Han Sound Audio Aegis – Rock, Romance N’ Rollercoasters

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DISCLAIMER: Music Sanctuary (Han Sound Audio’s official Singaporean dealer) provided me with the Aegis in return for my honest opinion. I am not personally affiliated with the companies in any way, nor do I receive any monetary rewards for a positive evaluation. I’d like to thank Music Sanctuary and Han Sound Audio for their kindness and support. The review is as follows.

Han Sound Audio is a Taiwanese cable manufacturer. Despite their relative youth in the public market, the company have been active for years developing a number of proprietary designs. Now, all their conductors and connectors are produced in-house, resulting in their cables being essentially inimitable. Consequently, these innovations have garnered critical acclaim from enthusiasts across the world. My fellow writers ryanjsoo and flinkenick are massive proponents of the Redcore and Venom, respectively, and a recent US tour found the company great success in the West. Today, we’ll be looking at the Aegis: A unique silver-gold/copper fusion capable of excellent energy, musicality and dynamic contrast.

Han Sound Audio Aegis

  • Wire composition: 23 AWG OCC silver-gold alloy & OCC Litz copper
  • Default configuration: 4-wire
  • Key feature(s) (if any): Fully bespoke design; DuPont Kevlar core
  • Price: S$499
  • Website: www.hansoundaudio.com; www.music-sanctuary.com

Build and Accessories

The Aegis comes in a black box with the Han Sound Audio logo embossed on top. Below the lid is a rubbery foam sheet, as well as a foam-lined interior to keep the cable in place during transport. A circular cut-out is where the cable resides, wrapped in an included, faux-leather cable tie. As far as packaging is concerned, this isn’t the most extravagant I’ve seen. But despite the minimal flair, extremely useful features like the foam sheet and the cable tie speak to how well the packaging was thought out. It won’t win points for style, but completion, practicality and safety rank very high.

Flaunting the company’s experience in the trade, the Aegis is a wonderfully-built cable. It sports one of the most uniform braids I’ve seen yet, and the individual conductors sport a gorgeous semi-matte finish. Although they aren’t as bling-y as the market’s most recent offerings, the brown tint gives the Aegis an undeniably unique look; understated, clean and classy. Han Sound Audio’s cables are also among the most flexible I’ve used. They aren’t as silky-smooth to the touch as PlusSound’s PS Insulation, but they hold zero memory even after tens of coils, and they’re the least stiff in my collection as well. Finally, both the cable’s diminutive wire gauge and tight construction keep weight at a minimum in daily use.

Completing the look is the company’s in-house hardware. The metallic Y-split and connectors resemble brushed and polished aluminium, respectively; both complementing the carbon-fiber Furutech plug below. The company logo is also engraved into the Y-split for instant recognition. The chin slider – despite its rather loose hold – blends excellently to the Y-split for a coherent, uniform look. Common among them all is great density, so the components feel premium, even if they aren’t vanishing in weight. With an abundance of faux-looking, metal-and-carbon-fibre aesthetics dominating the market, it’s refreshing to see a company with the wherewithal and finesse to pull off the ubiquitous look with style.

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Church-boy by day and audio-obsessee by night, Daniel Lesmana’s world revolves around the rhythms and melodies we lovingly call: Music. When he’s not behind a console mixing live for a congregation of thousands, engineering records in a studio environment, or making noise behind a drum set, you’ll find him on his laptop analysing audio gear with fervor and glee. Now a specialist in custom IEMs, cables and full-sized headphones, he’s looking to bring his unique sensibilities - as both an enthusiast and a professional - into the reviewer’s space; a place where no man has gone before.

4 Comments

  1. PithyGinger63 on

    Great review!

    I paired one of these with an A12t and find it alright. Before, the A12t sounded a little bright and harsh for me, especially since I had paired it with an 8 wire cable that boosted transparency a little too far for me. There’s slight veil but this has been an exceedingly comfortable listening experience for me so far.

    • Deezel on

      Thanks! The Aegis definitely sacrifices a bit of transparency and resolve relative to 8-wire cables, because of – as I mentioned – its longer bass decay, linear upper-treble, etc. 8-wire cables tend to have a lot more dynamic range and space to them – so, a blacker background, more air around notes, etc. But, for what the Aegis is going for signature-wise, I think it’s absolutely stellar. Maybe an 8-wire Aegis to resolve that slight veil? 😉

      Cheers,
      Daniel

  2. ike1985 on

    I am LOVING Han Sound Cables. I’ve heard quite a few top end cables from many companies and Han Sound stood out big time to my ears. I am looking forward to hearing the SilverFi’s as well as they have a lot of hype around them. Can’t wait to get my venom, your thoughts on the Aegis are the same as mine. Great review.

    • Deezel on

      Thanks Ike! SilverFi’s have been a great interest of mine as well. Congrats on the Venom! It’s a wonderful cable to my ears.

      Cheers,
      Daniel

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