Antoine de Saint-Exupery
As with Breathe S, Quiescence GS obeys this essential rule. Counterintuitively, it is more informative to discuss what materials Quiescence S (U)lacks(U) in comparison to other cables than to discuss what materials it has. Gone are layer upon layer of rubberized jacketing materials. Thick/constraining and overdamping dielectrics are nixed. There are no thickly stranded or solid-core conductors. Absent are heavy shielding foils, heavy tinned copper braid external shields, or other such materials, which when layered directly on top of a dielectric, cause inductive field thievery killing vibrance within music. And finally, gone are overbuilt connectors made of brass and other inferior copper alloys. All of these “engineered solutions“ are in reality design compromises that collectively compromise sonic fidelity.
Throughout this process of elimination, we have distilled Quiescence GS down to essentials; Ultrafine Angel Hair gold plated silver litz (.14 mm per strand as compared to a human hair at .03 mm to .12 mm in diameter.) The cable matrix is held in place over a high quality woven nylon paracord backbone separator. These components are then arranged utilizing our Dual Chirality Star geometry.
All the shielding, none of the compromise.
The use of a braided shield is nothing new. Usually, using a shield is done knowing that a certain level of nuance and liveliness will be lost from the music. After all, at first glance, inductive loss via the use of a shield appears to be a virtual inevitability. With a shield proximal to the conductor along the entire length of the cable is it any surprise that shielded cables often sound lethargic?
How did we manage to add a shielding layer without robbing the cable of its vibrance?
The answer to this is again utilizing a keen understanding of material science. By spacing the silver-plated copper shield several millimeters away from the conductor we managed to drastically mitigate the effects of inductive thievery. We then connect the entire shield assembly at a single point under the barrel of the RCA connector’s ground pin.
In an industry first, we utilized Carbon Fiber as the spacer for the shield. Due to its lightweight, it conforms nicely to our Low Mass Language. Not only is carbon fiber the spacer between the electrically delicate signal cables and the braided shield, but it also serves as an added layer of EMI/RFI shielding itself. Yes, Carbon fiber has extraordinary shielding capability and is as electrically conductive as aluminum. And because carbon fiber is not ferromagnetic nor paramagnetic and is very weakly diamagnetic it does not significantly react to the inductive field of the DCSG cable, thus leaving the music signal alone, while still offering another layer of shielding from EMI and RFI.
DCSG, carbon fiber, and a silver-plated copper shield; Quiescence GS gets its name by providing the best shielding possible without the detrimental effects of eddy current (one of the unintended side effects of a foil shield). This allows the interior of the cable to be as electromagnetically quiet as possible without robbing the conductors from their ability to pass a pristine signal.
Fully armored from EMI/RFI you’d expect to be met with beastly heft and a stiff cable in hand, nothing could be further from the truth. Quiescence was designed to retain the same fluidity in motion that Breathe S has. It’s light, incredibly flexible, and will not cause strain on your components.
Simple, elegant, painstakingly meticulous assembly, and as many of our clients are finding: Essential.
KLE Innovations Absolute Harmony connectors: Standard
The creator of the venerable Eichmann Bullet Plugs, which revolutionized and redefined the state of the art in connector design, is at it again. Hapa Audio utilizes KLEI Absolute Harmony RCA connectors, standard attire for Quiescence GS. Absolute Harmony is a low mass, high purity connector. Attention to detail, a dash of proprietary metallurgic design, and a keen understanding of proper engineering. Nothing less will do for Quiescence S. The KLE Absolute Harmony and the Hapa Audio DCSG cable assembly deserve to be joined by the best high-grade solder. For this, we have selected Mundorf Supreme Silver/Gold Solder which is exclusively used for all connection points.
Subjectively it is our experience that Absolute Harmony presents its sonics as incredibly elegant, dynamically robust, and highly detailed in its presentation. When compared to other connectors it is more vibrant, closer to reality, and aptly named, Absolute Harmony is the connector we value most for our RCA interconnects.