When Hapa Audio first came to market, we did so with our RCA cable lineup. Breathe C was the starting point for Hapa Audio. While it was not the first product we released, Breathe C was the first RCA cable that Hapa Audio had started to develop. Shortly after releasing Breathe C we followed up with Quiescence C. Quiescence raises the bar by lowering the noise floor. Both pieces represent the pinnacle of what is available for high end analog cabling without breaking the bank. However, if Hapa Audio covets anything, it is constant progress and innovation.
You would be forgiven to take a look at Ember and mistake it for Breathe C. With a quick look they are almost identical. However, Ember employs a substantially different geometry and more than triple the overall copper content. While the braid is similar to Breathe, the amount of copper in the exterior braid is doubled up in copper content and unlike Breathe C, the braid itself is only the shield/common. This allows for better noise rejection for both EMI and RFI. The interior of Ember is where things really diverge from what we have done in the past. Ember uses a braided teflon copper packet. This braid helps to further reject RFI and EMI eliminating the need for heavier shielding materials utilized in Quiescence. Improving the sonic quality, reducing the amount of expensive materials needed while simultaneously reducing labor involved.
Ember XLR takes the exact design of Ember RCA and the rest of the Ember lineup and applies it to XLR. Like Ember USB we utilize a trick of geometry on the internal copper/teflon braid packet to allow the cleanest possible signal transfer. All of the results in a full-bodied very details and dynamic presentation.
All of this translates to a highly detailed, warmer, more inviting sound quality that is on par with Quiescence C. All for the same price as Breathe C. As with its predecessors Ember is proudly handmade in house by Hapa Audio in the US.
AECO XLR Standard
AECO designs utilize a similar pin design as KLE-I in that they are hollow pin designs that use a low mass language in order to improve overall signal transfer. AECO utilizes pins that are copper/beryllium alloy with teflon insulation and gorgeous aluminum barrels. Ember XLR comes standard with AECO gold plated pin XLR connectors or you can upgrade to the AECO rhodium plated pin XLR