DB HiFi — Nordost Event

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Hifi enthusiasts in the Suffolk area of the UK are in for a treat! DB HiFi is organizing a great event featuring a state-of-the-art system running a full loom of Nordost’s Valhalla 2 Cables, as well as components from Innuos and TAD speakers. Join us in the DB HiFi showroom on Saturday, August 19th from 12:00–20:00 for an evening full of wonderful company and amazing music!

DB HIFI
Braiseworth House,
Braiseworth Road, Braiseworth, Eye,
Suffolk IP23 7DS

01379 873451

info@dbhifi.co.uk

Marc Mickelson reviews the QKORE for TheAudioBeat.com

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Nordost’s new QKORE products are receiving a lot of worldwide press attention. The latest review featuring these revolutionary grounding devices can be found on theaudiobeat.com. In his article, Marc Mickelson is very impressed with our QKORE Ground Units, and the blatant effects that they have on a sound system, remarking, “What you hear will be positive, and dead obvious, with every recording…”. While reflecting on exactly what he was hearing, he said:

“[The] purist recordings of small ensembles…made plain QKORE’s contributions, as the recording venue sounded bigger and the musicians more in-the-room present, no ‘maybe’ about it. This occurred across recordings and components, QKORE expanding musical horizons and making everything in them sound more vivid—more grounded, you could say.”

Marc’s QKORE review is now available to read on the Nordost website here:  Nordost QKORE Grounding System

You can find more great Nordost reviews on our Reviews Page.

Nordost Playlist – August 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 August.

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  1. 16 Shots—Mykia Jovan—16 Shots
  2. The Moons Detriment—Shannon Lay—The Moons Detriment
  3. A Little Better—Gnarls Barkley—The Odd Couple
  4. The Rhythm Changes—Kamasi Washington—The Epic
  5. Cigarettes And Coffee—Otis Redding—The Soul Album
  6. Pain—The Texas Gentlemen—Pain
  7. Never Been Wrong—Waxahatchee—Out in the Storm
  8. Austin—Hannah Gill & the Hours—The Water
  9. Bubblegum—Confidence Man—Bubblegum
  10. Driving Woman—Japanese Breakfast—Soft Sounds from Another Planet

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!

 

 

Making Your Marque: The 12 Most Important Products in the History of High End Audio (PART 2)

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I hope all of our Nordost readers enjoyed Part One of this blog and, strange as it might sound, I hope that NOBODY agreed with all of my choices! In Part One, I explained my reasoning for choosing “The Most Important Products” but I need to say again: my choices are not carved in stone; rather, they’re my opinion, based upon my knowledge of the components that preceded, as well as those that followed, my selections. It is my fondest wish that readers of this blog will sit down over dinner, drinks and some serious listening sessions and not only debate my choices but refute them.

High End Audio has a rich and fascinating history distinguished not only by the products themselves but by the personalities of their designers, critics, and the dealers that sold them. The process of discussing and debating my choices is actually more critical to the future of High End than my process of selecting them is. Enjoy!  – Anthony Chiarella


 

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Quad ESL 57

“From a theoretical point of view, an electrostatic is an ideal way to make a loudspeaker – it matches the air perfectly and it’s all predictable, as ordinary loudspeakers are rather variable. It has some problems which are rather difficult, mainly due to the stretching of the diaphragm. It mustn’t shrink and that sort of thing. Very high voltages, 10,000v, make it difficult, but it’s an ideal – I think most loudspeaker manufacturers have looked at it and said ‘What a lovely way to make a speaker, but it’s not very practical’. And a lot of manufacturers have tried it, too, and most of them have said ‘This is not profitable. Get back to putting loudspeakers in boxes and start selling ‘em lad!’” – Peter Walker, Quad Founder, Hi-Fi News

Introduced in 1957, the world’s first production, full-range electrostatic offered a higher performance alternative to every dynamic, box-type loudspeaker of that time. In pioneering an exotic, purist technology in the quest for ultimate reproduction of classical music, Quad didn’t simply pave the way for subsequent electrostatic and planar loudspeaker manufacturers, it became, arguably, the first true High End Audio company.


