Aero Digital Tour

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Aero Digital Tour
« on: 26 Apr 2023, 03:59 pm »
A little over a year and a half ago Hapa Audio introduced the worlds first Aerogel dielectric cable in Aero. Aero was a world first to use the lightest material known to mankind, Aerogel, as dielectric layer for its data core. With near ideal vibrational damping properties, Dielectric properties, and even oxidation prevention properties, Aerogel stands head and shoulders above all other dielectrics available. While I could go on and on about what makes it superior, I have made it a point to allow folks on AC to make their own minds up about it.

Now I have filled out the line up with Aero Ag BNC/Coax

Time and time and time and time again Aero has wowed independent actual factual folks here on AC. So much so that Aero single handedly is the most successful product made by Hapa Audio. Continuing that tradition of 'showing not telling' I am happy to announce the largest tour of Aero digital TO DATE.

I am going to be sending out a 1 meter set of ALL Aero cables. :o This includes the following:
Aero Ag USB
Aero Ag Coax

Aero Cu USB
Aero Cu Coax
Aero Cu BNC

Like all other tours, the goal is for the members to try the Aero family out in their system and hear the difference for themselves. Once there has been time to evaluate I encourage folks to write a review with a few photos to help spread the word. They then send the cables off to the next member of the tour.

Due to the insane build times for these cables I will be limiting this tour to one leg. I have completed 3 of the 6 cables and will be working diligently to complete the rest in the next two week. Once the build is done the cables will be sent out to the first person on the list and will continue along. I have not place a limit on the number of participants, but I will likely make it less than 8. Historically spots have filled up very quick on these tours so I encourage everyone to sign up to reserve your place. Once you have signed up please let me know in this thread so I can keep a headcount.  :thumb:

I'm really excited for this tour! I am hopeful that Aero will show your system closer to its highest potential. To learn more about Aero products please visit Hapa Audio's website


Re: Aero Digital Tour
« Reply #1 on: 29 Apr 2023, 03:19 pm »
Gearing up for this tour has been fun. 4 out of 6 cables built!  :thumb: I wouldn’t have been able to get this far without my new assistant.

There is still space on this one but sign up quick to reserve you position.  :thumb:


Re: Aero Digital Tour
« Reply #2 on: 29 Apr 2023, 03:51 pm »
Signed up...

I have been using the Ember USB from Innous Zen (server/streamer) to the Holo Spring 3 kte (DAC) for some time now. I am interested to see how the Aero will differ from what I have been very happy with.

Maybe my gear would have to be on the next level (Zenith / May kte) to experience what this Aero usb is capable of.?  But we will see.

Thank you Jason for providing these tours/reviews to us AKer's. I've been a believer that cables matter (been though about 3 set of cable looms). So far every Hapa cable that I've tried from these tours have bested the cables I've had on hand, confirming that geometry, technique, materials, and attention to detail ALL mater in making AWARD WINNING / GAME CHANGING cables for the audiophile.



Re: Aero Digital Tour
« Reply #3 on: 29 Apr 2023, 08:10 pm »
It’s funny you listed that specific setup, I have the Holo May DAC and have used Aero Ag and Cu USB with it. At one point I tried out the Zenith DAC with the May. It was a very nice combo! Really nice setup. That said, I test all of my digital stuff on a DAC that costs $200 to verify that everything works properly for my bench system.  Not only does it improve the sound quality, it is quite a substantial improvement. Take a look at Nick B’s review here:

He uses a very similar DAC as my bench setup in his main setup with great results from Aero Ag.

All that said, Aero scales incredibly well both up and down depending on your gear. I have yet to find a setup where I couldn’t hear a difference. But again, anyone who is curious to find out for themselves have a grand opportunity right here.  :green:


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Re: Aero Digital Tour
« Reply #4 on: 29 Apr 2023, 11:06 pm »
I wish I could hear well enough for what you offer to make a difference. I also like your dedication to precision assembly, assurance of getting what you pay for is very important. But mostly I like your style.


