Analog vs Digital — The Great Audio Debate   

One of the most hotly contested debates in modern-day hifi is one of source and substance: analog or digital. The preferential rift isn’t as clear-cut as one would think. Thanks to the recent resurgence of vinyl (and even reel–to-reel, which is increasingly seen at hifi shows), one’s inclination towards LPs or CDs, tapes or WAV files, can’t be determined by the decade one was born in.  There are benefits and deficiencies to both formats to be sure, and that is exactly what we are exploring here…

 

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Argument for Analog

Aside from the obvious nostalgia, there are several reasons why discerning music lovers would opt for analog over digital sources. To many, vinyl recordings have a more authentic, natural quality than their digital counterparts (which critics often describe as cold and uninviting). Some may argue that analog bandwidth is superior, especially when compared to the dumbed-down results of compressed recordings (although those recordings are getting better with time, thanks to modernized digital files). Bandwidth aside, the REAL allure of analog is its raw charm, which has the power to elicit an emotional response from listeners. The term that is typically associated with this emotional response is “analog warmth”. It is interesting to note that this distinctive warmth is in fact a side-effect of technical imperfections in the analog recording process. Whether it is speed-stability issues of magnetic recording tape, or harmonic distortions created by transformers, each of these flaws leads to an enhancement of the mood, character, and enjoyment that comes with analog reproduction. And that enjoyment is only amplified when you add the ceremonial aspects to LP listening. No skipping around tracks—just you, the music, and the liner notes and artwork provided on your canvas-like cover.

 

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Digital Defense

Where analog may sweep with the nostalgia and feel-good factors, digital sources win out in terms of precision and convenience. We have advocated for “analog warmth”. However, let’s not forget that a lot of that warmth is the direct result of distortion—and some of that distortion is not so welcome. In general, digital recordings have a greater SNR (signal to noise ratio), and in many cases, that leads to a more enjoyable listening experience. Of course there are some wonderful pressings of vinyl available, but those LPs come with a high price tag. Unfortunately, the majority of affordable records are noisy, warped and distorted. Furthermore, while the ritual of getting out an album and listening to it play out in full may stand the test of time, the album (or tape) itself does not. The grooves and tapes of analog recordings can only withstand so much play time—digital files, on the other hand, can be listened to ad infinitum without any negative repercussions to their sonic integrity. Even at “first play”, you may be better off going with digital, since even standard CDs have significant dynamic advantages over vinyl. Lastly, consider the convenience of digital storage and the variety of digital streaming. Thanks to new technology and ever-improving files, audiophiles can keep their entire music catalog at their fingertips and explore artists and genres that they never would have been exposed to otherwise, with the click of a button.

 

The debate of analog vs digital could go on and on without a concrete, impartial conclusion. For the most part, the correct answer is highly individualized and preferential. It is a testament to our industry that we have so many great options on which to experience high fidelity recordings. But a debate is a debate, so we ask you: How do you like to have your music delivered to you?

Questions and Answers (November 2017)

Our product specialists receive questions on a daily basis about Nordost products, their application, and hifi in general.  We thought that we would take a minute to share some of our most recent and frequently asked questions here so that everyone can get the answers they are looking for!


Screen Shot 2017-11-10 at 2.14.38 PMQ: I am in the process of upgrading my audio cables, but the way that my system is set up, I need to make sure that whatever I get is flexible. Can your speaker wire be bent to form around corners?

A: Yes, because Nordost cables are made with extruded FEP, they can be bent and folded without delaminating or damaging the insulation. Our Lief cables have virtually zero restrictions in flexibility. However, due to the solid core, high gauge conductors used in some of our Reference ranges, they do become a little less flexible, but can still be bent to at least a 90° angle.


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Q: Can I use Sort Füt under turntables? Are you aware of others doing this with turntables and/or do you advise against it for any reason?

A: You can use the Sort Füt with any component that allows for threaded inserts. We have had a lot of positive feedback from people who have installed our Sort Füt under their turntables. Not only does it help in terms of draining unwanted vibrations, but it is a great way to level your turntable as well. In fact, we use the Sort Füt under our VPI Classic Turntable in our own sound room.


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Q: I have Nordost speaker cables, and I see that there are arrows on them. What do the arrows signify? Do they make an impact on how I install them into my system?

