StereoNET reviews the QNET Network Switch

Today we want to share an incredibly strong review of our QNET Network Switch in StereoNET, penned by Mark Gusew. In his review, Mark not only praised the QNET, remarking that he heard improvements in almost every area, but also made the argument that digital upgrades are an unquestionable necessity – a fact that needs more attention in the hifi world! 


Mark was incredibly impressed with our network switch, saying it was “the best product of its type that I’ve heard by a large margin”. So it’s no surprise that following his review, the QNET was awarded the StereoNET Applause Award! 

“With Nordost’s new QNET in place, everything sounds smoother and more fluid; it’s better balanced with less harshness…giving the system greater dynamic expression.” – Mark Gusew, StereoNET 


You can now see Mark’s QNET Review on the Reviews Page of the Nordost website, or read it in its entirety here: Nordost QNET Network Switch

hi-fi+ reviews the QBASE Reference

We are thrilled to share our first, official QBASE Reference review. As an auspicious bonus, this review can be found in the highly valued 25th Anniversary issue of hi-fi+!  

Unsurprisingly for all who have heard the QBASE Reference in their own systems since its launch, editor and reviewer, Alan Sircom was enthusiastically positive about our QBASE Reference, saying that the Audio Gods smiled favorably on Nordost with a device that “helps the system get out of the way of the music”. Alan has always been an advocate of our products, especially those that help with the all-important foundation of one’s system, and the QBASE Reference is a “cornerstone” of that concept.

 “For those already in audio’s First-Class lounge… this could be your first upgrade. Nordost’s QBASE Reference is that important to the sound of your system.” – Alan Sircom, hi-fi+

You can find Alan’s QBASE Reference Review on the Reviews Page of the Nordost website, or read it in its entirety here: Nordost QBASE Reference (QB10) AC Distribution System

Dealer Spotlight: Hanson AV – New Showroom in Dayton, OH

By Jacob Goldwax

hansonav.com

Have you had the chance to explore the new Hanson AV showroom in Dayton? If not, it’s a must-visit when you’re in town. Hanson has recently unveiled its new showroom, a true marvel in Dayton, Ohio. Whether you’re in the market for a complete smart home setup or a top-of-the-line Hi-Fi System, Hanson has it all. What’s more, their meticulously designed displays and demos are sure to leave you in awe. 

But it’s not just about the impressive aesthetics. Hanson boasts a team of exceptional, knowledgeable staff who are true experts in their field. This, combined with their top-notch installation pros, strategic brand partnerships, and world-class displays, creates an unparalleled experience. Each showroom follows a comprehensive approach, ensuring that no matter what your dream system is, Hanson is ready to make it a reality. 

Hanson has been servicing the southern Ohio region since 1999 and has become a high-end audio and integration staple. They combine the best qualities of your local Hi-Fi shop and the shock and awe of the latest Luxury Integration technology. You get a sense of the Hanson team’s passion for their profession every time you meet them.

“Hanson’s primary objective is to help you select the optimum solution for Home Theater, Hi-Fi Audio, and Smart Home Automation in your home or business.” – Hanson

The Hanson team talks the talk; you better believe they back it up at every step, every time. 

If you find yourself in Dayton or Cincinnati, I cannot recommend stopping by for an audition enough. 

Nordost Playlist – May 2024

Nordost products are designed to allow you to enjoy your favorite performances as they were intended to be heard. All of us here are passionate about great music, and want to share our passion with you. Each one of us has our own style… We listen to a wide variety of artists and genres but, in a way, we appreciate them all. We thought that we would share a few of the songs on our own personal playlists with you each month. Some may be classics, some may be brand new, some may not even be to your tastes, but we hope that there is something here for everyone.

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


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


  1. Guess Who I Saw Today – Samara Joy – Linger Awhile
  2. St James Infirmary (Gambler’s Blues) – Louis Armstrong – Satchmo Plays King Oliver 
  3. Lester’s Methadone Clinic – Sonia Dada – A Day At the Beach 
  4. Any Place – Bahamas – Earthtones 
  5. It’s Not That Easy – Lady Blackbird – Black Acid Soul
  6. We Belong Together – Rickie Lee Jones – Pirates 
  7. Glory Box – John Martyn – The Church With One Bell 
  8. Marseille (feat. Abd Al Malik) – Ahmad Jamal, Abd Al Malik – Marseille 
  9. Life Goes On: Life Goes On – Carla Bley, Andy Sheppard, Steve Swallow – Life Goes On 
  10. Everything – Gotts Street Park, Rosie Lowe – Everything

Introducing Leif 3 Cables

Bring NEW LEIF To Your System

Nordost’s Leif Series has been the benchmark in entry-level audio cables since its introduction to the hifi industry over three decades ago. The longevity of this influential line is due both to Nordost’s comprehensive approach to cable construction, as well as our ability to improve upon celebrated products as technology develops, while remaining true to a core design philosophy.  