Re: Aero Digital Tour
« Reply #5 on: 30 Apr 2023, 01:47 am »
What a treat.
This is something that needs to be heard to be believed. The digital series Aero was just beyond what I thought my system could do (until I tried them).
I presently have the CU USB and can't say enough about it. But originally having the Cu coax and then getting in the Ag to compare side by side was way cool.
I've written my thoughts on both the coax and hope everyone signed up has the same experience I had. I will recommend that everyone try the Cu first to judge with their present cable then insert Ag and be prepared. The Cu was like moving up to first class section but the Ag is like being in the cockpit with the pilot.
Hapa Audio tours are like nothing I've ever seen before and the confidence in these cables are justified. I've experienced cables that are great for the money but now have cables that are just plain great period. I feel any of these cables on this tour meet the later.



Re: Aero Digital Tour
« Reply #6 on: 3 May 2023, 05:40 pm »
Just finished yesterday! The last two Aero Cu coax and BNC cables for the tour. I have just the BNC silver to build! Flanked here in the image by Aero Ag USB.

We have a few spots left on the tour. Check the top post for signup sheet.  :thumb:


Re: Aero Digital Tour
« Reply #7 on: 4 May 2023, 12:20 am »
I wish I could hear well enough for what you offer to make a difference. I also like your dedication to precision assembly, assurance of getting what you pay for is very important. But mostly I like your style.

I appreciate the compliment! I spend an inordinate amount of time trying to make the entire cable consistent with geometry and the spec of my design. It is one of the most important aspects of performance.

I welcome anyone to participate in my tours. If you hear something, great! If you don’t, also great! I prefer folks hear it for themselves either way.  :thumb:


Re: Aero Digital Tour
« Reply #8 on: 10 May 2023, 07:36 pm »
Quick update on the tour, I have completed the builds for all the cables. Prior to kicking things off, the new Aero Ag and Cu Coax have made their way to Tyson for his evaluation. We have another member who has been using Aero Ag BNC in his setup and will be posting his impressions as well.  :thumb:

We still have space on the tour if you're interested in joining. sign up sheet is on the initial post.  :thumb:

Stay tuned the tour is kicking off!


Re: Aero Digital Tour
« Reply #9 on: 13 May 2023, 08:52 pm »

Hi All,
I am the Happy Recipient of these 3 Cables. A little background first.
I auditioned the first Aero USB cable in February of 2022. I put it up against as Sablon 2020 USB; which I owned and later on added a Sablon EVO USB Cable, which a friend owned and we listened together to all 3 cables. Prio to adding the EVO I had been listening to the Aero cable vs the Sablon 2020 for about a week or so. It was clearly that the Hapa was a special cable. Much more refined and musical than the Sablon 2020. When my friend came over with the EVO we kept things simple. At the time my system consisted of a Bryston BP26 Preamp, Bryston 4B cubed amp, Bryston BDA-3 DAC and my front end was and still is a Sonore Signature Rendu SE Optical being fed from a Sonore Optical Module Deluxe and a Custom Built Music Server. My Speakers are Totem Acoustic Mani 2 Signatures.
Like I said we kept things simple; my go to demo CD is Larry Carlton’s “Alone / But Never Alone”, we used Tracks 1 & 5, Track 1 is “Smiles and Smiles to Go”, which contains a wonderful continuous flowing Bass Line along with an Acoustic Guitar. The second track is called High Steppin’, lots of percussive things happening, probably my favorite track on this album. The third track we chose id the Opening track to Chuck Mangione’s “Children of Sanchez”, very dynamic featuring Horn’s and a male vocal. Comparing the Aero to the 2020 we both agreed the Aero was the better of the two. Add the Sablon EVO to the mix; that changed everything. When we listened to the Chuck Mangione track the best way to describe the Aero would be shoutee. Jason had sent me a 2.0M cable; we thought maybe I needed a shorter cable. In the end I ended up purchasing the EVO and returned the Aero to Jason.

Fast forward a year later; after many changes to my system; I reach out to Jason again and ask him if I could demo the new Aero Ag USB and a couple of Aero Ag BNC Cables. I have been a fan of Silver cables for many years, my Power cables are Audio Magic and my XLR Cables were Audio Magic and Silversmith Audio. Both based on silver conductors. He obliged; and so my latest Hapa journey began.
My system is very different from the previous one as well; Bricasti M12 Controller and M25 Amp, a new server build, 2 Custom built Linear Power Supplies. The server is built off the Taiko DIY Chassis, ended up being quite a challenge due to QC issues and mistakes on my end as well. This is the end result…..