A: The arrows that you see on your speaker cables indicate the direction of signal flow once it is set up in the system.  Since the signal goes from the amp to the speaker, you want to make sure that the arrow is pointing to the speaker.


Q: I just ordered 2 pcs of your QV2 AC line harmonizers. Can I leave these devices plugged into the wall AC outlet all the time, or do I need to unplug them when my audio system is not in use? Will leaving them hooked up to a wall outlet decrease their lifespan? 

A: Unless you experience power surges or things of that nature, you can leave them plugged in at all times.  Having them on all the time won’t hurt the lifespan, unless they are subject to surges or electrical spikes.

Nelson Brill On New Audiophile Quality Recordings From Troubadours Spinning Tales From Americana

Real music lovers can find the melody in everything. From the park to the concert hall, our friend Nelson Brill is always on the hunt for great sound. In this blog, Brill focuses his attention on three wonderful folk acts — Charlie Parr, John McEuen, and Sherman Holmes.  


 

NEW AUDIOPHILE QUALITY RECORDINGS FROM TROUBADOURS SPINNING TALES FROM AMERICANA

By Nelson Brill

NOVEMBER 3, 2017

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First up, a recent movie tip: the 2016 biopic, Maudie [Screen Door Productions/Sony Pictures Classics] is a stellar film that portrays the life of Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis [1903-1970] who overcame many obstacles, including being orphaned at a young age; suffering a lifetime of disease and abuse from her husband and society at large, to blossom as an artist. In this moving film, the actress Sally Hawkins plays Lewis and captures all of her fragility, sense of humor and resilience with passion and quiet dignity. Ethan Hawke is also superb as Lewis’ abusive and reclusive spouse.

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Lewis’ paintings capture her love of the landscape of her native Nova Scotia, (dancing flowers, bleak wintry scenes, birds in flight, workers in the fields), and is a testament to the power of folk art grounded in a particular place and time.

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Folk art, in the musical context, can also work a mesmerizing hold on the human need to tell stories of a certain place and time, accompanied by an irresistible back beat. One such master of this musical form is Minnesota native Charlie Parr, (www.charlieparr.com) who performed an intimate solo concert within the warm pine-paneled walls of the Atwoods Tavern in Cambridge, MA. (www.atwoodstavern.com) on October 2nd. Parr’s inventive yarns glowed with the glory and heartbreak of people living within his landscape of rural Minnesota and beyond, sung in a voice that rose in spiky, maverick expression.

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Parr’s show at the Atwood, (resembling a house concert with the capacity young crowd swaying to Parr’s fleet guitar and thunderous foot-stomping) was ignited by Parr singing a number of originals from his 2015 audiophile gem, Stumpjumper [Red House Records; www.redhouserecords.com).

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Highlights included a lilting “Remember Me If I Forget” (with swirling slide guitar accents quick and agile) and the contemplative “Over The Red Cedar”, a revolving beauty that tells the tale of a neighborhood kid growing into a man and realizing the passage of time. Parr also took a raucous detour into “Falcon”, (another highlight from Stumpjumper), that rocked furiously on a spinning tale of a wisecracking “north of the Red River” character surviving as best he can. On “Falcon,” Parr’s pumping acoustic guitar and heavy foot stomps sounded like baseball cards flipping in bicycle spokes: revolving in crisp colors with great vocal bravado, string heat and fleet guitar propulsion.

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Parr also plunged with scrappy heat into several numbers taken from his new recording, Dog [Red House Records] where his lyrics shone like little powerful firecrackers, bursting with life. He sang meditatively about a tale of sons following in the footsteps of their fathers (“Hobo”); about our comic rituals surrounding death (“I Ain’t Dead Yet”) (with Parr’s slide working its greased magic) and finishing with a blistering version of the classic murder tale, “Stagger Lee,” belting his vocals and tumultuous guitar strums to the height of expressive power. Parr also paid tribute to his friend and fellow traveler, the incomparable Spider John Koerner, playing a version of one of Koerner’s comic tales (that features Buffalo Bill and Koerner’s contemplation of Free Will) in an effervescent tumble of Parr’s sharp guitar lines and playful majesty. Parr left the stage to the raucous ovations of the audience who hung on every one of his craggy lyrics and the crackling sound of his spinning, incisive guitar licks.