 

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Celestion SL-600

More than any other loudspeaker, the SL-600 was the ultimate expression of the design concepts first proposed by the BBC LS3/5A; namely, a point-source whose compact enclosure and closely-positioned drivers eliminated most of the problems endemic to larger loudspeakers. Certainly, the SL-600 wasn’t the best “mini-monitor” ever made. Wilson’s WATT and Celestion’s own SL-700 quickly surpassed it—but, in its use of avant-garde technologies, including the first dome tweeter designed with the assistance of laser interferometry and an inert cabinet built from an exotic, honeycomb-aluminum laminate called “Aerolam,” the SL-600 gave the compact speaker credibility, not only for use in “Bang-for-the-buck” systems, but for inclusion in the finest and most expensive rigs, as well.


 

 

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Harmonic Resolution Systems SXR Rack System

Anyone who believes that equipment racks are merely accessories, and not true audio components, has never heard an HRS product. Designed by Mike Latvis and built in Buffalo, NY, HRS products elevate (pun intended) EVERY aspect of system performance— and Mike can scientifically prove it! Over the past four decades, there have been all sorts of attempts, from Target to Torlyte to CWD to Stillpoints, to use audio furniture to improve system performance, but HRS demonstrates that every one of them was inadequate. Actually, I could have chosen any HRS Rack System but the SXR seems to provide the best performance-per-dollar, and also leaves enough cash in the budget for HRS’s matching Isolation Bases, which are required to complete the system.


 

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Wilson Audio Specialties WATT

At a time when state-of-the-art loudspeakers (Inifinity IRS and RS-1B, Magnepan Tympani, Wilson’s own WAMM) tended to be enormous, dauntingly expensive monstrosities, audiophiles started plunking Dave Wilson’s recording monitor atop Entec Subwoofers (in the days before Wilson’s “Puppy” woofer was available).  This created a system whose resolution, transparency and spatial description rivaled those behemoths at a fraction of the price and, more importantly, did so with a footprint of slightly more than one square foot per channel. By enabling apartment dwellers and other décor/budget-sensitive music lovers to mount the summit of high end performance at a time when that luxury had been reserved for those with no budget or space constraints, the WATT was a truly seminal product, as has been proven by Wilson’s meteoric success ever since that speaker’s introduction.


 

 

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dCS Elgar

With the help of fine digital products by Krell, Levinson, Audio Research and other iconic manufacturers, the CD had, by the early ‘90s, become the software format of choice…even among audiophiles. Still, digital was considered inferior by the high end cognoscenti when dCS’s first consumer product bowed in 1997. Designed by a company credited, not only with the world’s best studio processors, but also with the developing threat-avoidance technologies for fighter jets, the Elgar was perhaps the most thoroughly engineered digital product in history.  This statement was supported by the fact that it stayed in production, and defined the state-of-the-art, for nearly a decade— no mean feat for a computer! By elevating digital reproduction to a position of parity with world-class analog, dCS’s Elgar deserves its place on this list


 

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Technics SL-1200

Of my twelve selections, this is bound to be the most controversial. The SL-1200 wasn’t the first commercially available direct drive turntable.  Its big brother, the SP-10, earned that distinction in 1970.  Nor was its sound quality universally applauded by audiophiles, a fact which Technics both acknowledged and addressed when it introduced a modernized version in 2016. It was, however, among the most beloved audio products ever made (the most robust, too!), as well as one of the longest-lived, with a production run that stretched from 1972 to 2010. Muse to the Hip Hop movement, the SL-1200 also inspired the current crop of state-of-the-art direct drive turntables by Continuum, VPI, Brinkmann and others.


