Jason of Hapa and I have been friends for around 20 years but don't often have the chance to get together. Yesterday the planets aligned and we managed to hang out for the afternoon, catch up and listen to some music. He also brought of bag full of goodies, one of which was a prototype of his upcoming shoot-for-the-moon interconnect, he gave me the honor for being the first to see and hear this.
Due to my system layout, the only option was between the Holo May DAC and the preamp, a Bent TAP-X with silver autoformers. This was a singled ended interconnect, my system normally runs with balanced IC's, so we had the luxury of being able to leave both in and switch between them, of course having to adjust for the levels between singled ended and balanced. My balanced IC''s are some I made from solid silver NeoTech wire, which has been out of production for years, slightly modified from it's original form, but these have served well for many years.
Tonally, there was not much difference between the cables, but the new Hapa cables offered less congestion around the instruments and voices. We were listening to The Marriage Of Figaro and the singers were considerably more present if that makes sense. There was a noticeably greater sense of the space around the performers, the really low level reflections from the hall where it was recorded. Similar to what the Aero USB provided, more information, particularly the low level nuances the provide our brains with the cues about the environment.
I don't know if this is the final design, when they will be ready for the world, the final name or cost, but from what I heard, Jason has done some very good work on these. I have a sneaky suspicion my wallet will have to open at some point in the future.