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Returning from Parr’s intimate and soulful performance, I was reminded of a new recording by another superb folk art master who also takes his inspiration from the likes of Spider John Koerner, Jerry Jeff Walker, Johnny Cash and Warren Zevon to create his own stew of rollicking folk music joy. Roots Music Made in Brooklyn [Chesky Records; www.chesky.com] is a new recording by singer, songwriter and string master John McEuen. For this recording, McEuen assembled a sterling group of musicians at the Hirsch Center in Brooklyn, New York for an informal jam session that delivers a bountiful feast of acoustic gifts. The audio quality of this Chesky “binaural recording” (utilizing their “3D and Applied Acoustics” recording technics) is superb in its tactile and dynamic presence; its natural tones and colors and, (as always with the Chesky label), a beautiful capturing of instruments and voices illuminating the natural space and air of the particular recording venue.  [For another vivid dose of the Chesky label’s new sonic gifts, listen to the amazing 2016 Chesky recording Stripped that ensnares the craggy vocals of Macy Gray (with her stellar band) in a performance that shimmers and soars in airy delights].

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On McEuen’s disc, instrumental compositions “Acoustic Traveler”, “Brooklyn Crossing” and “Miner’s Night Out” are all shining, carefree explorations of Americana melodies with garlands of beautiful solos from this swanking ensemble.

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These include sweet clarinet solos from Andy Goessling; sparkling fiddle from Jay Ungar; deft guitar solos from David Bromberg and McEuen and pumping acoustic bass from Skip Ward. McEuen’s canvas encompasses the swanking gospel of “I Rose Up” (with layered background vocalists rising and falling around banjo pricks and fiddle sways), to the rough and tumble sounds of  New Orleans in “Travelin Mood,” (with David Bromberg firing up his acoustic guitar flowing into David Amram’s soaring penny whistle solo).

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The crisp interplay between these spirited musicians also propels McEuen’s free-flowing versions of Warren Zevon’s comic, sardonic treats: “Excitable Boy” (with Bromberg’s vocals taking a turn next to swaying mandolin, fiddle and chorus) and “My Dirty Life And Times,” taken at a bluesy pace (led by Steve Martin’s scrappy banjo) with mandolin, dobro and fiddle accents swirling around McEuen’s vocals. Delectable blue-grass is also here on “Blue Ridge Cabin Home” and “The Mountain Whippoorwill,” where McEuen’s solo fiddle and spoken words pay tribute to another folk hero, Vasser Clements. McEuen’s words and instrumental radiance reverberate off the walls of the recording space in spare elegance on this twisting tale.

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The crowning glory to this recording is McEuen and his band’s version of Jerry Jeff Walker’s folk classic, “Mr. Bojangles.” This swaying beauty brews on the expressive vocals of David Bromberg, John Cowan and others, reveling in this expressive tale all curled up with acoustic accompaniments plied and strummed with quiet passion.

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A final, glorious dip into new musical folk art recordings takes us to Christchurch, Virginia into the deep blues, gospel and tumultuous rock flowing in the blood of Sherman Holmes, bassist and vocalist for the venerable Holmes Brothers Band. Since the death of his two brothers, Holmes has soldiered on to now produce a glowing new recording with his Sherman Holmes Project, The Richmond Sessions [M.C. Records; www.mc-records.com] in which his voice, bass and keyboard presides in a gathering of musicians and gospel singers who make these folk, gospel and rock tunes shimmer and shake.

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The recording quality is superb. This is no surprise because Mark Carpentieri’s M.C. Records is well known for producing recordings with great presence, dynamic energy and natural, life-like image dimensionality. (Take a listen to M.C. Records’ 1999 recording of Odetta, in her Blues Everywhere I Go for a reference blues recording of knockout beauty and passion).

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A crackling presence of pumping guitars, propulsive bass and vivid vocals sears this new M.C. Records recording of the Sherman Holmes Project from start to finish. Holmes and his swanking band glow in their gospel righteousness on such gut-thumping traditionals as “Wide River”, “I Want Jesus” and “Rock of Ages.” All of these tunes are laced with the deep spirited vocals of Homes and the surging power of his background vocal group, “The Ingramettes,” three female vocalists who bring supremely assured vocal prowess and soaring power to the mix.

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The band extends their gospel and soul roots into exuberant, rocking versions of Ben Harper’s “Homeless Child”, John Fogerty’s “Green River”; Holland, Dozier’s “Don’t Do It” (made famous by The Band’s rollicking version) and a roguish “Breaking Up Somebody’s Home”.  In each of these volcanic gems, the musicianship is superb, with sparkling solos from Rob Ickes’ spindly and inventive dobro and David Van Deventer’s crafty fiddle.  Jim Lauderdale’s “Lonesome Pines” brings us home, with its slow cyclical expressive vocals, spinning banjo and ebullient hits from Ickes’ dobro. Here is power and soul; instrumental glitter and intoxicating singing that all take the Sherman Holmes Project’s folk portrait to a foot-stomping earthy place within the rich and diverse soil of Americana.

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If you would like to read more reviews like this one, visit Nelson’s blog at www.bostonconcertreviews.com.


Trade Shows — November 2017


INDONESIAN HIGH END SHOW (IHEAC)

Come and see Nordost at the Indonesian High End Show, where we will be supporting our awesome Indonesian distributor, MDI! Visit us at the Peninsula Hotel in room 904, November 17-19th. You will not want to miss MDI’s room, which is featuring FOCAL speakers, Naim/Moon Amplifiers, and of course, a full loom of Nordost’s Odin 2 cables. This is a great opportunity to hear a world class system, and experience live product demonstrations and cable comparisons.

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Peninsula Hotel

Jalan Letjen S. Parman No.78,

Slipi, Palmerah,

Jakarta Barat 11410

Indonesia

www.piheac.com


AUDIO VIDEO SHOW

Join Nordost at the Audio Video Show, November 17-19th at the Golden Tulip Hotel in Warsaw, Poland. Nordost will be supporting our wonderful Polish distributor, Audio Klan, in TV Studio 1 in the PGE National Stadium. Throughout the weekend, the Audio Video Show attendees will have the opportunity to stop in and see Nordost’s truly unique cable comparisons and product demonstrations, presented live, by Nordost sales representatives. We hope to see you there!

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November 17-19th

Stadion PGE Narodowy Al. Ks. J. Poniatowskiego 1  Warsaw

Radisson Blu Sobieski Hotel Plac Artura Zawiszy 1 Warsaw

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www.audioshow.pl


HXOS EIKONA SHOW 2017

Come and join Nordost at HXOS EIKONA this November 25th and 26th at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Athens. Product specialist and trainer, Dennis Bonotto, will be performing demonstrations and answering questions in The Orpheus Audio room. Demonstrations will feature several Nordost products, including the new QKORE Ground Unit, which has garnered enormous success since its launch at Munich High End this past spring. The QKORE is the most effective, comprehensive grounding solution in the industry. It provides an artificial, “clean” earth using both electrical and mechanical approaches to eliminate stray high frequency noise and voltage-generated magnetic fields from your sound system, leaving a clean reference behind. Take advantage of this opportunity to hear, first-hand, what proper grounding can do to a top-shelf sound system!

November 25-26th

Athens, Greece 

www.highend.show

 

 

 


 

 

Nordost Playlist – November 2017

Nordost is lucky to have a wonderful team of representatives and product trainers who travel around the world educating and demonstrating the effects of Nordost’s products. As part of these demonstrations, it is our job to find an interesting and diverse selection of music to showcase our cables, power devices, sort system and accessories. Whether at shows, visiting our dealers and distributors or even in our own listening room in our headquarters in Holliston, we are constantly getting asked what music we are playing (or if our audience is not so bold to ask, we can see their Shazams working overtime). So we thought this would be a perfect opportunity to share our favorite songs of the moment. Some may be classics, some may be brand new, some may not even be to your taste, but one thing is for sure …it’s all great music.

Here are some of the songs that we will have on rotation this November.


You can now listen to our monthly playlist here:  TIDAL  |  SPOTIFY


  1. Smooth Sailin’—Mike Clark & the Sugar Sounds—Round & Round
  2. Big Bad Good—My Bubba—Big Bad Good
  3. Waiting Game—Banks—Goddess (Deluxe)
  4. Celestial Echo—Malia, Boris Blank—Convergence
  5. Picky—Spiderbait—Tonight Alright
  6. Can’t Help Falling in Love—Elvis Presley—Blue Hawaii
  7. Die Young—Max Frost—Intoxication
  8. Come On—Mikhael Paskalev—What’s Life Without Losers
  9. Georgia On My Mind—Annie Lennox—Nostalgia
  10. I Don’t Know You—The Marías—I Don’t Know You

 

Chris Martens Reviews Nordost Headphone Cables for The Absolute Sound

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Since its release in 2014, the Heimdall Headphone Cable has made a tremendous impact on the performance level that customers are able to achieve while using their personal audio systems. As a result of its success, Nordost soon after introduced the Blue Heaven Headphone Cable. Years later, both cables are still receiving attention from reviewers and thought-leaders. This month, Chris Marten shared his impressions of these transformative aftermarket headphone cables in The Absolute Sound:

“The defining sonic characteristics of the Blue Heaven headphone cables are an open and airy-sounding midrange presentation with plenty of transient “snap” and definition coupled with detailed and extended highs.”

“Heimdall 2 [headphone] cables yielded several worthwhile sonic improvements, including more tautly defined but no less impactful bass, an across-the-board and evenly balanced increase in resolution, and a really impressive quality of top-to-bottom harmonic integrity.”

You can now see Chris’s headphone cable review on the Nordost website under reviews

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Pictures from Nordost Nation! October 2017

Nordost is lucky to have such incredibly loyal and enthusiastic customers! One great way that our fans let us know that they are happy with the work that we do is by sending us pictures of their Nordost products in action. Here are a few photos that have been shared with us recently. Feel free to send us pictures of Nordost in your system, via Facebook, info@nordost.com, or #nordostcables on Instagram, so that we can continue to share them with the whole Nordost family!


 

What Hi-Fi? Thailand shared this amazing photo of their rack loaded up with dCS and supported by Nordost cables, power products, and resonance control.

What Hi-Fi? Thailand shared this amazing photo of their rack loaded up with dCS and supported by Nordost cables, power products, and resonance control.

F1 Audio is using Sort Kones and Heimdall 2 to complete this great system.

F1 Audio is using Sort Kones and Heimdall 2 to complete this great system.

@kurt_cobain.a shared this striking shot of our Purple Flare Loudspeaker Cables, on display at the Hong Kong High-End Audio Visual Show.

@kurt_cobain.a shared this striking shot of our Purple Flare Loudspeaker Cables, on display at the Hong Kong High-End Audio Visual Show.

@gsoundquest captured this photo mid-speaker demonstration.

@gsoundquest captured this photo mid-speaker demonstration.

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“Listening session and demonstration with Roy Gregory at the VPI House using the VPI Titan, Nordost Cables MOON by Simaudio and Kef America” – VPI Industries

Awesome awesome shot of the Heimdall 2 Headphone Cable by @kingweiwei

Awesome awesome shot of the Heimdall 2 Headphone Cable by @kingweiwei

"To be or not...#nordostcables" - @stylusaudio

“To be or not…#nordostcables” – @stylusaudio

Great looking (and sounding!) system from Stylus audio.

Great looking (and sounding!) system from Stylus audio.

"Dan, you were right! Vinyl sounds amazing through the Audiolab 8300A! #vinyl #red #nowspinning #duranduran #projectturntable #audiolab #rotel #wyred4sound #jungson #wharfedale #nordost #mogamicables #espguitars #ortofon2mred #audiophile" - @evotrance

“Dan, you were right! Vinyl sounds amazing through the Audiolab 8300A! #vinyl #red #nowspinning #duranduran #projectturntable #audiolab #rotel #wyred4sound #jungson #wharfedale #nordost #mogamicables #espguitars #ortofon2mred #audiophile” – @evotrance

 

Cables are up front, on display in this Oslo Hi-Fi system, grounded with QKORE. "Nordost Cables Demoroom is primed with audio insight speakers and burmester Electronics!"

Cables are up front, on display in this Oslo Hi-Fi system, grounded with QKORE.
“Nordost Cables Demoroom is primed with audio insight speakers and burmester Electronics!” 

"Wireless? No, thanks!" - @oslohificenter

“Wireless? No, thanks!” – @oslohificenter

"Listening to Jesu/Sun Kill Moon on vinyl and ripping CD’s! ☺️ #vinyl #rega #bmcaudio #sonusfaber #naim #nordost #audiophile #cambridgeaudio #hifi #cd #ripping #streaming #music #stereophile #radiohead #jesu #sunkillmoon #mac" - @hansibar77

“Listening to Jesu/Sun Kill Moon on vinyl and ripping CD’s! ☺️ #vinyl #rega #bmcaudio #sonusfaber #naim #nordost #audiophile #cambridgeaudio #hifi #cd #ripping #streaming #music #stereophile #radiohead #jesu #sunkillmoon #mac” – @hansibar77

What Hi-Fi? Thailand took this great photo while demonstrating their QKORE Ground Units

What Hi-Fi? Thailand took this great photo while demonstrating their QKORE Ground Units

 

"At my boy Jason's... Lovely little set up does he have! #elipson #sl1200mk5 #regabrior #nordost" - @thebrownbandit

“At my boy Jason’s… Lovely little set up does he have! #elipson #sl1200mk5 #regabrior #nordost” – @thebrownbandit

 

"The #nordost #qrt purified sound system is nothing less than stunning. It’s design allows your #system to function with the cleanest power signal possible. The result is a noticeable improvement across the Sonic landscape. I never knew how much signal noise can interfere with overall audio delivery. This setup was in @audio_by_mark_jones." - @audio_physicist

“The #nordost #qrt purified sound system is nothing less than stunning. It’s design allows your #system to function with the cleanest power signal possible. The result is a noticeable improvement across the Sonic landscape. I never knew how much signal noise can interfere with overall audio delivery. This setup was in @audio_by_mark_jones.” – @audio_physicist

RMAF and TAVES 2017 Recap

We had some spectacular sounding rooms representing Nordost at both the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest and TAVES. Whether you came to Denver or Toronto, we hope that you enjoyed our cable comparisons and demonstrations featuring our new QKORE Ground Unit. If you weren’t able to make it to either event, you can check out some photos of Nordost’s systems below!


Nordost’s room at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest:

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Nordost products featured throughout RMAF:

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Nordost’s room at TAVES:

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Audio Eden room with Odin 2:

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Gershman / Oracle room:

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Upcoming Dealer Events and Trade Shows (Fall 2017)


OSLO HI-FI-CENTER

Oslo Hi-Fi Center would like to invite all hifi enthusiasts in the Oslo area to their very special event, “The Autumn Pulse”, taking place October 20th-22nd. Nordost representative and product trainer, Dennis Bonotto, will be present all weekend in order to give insight on Nordost products, as well as perform demonstrations featuring the new QKORE Ground Unit. The QKORE is the most effective, comprehensive grounding solution in the industry. It provides an artificial, “clean” earth using both electrical and mechanical approaches to eliminate stray high frequency noise and voltage-generated magnetic fields from your sound system, leaving a clean reference behind. Come to Oslo Hi-Fi Center to see systems featuring products from industry leaders including Nordost, Avantgarde Acoustic, Audiovector, KEF, Naim, Burmester, Focal, Technics, McIntosh, AudioForm, IsoTek, and Ixion.

The Autumn Pulse

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October 21st 10:00-18:00

October 22nd 10:00-1700

Dronning Mauds gate 1-3, 0250 Oslo

Tlf: 22 01 04 30

REGISTER HERE

www.oslohificenter.no


THE HI-FI SHOW LIVE 2017

Please join Nordost October 21st and 22nd at The Hi-Fi Show Live! Nordost will be partnering up with Atacama, Esoteric, and ProAc, to put on a great show at the De Vere Beaumont Estate in Old Windsor. Show attendees will have the opportunity to experience Nordost’s famous product demonstrations and cable comparisons, which will be led by Nordost representative and product specialist, Alex Brady, on a system featuring Valhalla 2 cabling and using our new QKORE Ground Units. The QKORE is the most effective, comprehensive grounding solution in the industry. It provides an artificial, “clean” earth using both electrical and mechanical approaches to eliminate stray high frequency noise and voltage-generated magnetic fields from your sound system, leaving a clean reference behind. Take advantage of this opportunity to hear, first-hand, what proper grounding can do to a top-shelf sound system!

The Hi-Fi Show Live 2017

October 21-22

Old Widsor, UK

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OVERTURE AUDIO

Come and join us for a night of demonstrations, comparisons and great music! Overture Audio, in Ann Arbor, MI, is hosting a Nordost Event November 2nd, from 5-9 PM. Nordost sales representative, Mike Marko, will be in attendance, giving guests an introduction to our line of hifi audio cables. We hope that everyone in the area will be able to visit us to hear, firsthand, what our transformative products have to offer your home audio system.

Nooverturevember 2nd 5–9pm

2460 W. Stadium Blvd. Ann Arbor, MI  48103

Contact: Tom Jankowski

(734) 662-1812

tomj@overture-audio.com

www.overture-audio.com


F1 AUDIO

If you’re in the Chicago area, be sure to stop by F1 Audio, Thursday, November 16th, for what is sure to be an amazing evening! Nordost’s representative, and product specialist, Mike Marko, will be on hand performing demonstrations and answering questions. See below for further information! 

November 16th 5–9pm

311 E Dundee Rd Palatine, IL 60074

Contact: Jamie Pauls

(847) 772-3140

jamie@f1audio.com

www.f1audio.com


HXOS EIKONA SHOW 2017

Come and join Nordost at HXOS EIKONA this November 25th and 26th at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Athens. Product specialist and trainer, Dennis Bonotto, will be performing demonstrations and answering questions in The Orpheus Audio room. Demonstrations will feature several Nordost products, including the new QKORE Ground Unit, which has garnered enormous success since its launch at Munich High End this past spring. The QKORE is the most effective, comprehensive grounding solution in the industry. It provides an artificial, “clean” earth using both electrical and mechanical approaches to eliminate stray high frequency noise and voltage-generated magnetic fields from your sound system, leaving a clean reference behind. Take advantage of this opportunity to hear, first-hand, what proper grounding can do to a top-shelf sound system!

November 25th-26th

Athens, Greece 

www.highend.show

 

 

 


HOLM AUDIO

Holm Audio invites everyone in the Chicago area to a musical evening at their showroom in Woodridge, IL. Join the Holm Audio staff, along with Nordost representative and product specialist, Mike Marko, for an amazing night of demonstrations! This special event is taking place Thursday, November 30th, from 5-9 PM. For further details about this event, visit www.holmaudio.com

November 30th

5–9pm

2050 West 75th Street

Woodridge, IL 60517

Contact: Mike Holm

(630) 663-1298

jkholm@aol.com

www.holmaudio.com


 

Nordost Playlist – October 2017

Nordost is lucky to have a wonderful team of representatives and product trainers who travel around the world educating and demonstrating the effects of Nordost’s products. As part of these demonstrations, it is our job to find an interesting and diverse selection of music to showcase our cables, power devices, sort system and accessories. Whether at shows, visiting our dealers and distributors or even in our own listening room in our headquarters in Holliston, we are constantly getting asked what music we are playing (or if our audience is not so bold to ask, we can see their Shazams working overtime). So we thought this would be a perfect opportunity to share our favorite songs of the moment. Some may be classics, some may be brand new, some may not even be to your taste, but one thing is for sure …it’s all great music.

Here are some of the songs that we will have on rotation this October.

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  1. Plastic—Moses Sumney—Mid-City Island
  2. The May Queen—Robert Plant—The May Queen
  3. I put a spell on you—Screamin’ Jay Hawkins—At Home with Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
  4. Fire—The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown—The Crazy World of Arthur Brown
  5. oh baby—LCD Soundsystem—american dream
  6. Thank God for the Culture—Wyclef Jean, Marx Solvila—Carnival III: The Fall and Rise of a Refugee
  7. Amber and Musk—Strunz & Farah—Journey Around the Sun
  8. Humility—Kamasi Washington—Harmony of Difference
  9. Three Story Home—Earl St. Clair—My Name Is Earl
  10. Take Off Your Sunglasses—Ezra Furman & The Harpoons—Inside The Human Body

We’ll be updating our “Nordost Monthly Playlist” on Spotify every month, and you can visit our profile to find all our selections in one place!