Leif 3 cables embody the culmination of years of technological breakthroughs and advancements in craftsmanship, meticulously refined to meet the modern demands of mid-fi and hi-fi sound systems. Leif 3 cables leverage optimal materials, unique geometry, and filter-less technology to unlock dynamic, low-loss, and lifelike performances from any audio system.

With its four, iconic ranges – White Lightning, Purple Flare, Blue Heaven, and Red Dawn– Nordost invites music enthusiasts of all levels to bring NEW LEIF to their sound systems.


Power Cords

The Basis of Elevated Sound

To maximize the potential of your audio system, a sturdy foundation is essential. The power cords employed in hi-fi and mid-fi setups play a pivotal role in this foundation, directly impacting the performance capabilities of audio components. Nordost’s Leif 3 Power Cords are engineered to unlock newfound potential, even in modest systems, offering a gateway to elevated audio experiences.

Derived from years of research and development, Leif 3 Power Cords inherit the design principles of Nordost’s esteemed reference-level products, Valhalla 2 and Odin 2. Utilizing FEP extrusion and Nordost’s proprietary Micro Mono-Filament technology, each heavy-gauge conductor is meticulously wrapped with an FEP filament to create a virtual air gap within its own, individual FEP tube. This ensures the uninterrupted flow of AC power, allowing your system to effortlessly deliver dynamic nuances in music.

Leif 3 Power cords are distinguished for ultra-fast, low-loss design, preserving the low source impedance of the AC supply for optimal performance. Introducing Purple Flare 3, Blue Heaven 3, or Red Dawn 3 power cords into your system promises to enrich the dynamics, color, and texture of sonic reproduction, heightening the realism of your system and allowing you to immerse yourself in the performance itself.


Loudspeaker Cables

Radically-Thin Profile, Full-Bodied Sound

One of most distinctive features Nordost products possess is the unique, flat design of the loudspeaker cables. This design isn’t just about standing out; it’s a performance-driven solution. Flat cables sound better.

By adopting a flat geometry, Nordost decreases capacitance, strand interaction, and skin effect within speaker cables, resulting in cleaner, more accurate signal transmission. Why is this design unique to Nordost? Simply put, only Nordost has the technology to successfully produce ultra-thin, air-tight, durable cables, with the precision necessary to create a high quality, flat audio cable.

Nordost’s Leif 3 Loudspeaker Cables are constructed using silver-plated, solid core OFC conductors which have undergone an intricate FEP extrusion process to elevate the dielectric properties of the cables. They are then finished using a specialized termination method with gold-plated z-plug banana or spade connectors. Leif 3 Loudspeaker cables increase the drive and dynamic realism of sonic reproduction, gaining a new level of musicality in your sound system.


Analog Interconnects

Connect to Your Music

In the pursuit of sonic purity, a successful interconnect should seamlessly transmit audio signal without introducing any distortion or alteration. Nordost’s Leif 3 Interconnects achieve this goal through a filter-less approach, offering a neutral conduit that faithfully reproduces music.

Nordost’s Leif 3 Interconnects are constructed using silver-plated, solid core OFC conductors arranged into twisted pairs in order to reduce noise interference from the signals they carry. Each pair is then individually shielded before being bundled and secured in a second, braided shield, providing 97% coverage.

Terminated with gold-plated Neutrik XLR or Profi Neutrik RCA connectors, Leif 3 Interconnects serve as the ideal interface for mid-fi and hi-fi components alike. They maximize signal transmission while preserving the integrity of the source material, allowing enhanced textural aspects of music reproduction to shine through.

AXPONA 2024 Recap – Best Sound honors and photos from the show

After last year’s showing at Axpona 2023, we knew it would be nearly impossible to outdo ourselves in 2024. However, the results from the press and showgoers alike are in, and we are ecstatic with the results. With three Best in Show: Best Sound commendations from The Absolute Sound alone (Robert HarleyAndre Jennings, and Jonathan Valin), a Best of Axpona 2024 Blue Note Award from enjoythemusic.com, as well as fantastic write-ups from Stereophile, hifi+, and several more publications, we have made the impossible happen and surpassed even our own expectations!

The Nordost room in Schaumburg F boasted a world class, reference-level system featuring Stenheim loudspeakers, components from VTL, dCS, and VPI, and, of course, audio cables, power components, and audio enhancers by Nordost. As the editor of the hi-fi+, Alan Sircom put it, this system was nothing short of “beguiling”.