 

Dealer Spotlight: TAKE 5

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Back in 1977, three young music lovers working in a local stereo shop yearned to be able to offer even better quality components to their clients—offering names like Mark Levinson, Audio Research, Magnepan and so forth.  Their love of music and their passion to provide higher grade audio components that served the music they loved, led to the formation of Take 5 Audio in New Haven, CT.  Initially working out of an apartment and running ads in the New York Times to alert hifi enthusiasts to their existence, their dedication and boundless enthusiasm was soon rewarded with a move into a fine brick and mortar retail store location where they began to flourish.

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Today, Take 5 Audio is located directly across the street from Yale University in downtown New Haven, CT.  Take 5 Audio is an audio oasis, with five dedicated sound rooms chock full of today’s very best audio and video gear.  Names like Wilson Audio, McIntosh, Audio Research, Mark Levinson, Ayre Acoustics, Audeze, Magnepan, B&W Bowers and Wilkens, Brinkmann, AMG, Aurender, Clearaudio, Dynaudio, Bryston, Linn, Harmonic Resolution Systems, Esoteric, Marantz, JL Audio, Paradigm, Zanden and, of course, Nordost, adorn their shelves.  Owner Ralph Cortigiano and lead salesman Bob Carissimi are two of the nicest and most knowledgeable audio and video aficionados you will ever have the pleasure of meeting and working with!  The store is very well appointed with ample facilities for demoing every fine brand they carry.  The foundation of this business was built upon trust — trust that is today revered by both past and present clients, further fortified with a solid confidence in the advice and service Take 5 Audio provides to all their customers.   Product recommendations are based on what is best for their customers.  They are strong adherents to the philosophy “do it right the first time” which ensures no buyer’s remorse and ends up saving you, the customer, money in the long run, by avoiding incorrect or impractical purchases.  Ralph and Bob follow a no-pressure, no-commission sales approach which ensures decisions are based on what’s best for their customers.  Their longevity in the marketplace attests to this successful and relaxing sales approach!

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Take 5 Audio has been a wonderful member of our family of Nordost authorized dealers.  They have demo product on hand for personal customer evaluation, as well as on display, and ready for demonstrations in their sound rooms.  You can audition Valhalla 2 in a highly resolving audio system as well as Heimdall 2 and, our Leif Series of cables.  They also have Nordost’s very exciting new product on demo, the QKORE grounding system!     So please, next time you are in New Haven, Connecticut, drop by and visit this very fine audio oasis.  Say hello to Ralph, Bob and Renae, and listen to some of the finest audio gear available.  They will work within your budget and make sure you leave with the utmost confidence in their ability to select the right gear to honor the music that you love!

Pictures from Nordost Nation! July 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!


 

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@vezbeas – “CHIC”

Barnsly Sound Org gave their Heimdall 2 Speaker Cables a lift with our Sort Lifts! "To infinity and beyond!"

Barnsly Sound Org gave their Heimdall 2 Speaker Cables a lift with our Sort Lifts!
“To infinity and beyond!”

@catober shared this picture of their system with Nordost loudspeaker cables

@catober shared this picture of their system with Nordost loudspeaker cables

Audiovisionaries has their Sort Kones on display, supporting their NAD Electronics M12 Digital Preamp

Audiovisionaries has Sort Kones on display, supporting their NAD Electronics M12 Digital Preamp

@Stevechavez posted this shot: "Getting away with a Saturday night portable balanced headrig session featuring Sade's greatest..."

@Stevechavez posted this shot: “Getting away with a Saturday night portable balanced headrig session featuring Sade’s greatest…”

"Just upgraded from Blue Heaven.  Well worth it."   Thanks Odd-Arne!

“Just upgraded from Blue Heaven. Well worth it.”
Thanks Odd-Arne!

AMEK shared this picture of   a Focal Professional supported by our Sort Füt!

AMEK shared this picture of a Focal Professional supported by our Sort Füt!

Three shots in one of @cultoffonza's Heimdall 2 loom!

Three shots in one of @cultoffonza’s Heimdall 2 loom!

This striking photo of our Blue Heaven Headphone Cable is courtesy of DMA-audio

This striking photo of our Blue Heaven Headphone Cable is courtesy of DMA-audio

The original Valhalla Power Cords never go out of style.  Nice pic from  @felipe.rolim92!

The original Valhalla Power Cords never go out of style. Nice pic from @felipe.rolim92!

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AV ACE is showing off their Red Dawn Speaker Cables and Balanced Interconnects

@vinylbutiken got a glimpse of our new QKORE Ground Units!

@vinylbutiken got a glimpse of our new QKORE Ground Units!

Absolute Audio YYC with a new set of Odin 2 and Valhalla 2 XLR cables burning-in for a lucky customer!

Absolute Audio YYC with a new set of Odin 2 and Valhalla 2 XLR cables burning-in for a lucky customer!

@phillipwangusa shared this great shot of his Oppo Headphones with our Heimdall 2 Headphone Cable!

@phillipwangusa shared this great shot of his Oppo Headphones with our Heimdall 2 Headphone Cable!

@pops_overeem had a "Nordost Day" with a wide variety of Nordost cables, power products, and resonance control devices!!

@pops_overeem had a “Nordost Day” with a wide variety of Nordost cables, power products, and resonance control devices!!

@gsoundquest is taking advantage of our Norse Bi-Wire Jumper Cables with his Red Dawn Loudspeaker Cables

@gsoundquest is taking advantage of our Norse Bi-Wire Jumper Cables with his Red Dawn Loudspeaker Cables.  Thanks Gabby!

These Leif cables are just waiting to be opened up by some lucky customer at Tasso Elettronica!

These Leif cables are just waiting to be opened up by some lucky customer at Tasso Elettronica!

"Work can be fun" with Woo Audio's great home office setup!

“Work can be fun” with Woo Audio’s great home office setup!

 

@dusty_stylus says "First time I've heard my HousePods after buying them a few years ago. An awesome deep sound. Drivers are the same as used in the Bowers and Wilkins Matrix series . Just testing them out using Musical Fidelity AV processor/Amplifier/DAC and Cyrus Transport #blueroomspeakers #bowersandwilkins #hifi #musicalfidelity #nordost"

@dusty_stylus says “First time I’ve heard my HousePods after buying them a few years ago. An awesome deep sound. Drivers are the same as used in the Bowers and Wilkins Matrix series . Just testing them out using Musical Fidelity AV processor/Amplifier/DAC and Cyrus Transport #blueroomspeakers #bowersandwilkins #hifi #musicalfidelity #nordost”

Nice picture from @acido_ of Monitor Audio with some classic Nordost cables "#madeinengland, #madeinusa"

Nice picture from @acido_ of Monitor Audio with some classic Nordost cables “#madeinengland, #madeinusa”

 

Nordost is headed to the Hong Kong High-End Audio Visual Show!

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Nordost is very excited to be joining our friends and partners, Radar Audio, at The Hong Kong High-End Audio Visual Show this year at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, August 11-13th. Nordost’s VP of International Sales, Johann Graham, and Product Specialist, Bjorn Bengtsson, will be there to answer questions and conduct demonstrations on a variety of Nordost products, including our new QKORE Ground Units, in room S421. Nordost products will also be available for purchase throughout the show for all attendees. The Hong Kong High-End Audio Visual Show is one of the most important events in the audio and visual industry in Hong Kong and South East Asia, and we are happy to be involved once again! 

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Nordost Playlist – July 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 July.

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  1. Lift Me—The Bengsons—Hundred Days
  2. Never Dreamed You’d Leave In Summer—Stevie Wonder—At The Close Of A Century
  3. Redbone—Childish Gambino—“Awaken, My Love!”
  4. Bem, Bem, Maria—Gipsy Kings—¡Volare! The Very Best of the Gipsy Kings
  5. Benzin—Boogarins—MANUAL
  6. Emotions And Math—Margaret Glaspy—Emotions And Math
  7. Number One—Portugal. The Man (feat. Rickie Havens & Son Little)—Woodstock
  8. Butterflyz—Alicia Keys—Songs In A Minor
  9. Make Me (Cry)—Norah Cyrus, Labrinth—Make Me (Cry)
  10. Friends—Francis and the Lights feat. Bon Iver—Farewell, Starlite!