The reason for the BNC Cables was the pending use of a AfterDark 10M Master Clock, it has 3 outputs, the plan was one to a Uptone Audio EtherRegen, one to a Sotm Motherboard / Sotm SCLK-EX combo and a third to a AfterDark Network Card which I initially did not have. My Network card when I was doing all of this was a JCAT NET CARD-XE.
Jason sent me a Aero Ag USB and 2 Aero AG BNC Cables. While waiting on the AfterDark Clock I wasted no time, in with the Aero Ag USB and out went the Sablon EVO. All I could say was Holy Moly; this was a complete 360 degree about face. I used the same 3 tracks and it was an entirely different experience. The amount of detail retrieval and the musicality of this cable was outstanding right from the get go.
I did a quick swap just to be sure, and then back to the Aero.  I listened for at least a week, letting the system play 24/7 to assist with the break in, I had no desire to go back to the EVO. I obviously had to and I did, and allowed that to settle in again and listened to that for a period of time again. The EVO is no slouch and very popular but it was boring compared to the Aero Ag. At a significant upcharge was the Hapa Aero Ag worth it? To my ears absolutely. I was hearing things I had not noticed in tracks that I had been listening to for years.

On to the BNC Cables…..I originally had a single output AfterDark Clock tied to my EtherRegen Network Switch along with a AfterDark BNC Cable, somewhat entry level at the time I upgraded that to their EVA version, the affect of a clock can take things to a new level in terms of Live Sound. Not here to debate that, this is about Jason and Hapa….
With the additional changes to my system my needs changed and I asked  AfterDark to build me a custom clock with 3 outputs.
No plans for the 3rd output yet; the clock arrived and the listening began.
The first test was to reset the EtherRegen to its internal clock and put the first Aero Ag BNC on the Sotm SCLK-EX. Again using the same 3 tracks, the first thing I noticed was a much lower noise floor, obviously this is a result of having the clock but no doubt the cable as
well. I also noticed a much larger soundstage and much more precision overall. Next I added the second cable to the EtherRegen, more improvement, much closer to a Live presentation. After deciding I wanted to put the 3rd output of the clock to good use I decided to order the AfterDark NIC. In terms of maybe trying to save some money as I have been out of control, I asked Jason if I could try the Aero Copper BNC, lucky for me he had one available to send to me. Once it arrived I quickly swapped out the cable on the SOTM Clock Board. Well so much for saving any money, there was no comparison between the two. The copper cable is now residing on the AfterDark NIC while I wait for a third silver cable. I am keeping the AfterDark NIC by the way. Again things are that much closer to a Live performance. My system has never sounded more musical and life like.
You can see the 3 BNC Cables here.

I highly recommend trying out the Hapa Cables. In fact this thread gives you the perfect opportunity……..

Enjoy the Music! I know I am…..Thanks to Jason and Hapa Audio!


Re: Aero Digital Tour
« Reply #10 on: 15 May 2023, 03:18 am »
The tour hasn’t even started yet and already people are blowing Aero BNC up!!! Thanks for the awesome review Mike.

1 Aero Ag usb and soon to be 3 Aero Ag BNC. I think that says it all tour folks. The entire Aero lineup is exemplary and people are taking notice big time. I want to fill out this tour and we have a few spots left. Nows your chance to hear for yourself what a ton of dedicated AC listeners are reporting.

See the original post up top to sign up and better do it soon!!!  :rules:


Re: Aero Digital Tour
« Reply #11 on: 18 May 2023, 06:45 pm »
Folks, the tour is officially launching today!  :dance: :dance: :dance:

It was a labor of love building all of these bad boys! I hope the results speak for themselves, both visually and sonically. If BCRich and Tyson’s review are any indication, you’re in for a great time!

Tour members check your emails. And if you haven’t signed up, we could take a couple more folks. Fill out the tour form and I’ll make space for you.  :thumb: