Dealer Spotlight: Audio Eden Ltd.

By Bruno de Lorimier

Just north of Toronto, in a charming old house in Yonge Street’s commercial district, resides one of Greater Toronto’s finest HiFi shops. Welcome to Audio Eden Ltd. in Aurora.

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Audio Eden is the perfect spot to see and hear some of high-end audio’s most sought-after brands, including Bryston, Linn, Naim, Totem, Acoustic, Kef, LFD and of course, Nordost. In fact, in addition to representing Nordost’s Leif, Norse 2, and Valhalla 2 cabling, Audio Eden is the only retailer in Ontario where you can experience the Odin 2 range. A full loom of Nordost’s Supreme Reference range is on display, connecting big names like Nagra, Kharma, JBL, and Mark Levinson.

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Storeowners, Robert and Mike, have been passionate audiophiles and music lovers since their teens. The years they have spent as hobbyists and retailers, listening to and setting up a vast array of gear, have helped them curate their current lineup of world class audio goodies. Their experience, and their commitment to customer satisfaction, coupled with the multiple sound rooms in their facility set up to mimic real world listening environments, help ensure that fellow audiophiles and music lovers will find the right path on their journey to HiFi nirvana.

Let the boys at Audio Eden show you how the right cabling can “breathe” life into your system’s performance, no matter how accomplished or modest your rig.

Stop by for a listen, a look, or just to say hello. The pursuit of high fidelity is alive and well at Audio Eden.

Dealer Spotlight: HiFi Innovationen

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In northwest Germany, surrounded by beautiful green meadows, parks and valleys, you will find the city of Kassel, equidistant from major cities such as Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Leipzig, and Hannover. Kassel’s relaxing environment is the perfect setting to enjoy good music, and at HiFi Innovationen, owner Klaus Kirchhof goes out of his way to make your listening experience in these idyllic surroundings unforgettable.

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Each year, HiFi Innovationen hosts several events where customers can listen to new releases from different manufacturers and setups at every level. This spring, Nordost was invited to participate in two separate demonstrations and was greeted by a full attendance throughout the whole weekend.

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First, we put the emphasis on power—starting with the power cords. We showed attendees that feeding electronics with good power cords can make a great difference. In fact, these often overlooked components are fundamental in making your system play at its best! We also used our QV2 and QK1 harmonizers and enhancers in order to demonstrate how to minimize the electrical noise that sneaks into our setups through the power supply. However, electrical noise isn’t the only thing affecting the sound quality of your system negatively. Mechanical noise can also seriously degrade musical reproduction, which Nordost remedies with Sort Kones and Sort Füt. During the demonstrations at HiFi Innovationen, we showed that even the power distribution block is subject to noise that feeds into the signal chain.

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Finally, we featured our new, Supreme Reference Range, Odin 2. During our demonstration of this revolutionary cable, HiFi Innovationen customers had the rare opportunity to hear A-B comparisons between the original Odin and Odin 2 cables, including power cords, loudspeaker cables, and digital/analog interconnects. By the end of our presentation it was clear to all in attendance how Odin 2 has improved technology, construction and fidelity, lifting our reference bar to new heights.

Next time you’re in Germany, make sure you visit Klaus to audition Nordost cables for yourself.

 

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Dipl.-Ing. K. Kirchhof
Weserstraße 11
34317 Kassel -
Habichtswald-Ehlen
Phone 05606.6155
Fax 05606.6156
Mobil 0172.5644588 

Dealer Spotlight: Arizona HiFi

Arizona HiFi is a hotbed for music lovers, located at the always-busy corner of Camelback and Central, just north of downtown Phoenix. Arizona HiFi not only offers some of the finest brands, but they’ve also created an atmosphere where enjoyment of music and all things cool are at the forefront.

Formally known as Arizona Tube Audio, Arizona HiFi was founded by Dan Mazza, who had decided to phase away from the business in 2000. Glen Bevell, who currently serves as Arizona HiFi’s steward, took ownership because he couldn’t imagine the Phoenix community without this wonderful institution. Music has always been a central part of Glen’s life; early on, family members would gather during the holidays and sooner or later somebody would pick up an instrument and begin to perform. Sadly for Glen, musicianship wasn’t meant to be, but developing a good ear was. This, combined with Glen’s constant stream of random audio gear, which he, along with his older brother, performed Frankensteinian experimentations with, lead his never ending pursuit of the ultimate in audio performance. This culminated in Glen’s professional involvement in the specialty audio industry.

Arizona HiFi wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Glen’s second in command, Bill Goodman. Bill has been a constant fixture in the Phoenix hifi scene since 1979. Bill possesses an encyclopedic knowledge of audio gear and its history – Bill has passed this knowledge down to Glen and the next generation. Away from the shop, Bill spends a considerable amount of time devoted to Phoenix’s homegrown live music scene. Today, Bill spins tales and helps tend to the flock of Arizona Hifi followers.

Arizona Hifi has created a positive and constantly busy environment; this is without doubt due to the energy and soul that Glen and Bill bring to the store every day. Please don’t hesitate to visit their website, pick up the phone, or even better, grab some of your favorite new music and swing by the store.

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Dealer Spotlight: Cloney Audio

By Alex Brady

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It seems fitting this month to focus on one of Nordost’s longest standing distributors: Cloney Audio. They’re based in Blackrock, on the outskirts of Dublin, Ireland and began distributing Nordost back in 1991.

2016 sees Noel Cloney and his team celebrating their 50th year in business. Over that time, they’ve established an enviable reputation for providing hi-fi systems of outstanding performance for their loyal customers.

Alongside Nordost, they’ve distributed other highly regarded brands for many years, such as Arcam, B&W (including 800 Series), Linn and Naim.

Never a company to stand still, Cloney Audio has, in recent years, developed a very successful international custom install division, installing complete home automation solutions in glamorous locations such as Ibiza and Puerto Banus.

Nordost and Cloney Audio’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of performance across all areas illustrates why they have been such successful partners for a quarter of a century. The good news for customers in 2016 is that Cloney Audio is offering more Nordost solutions for audio, video and home automation than ever before.

Everyone at Nordost congratulates Cloney Audio on its 50 years in business and looks forward to many more years of partnership together.

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Dealer Spotlight: LYRIC HI FI

By Steve Greene

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Whether you are a visitor or a resident of metro New York City, any trip uptown or north of the city in White Plains would be incomplete without dropping by Lyric Hi Fi to see and hear the latest high-end audio gear in some of America’s best sound rooms. Lyric was founded in 1959 by the venerable Mike Kay, an icon in the audio industry for over 40 years. When it came time for Mr. Kay to retire, the New York audio community was fortunate indeed to see him sell his business to longtime and beloved key employees Lenny Bellezza and Dan Mondoro. In fact, both gentlemen have enjoyed working with Lyric’s fine clientele for over 30 years, so the transition to new ownership was incredibly smooth! Lenny can be found at the Lexington Avenue store in the city, and Dan at the White Plains, NY store. Lenny and Dan exude the very definition of professionalism and class, making sure every customer is treated like a family member, and ensuring each customer’s experience at Lyric turns them into a lifelong client. Both stores are staffed with experienced installers and very knowledgeable sales people, including Mike Deutsch, Bob Herman and Scott Trusty.

While Lyric was a leader in early remote controlled custom audio installations, they became the leader in high-end audio in both metro New York City and the US as that industry began its formation and growth, particularly in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. Lyric Hi Fi became an oasis for manufacturers to showcase their latest high end products. Music lovers, and even magazine editors and writers, flocked in to see and hear these cutting-edge hi-fi components perform in special, custom-built sound rooms— and the same remains true today! Lyric’s sound rooms are very unique for an audio store, allowing you to hear everything the selected equipment being demoed is capable of. The floors are decoupled from the walls, which are not parallel to each other, eliminating standing waves and hiding any interference from New York’s famous underground subway. The construction of all the special materials used to build these awesome sound rooms was actually done in the Lexington Avenue store’s basement level cabinet shop! In fact, some manufacturers even used these facilities to build, among other things, speaker cabinets. Industry luminaries like Rudy Bozak, Saul Marantz, Dick Sequirra, Bob Carver, Harry Pearson and so on were known to frequent Lyric Hi Fi! This continues today with the industry’s top designers and manufacturers making frequent visits.

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Today, customers still reap the benefits of Lyric’s vast customer service experience and superior demo facilities perfected over the years. The product mix in both locations run the gamut from affordable but great sounding components, up to the very finest audio components that most can only aspire to buy. Brands like Wilson Audio, B&W, McIntosh, VPI, Rega, dCS, Audio Research, Marantz, GoldenEar, PrimaLuna, Dynavector, Audeze, Sonos, Magnepan, NAD, and, of course, Nordost, just to mention a few, are on display and available for demo. Both locations also offer a wide range of accessories to enhance your system, including a huge selection of Nordost cables, Sort Kones, and QRT products. It would be difficult to visit either store and not find something in your budget that you just can’t leave the store without! Parking is quite easy with spaces often available directly in front of the Lexington Ave location, or just around the corner on 83rd St, which is where I usually park during my visits. A public parking lot is directly next door to the White Plains store as well as directly in front of it. So, make sure you visit either store when uptown or north of the city; you’ll be very glad you did!

Dealer Spotlight: The Sound Environment

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As one of America’s premiere Audio & Video retailers, Charlie Santmire and crew have been serving music lovers for over 46 years, right in the heart of the U.S.A.  Their state-of-the-art showrooms, as well as the professionalism and enthusiasm the entire staff that work at The Sound Environment display, are second to none.

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Nordost is proud to be one of the exceptional manufacturers that The Sound Environment has chosen to work with, serving their customers with the best products that hifi has to offer. Nordost’s flagship Odin 2 cables and Reference Valhalla 2 Cables are on display and ready for auditioning, alongside other world-class brands such D’Agostino, Wilson, VTL, dCS, Rockport, Focal, Naim, HRS, and many others.

The individualized care and dedication that The Sound Environment shows is not lost on their faithful customers, as shown here in this quote given by one of their recent clients:

“[The staff of The Sound Environment] emphasize value at all price points, whether that be a mega-bucks, world-class system or simply a small, desktop system you could use at your computer. Regardless of your budget, TSE will provide you with the highest quality sound and video for your money. Period. Beyond that, they have an immensely helpful and patient staff of experts that are as passionate about what they do as anyone in any field.  I would absolutely, without hesitation or equivocation, recommend TSE to anyone who values high quality sound and video.”

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So, the next time you find yourself in Omaha on your way to a meeting with Warren Buffet, stop by the friendly, professional folks at The Sound Environment.  It’s an experience you won’t soon forget!

The Sound Environment

11021 Elm Street

Omaha, NE 68144

(402) 391-3842

www.soundenvironment.com

Dealer Spotlight: AudioVisionaries

By Michael Taylor

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If you are looking for “wonderful” things, just head south to our partner in Puerto Rico, AudioVisionaries.  Wonderful beaches, wonderful cuisine, wonderful people, and wonderful music!   Harry Reynolds, the General Manager at AudioVisionairies, has been making great music for a very long time.  Born in San Juan, Harry founded the well-known Precision Audio store there back in 1981 at the tender age of 16!  Having been around Hifi most of his life, he definitely knows how to get the best sound out of the systems he sells.

With his latest venture, AudioVisionaries, Harry is changing the business model.  With his main guru, Hector, by his side, Harry has created a more personal environment for clients to understand how to get the best sound.  With products such as Nordost, Linn, NAD master series, Sonos, etc, AudioVisionaries has products for every budget and performance level.  Harry knows music doesn’t live in just one room of the house, which is why in addition to 2 channel systems, AudioVisionaries addresses every aspect of lifestyle, supplying solutions for kitchens, offices, patios…literally everywhere music can be played!

So whether you are looking to take your music listening to the next level, or just want to get the best audio to better enjoy a Chicago Bears or Boston Celtics game (two of his favorites), AudioVisionaries can help.  We can tell you from first-hand experience, Harry knows his stuff.  A few times a year we have Nordost events at his store in order to expose friends and clients to our cables and the magic they create.  The store, as well as the demonstrations, are packed!  We are proud to be affiliated with Harry and Hector down at AudioVisonaries.

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Dealer Spotlight: Filtronique

By Bruno de Lorimier

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1968 was the year when the Hi-Fi Boutique “Filtronique” was founded by Guy Charbonneau, whose North American reputation as a gifted and talented Sound Engineer was already well established.

Six years later, in 1974, the store was sold to André Riendeau, the owner and founder of the world renowned Pro Sound company “Solotech” (who’s most notorious artists begin with Celine Dion, the Backstreet Boys :) and many, many more…).  With the addition of a new partner, a second location was also added in the east end of Montreal under the name “Sonor”; Daniel Jacques at its helm, better known today as the president and owner of the impressive High-End Audio distribution companies “Plurison Canada” and “Audio Plus Services USA”.

Many clients will remember waltzing between the two stores to discover unique and prestigious products from brand names that had never been offered in Canada until then.  After many years of coexistence, for financial and for logistical reasons, both stores were consolidated into the current Lajeunesse street location that customers revere and know today as “Filtronique”.

One thing has never changed at “Filtronique” throughout the years: their desire to seek out and offer the best audio products available regardless of price.  Their staff of six audio experts total 182 years of combined experience!

According to the “Filtronique” Team, the addition of Nordost’s Odin 2 range of products only further validates how the company’s constant quest to reach and offer audio nirvana is important to them.

In my opinion, there are very few specialized audio stores in North America who offer a broader and more diversified range of products and have such a professional and well informed and friendly staff as “Filtronique”.  The store offers five sound rooms specifically designed to give the listener an exceptional and memorable experience, which can be correlated to their own listening environment.

There couldn’t be a better opportunity for you to get to know the “Filtronique” team than this month as they’ll be hosting a special event featuring Nordost and many other products from internationally renowned prestigious brands. Each system is assembled to deliver exceptional performance, and all the nuance, emotion and musical texture intended by your favorite artists. The event will be held between 10:00 am and 10:00 pm on March 18th and 19th.  The invitation is open to everyone, so please join the fun!    

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9343, rue Lajeunesse, Montréal (QC) H2M 1S5

514 389-1377

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C’est en 1968 que la boutique « Filtronique » fut fondée par Guy Charbonneau, déjà à l’époque reconnu comme l’un des plus talentueux preneur de son en Amérique du Nord.

La vente du commerce à André Riendeau en 1974 , alors propriétaire et fondateur de « SOLOTECH » , engendrera la création de la seconde boutique « SONOR » avec son actionnaire au commande; Daniel Jacques, président de “Plurison Canada » et « Audio Plus USA ».

Nombreux clients se souviendrons avoir valsé entre les deux boutiques et d’y découvrir des produits uniques et prestigieux  jamais présenté alors au Canada.  Éventuellement, pour des raisons économiques et de bon sens, les deux boutiques se sont consolidées pour devenir la Boutique «Filtronique» de la rue Lajeunesse que nos connaissons aujourd’hui.

Le désir d’offrir les meilleurs produits audio, et ce dans toute les gammes de prix, est depuis l’adage de la boutique « FILTRONIQUE ».

La qualité du service et la convivialité reflètent très bien la maitrise du métier des 6 conseillers de l’entreprise totalisant plus de 182 ans d’expérience !!! ;)

La boutique « FILTRONIQUE » est reconnue comme l’une des meilleures destinations pour l’audio haut de gamme en Amérique du Nord

L’addition récente au catalogue« FILTRONIQUE » de la série ODIN II de NORDOST et de ses nombreuses déclinaisons font acte du sérieux de la quête du nirvana musical qui est véritablement la mission corporative de l’entreprise.

D’après moi, rares sont les boutiques spécialisées offrant un éventail de produits aussi vaste et diversifié que  «FILTRONIQUE», complimenté par une équipe aussi érudite et serviable. La boutique compte cinq salles d’écoute spécialement conçues pour vous offrir un environnement d’écoute hors pair et convivial.

L’occasion ne pourrait être plus à propos pour vous faire connaitre la boutique«FILTRONIQUE» car aura lieu le 18 et 19 mars prochain un  « ÉVÉNEMENT AUDIO DE PRESTIGE » mettant en vedette les câbles Nordost ainsi que plusieurs des meilleurs systèmes audio actuels en mesure de révéler de façon exceptionnelle, toutes les textures des instruments, ainsi que les émotions et les intentions de vos artistes préférés.  L’entrée est libre et ouvert à tous! Vous n’avez qu’à vous présenter à la boutique entre 10h et 22h.

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9343, rue Lajeunesse, Montréal (QC) H2M 1S5

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Dealer Spotlight: Nuts About HiFi

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Nuts About HiFi has been primarily serving the Olympic Peninsula and Seattle communities packaging carefully crafted home entertainment systems. Founded in 1985, Nuts About HiFi has thirty years of vast experience in all types and configurations; two channel, multi channel or fully automated distributed systems.

Nuts about HiFi is more than just a small shop, it’s a culture of music enthusiasts whom care about their customer’s needs and the systems in which they craft. They’re extremely focused on the brands they support, having filleted and sifted through products in all categories and through this distilling process they’ve ended up with just ten brands which they call “the best of the best”. Nordost is proud to be a partner and a part of Nuts About HiFi’s offerings.

We encourage you to pick up the phone and make an appointment or just swing by.

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Here, Jim, Nuts About HiFi’s owner, recounts the “totally true” story of how he was drawn to HiFi:

Jim Lee’s story began in a small Inuit village just outside of Nome, Alaska. Born to a prominent Inuit spiritual chief and a Korean mother. Jim recalls his first experience with live performance, “Dad used to bless the elders when they would go out to sea to harvest walrus blubber during the winter ice freeze. He used to bang on our families six hundred year old ceremonial drum, in this case a caribou skin. I was just six years old at the time, but it was at this point which I was hooked – since then, I’ve been on a never-ending quest to recreate the authentic sound of those ancient indigenous instruments. This has been my driving force and it’s brought to where I am today, trying to find the best audio products conceivable and connect with the great Inuit elders from my past. I love you, Dad!”

Dealer Spotlight: Hanson Audio Video

By Mike Marko

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Hanson AV has been in business since 1999. The business was founded with a passion for excellence in two channel hi-fi audio, home theater and home automation.  Located in the Dayton suburb of Kettering, Ohio, Hanson Audio epitomizes the heartland attitude of friendly, professional, service and has an amazing array of state of the art products on hand as well as a beautiful facility in which to experience them.  What a shop it is—with three floors and 6000 square feet of some of the best gear available, there is no better place to buy hi-fi! There are seven lifestyle showrooms available within Hanson’s facility, permitting the customer to truly hear and see how a high performance system will function before purchasing it.

Hanson has had a long relationship with Nordost and is one of our select Supreme Reference dealers in the U.S.  This means that Hanson is one of the few places where you can audition the new Odin 2 or Valhalla 2 Cables for yourself, as well as the rest of the Nordost range. Just having great products is only half the story, however.  It is Hanson’s experienced and professional staff that truly sets them apart.  From president Troy Hanson, general manager Andres Sauceda, store manager Chris Cutlip, and floor sales guys Duncan Gwin, and Kevin Tan, the passion and knowledge they bring to the buying experience is second to none.  As a full service shop, the company’s installation and service experts make sure that systems are set up on time and that their customers’ expectations are exceeded.

www.hansonav.com

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