 

Alan Sircom reviews the QKORE for Hi-Fi+

Review Banner-QKORE_wideLast month, Nordost debuted the newest addition to its QRT range: The QKORE Ground Unit. In anticipation of this launch, Hi-Fi+ published a brilliant review, written by Alan Sircom. In his article, Alan touts the “instant, obvious, and profound” effects that the QKORE has on a sound system:

“The main effect was in the bass, which sounded significantly tighter, deeper, and more authoritative. More significantly, QKORE was like a quick lesson in ‘time coherence’, giving any sound (even speech) a more accurate sense of rhythmic beat and metre (we often just lump this together into saying it ‘times’ well). There are other benefits, too; the almost clichéd ‘darker backgrounds’ and wider soundstage with better separation of images applied here, too. The treble seemed to integrate slightly better with the midrange and bass as well, but it’s that bass and temporal correctness that wins you over. It’s like your system no longer has to apologise for itself, even if it had little to apologise for before you QKORED it!”

Alan’s QKORE review is now available to read on the Nordost website here:  Nordost QKORE ground units

You can find more great Nordost reviews on our Reviews Page.

Questions and Answers (QKORE)

Our product specialists receive questions on a daily basis about Nordost products, their application, and hifi in general.  With the introduction of our new QKORE Ground Units last month, we received an influx of great questions from customers.  We thought that we would take a minute to answer some of our QKORE related question here so that everyone can get the answers they are looking for!


Q: Hello, I have recently purchased one of your new QKORE Units (1 outlet to QB). I was wondering whether there is any suggestion about placement on/around the stereo rack. More specifically, does it have to be in the middle of the rack, like QX4, or can it be placed outside the rack on the floor? Since I also own a QX4, can the QKORE and the QX Unit be placed side by side?

A: QKORE units can be placed pretty much anywhere within your system; they don’t have the same placement needs as the QX Units. However, they do benefit from being on a proper shelf in your audio rack, or on Sort Kones, instead of sitting directly on the floor. To address your second question: Yes, your QKORE Unit can be placed side by side with QX4 or QX2 Units.

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Q: I am trying to determine which QKORE would work best for my system. Would I be able to connect my QBASE Unit to my QKORE Unit if I purchase the QKORE3?

A: Our QKORE6 Unit is designed with two Low Voltage Attractor Plates, so that it can address both primary (AC) and secondary (DC) ground. The QKORE3 Unit is only intended to address one aspect of ground at a time. Therefore, if you connect your QBASE Unit to your QKORE3 simultaneously with your electronics, you will not achieve the desired effects. The benefits to your system will be much greater if you use both a QKORE1 and QKORE3, or if you purchase the QKORE6.

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Q: I have an external ground rod, can I still benefit from the QKORE?

A: While the QKORE1 is especially ideal for someone looking to ground their QBASE but who does not have the opportunity to install an external ground rod, you can absolutely gain additional benefits from using QKORE Units. It’s similar to the improvements that you will see when going from a designated ground for your system to an external ground rod. Adding a QKORE to this setup will be another step-up in performance. When adding the QKORE3 or QKORE6 to your system, you will see benefits that are not addressed by an external ground, since these products also improve the secondary ground, where the audio circuit is.

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Q: I read that the QKORE either comes with one or two QKORE Wires in the packaging. Why would you not provide us with all of the cables we need to set up the QKORE in our system?

A: The QKORE1 includes a 2 meter QKORE Wire with Banana to Banana terminations, the QKORE3 includes a 2 meter QKORE Wire with Banana to RCA terminations, and the QKORE6 includes one of each. However, it would be impossible to foresee which lengths and terminations would be necessary in each individual’s system. There are 18 different termination combinations available, not to mention variations in cable length.

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