Beyond the dream-worthy system waiting for them in Schaumburg F, visitors of the Nordost room were met with unique auditory experiences. On Saturday night, we hosted an after-hours listening session of Pink Flyod’s The Dark Side Of The Moon and Wish You Were Here, in honor of ‘Dark Side’s 50th Anniversary. Then, on Sunday, we hosted three noteworthy events: a special listening of a test lacquer for an upcoming piano recording and talk-back with VDM Sound Group, a live saxophone performance with Jerome Sabbagh accompanied by his own recording, and a curated listening session with Qobuz!

And that’s only what happened in Schaumburg F! Nordost was also featured in over seven more, amazing systems, including our own demonstration room, Vinnie Rossi (with two more Best-of-Shows to its name!), Morel, Sonner Audio, Lumin, Holm Audio’s rooms, Antal Audio, and Music Direct!  

Here are some of our favorite snapshots from AXPONA 2024!


Setup:

In Our Award Winning Room:

Nordost Throughout the Show

Nordost Playlist – April 2024

Nordost products are designed to allow you to enjoy your favorite performances as they were intended to be heard. All of us here are passionate about great music, and want to share our passion with you. Each one of us has our own style… We listen to a wide variety of artists and genres but, in a way, we appreciate them all. We thought that we would share a few of the songs on our own personal playlists with you each month. Some may be classics, some may be brand new, some may not even be to your tastes, but we hope that there is something here for everyone.

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


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


  1. Human Behaviour – Björk – Debut 
  2. Jonathan – Adrianne Lenker, Buck Meek – a-sides
  3. Sailing to Philadelphia – Mark Knopfler, James Taylor – Sailing to Philadelphia
  4. Moonlight Mile – The Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers
  5. Take Me to the River – Lorde – Take Me to the River
  6. Ghosts – 2003 Digital Remaster – Japan – Tin Drum
  7. Spacelab – Kraftwerk – The Man-Machine (2009 Remaster)
  8. BLACKBIIRD – Beyoncé, Tanner Adell, Brittney Spencer, Tiera Kennedy, Reyna Roberts – COWBOY CARTER
  9. Missing – Everything But The Girl – Amplified Heart
  10. Take a Break – Sven Wunder – Take a Break

How to Best use QRT Audio Enhancers TOGETHER

If you have ever read the literature about Nordost’s QRT Audio Enhancers, you are familiar with their cohesive and cumulative nature. What does that mean? Two things: QRT products all work together to accomplish their desired effect, and the more QRT products used, the better your results will be.

In this blog, we will take a moment to look at how products that make up the QRT family work together, which of Nordost’s Sort System Resonance Control products can enhance your investment in QRT, and some examples of fully optimized hifi systems, using Nordost’s QRT line.


QBASE Mark III

 The QASE Mark III is a passive AC distribution unit that addresses the noise caused by conflicting signal and ground paths in a hifi system. It does this by using Star Earth Topology, a design that provides ground separation and allows stray voltages and eddy currents to be referred to one, central, ground point. In the current QRT line, the only difference between the QB4 and the QB8 (or the QB6 in the UK) is the number of outlets available to each model­: 4 or 8 (or 6). So, when choosing a QBASE Mark III, simply discern the number of components you need to plug into your system, and the amperage needed to run your system, both QBASE Mark III options are available with either a C-14 or C-20 IEC (C-14 IEC = 15/10 amp, C-20 IEC = 20/16 amp), and you are good to go. For more information on the QBASE Mark III, click HERE.

Products to complement and optimize the QBASE Mark III:

QRT Plug-Ins – QSINE, QWAVE, QVIBE, and QKOIL devices improve upon poor-quality AC. More information on each, individual QRT Plug-In can be found HERE.

QKORE – Grounds the primary side of the power supply through artificial, parallel grounding.

QKORE Wire/Premium QKORE Wire – Offer a connection from the binding post on the QBASE to the QKORE Ground Unit.

QLINE – In appropriate situations, this offers a connection from the binding post on the QBASE to an external ground rod or grounding box.

QRT Stand Mount – Adds stability and the ability to introduce resonance control.

Sort Kones – 4 Sort Kones of your choice to drain damaging vibrations from the chassis of the QBASE.


QBASE Reference  

The QBASE Reference, like the QBASE Mark III, is a power distribution unit. However, in addition to providing 10 outlets, the QB10 is a dramatic upgrade including a Dual Primary Earth design, internal solid core Micro Mono-Filament wiring, Pre-QKORE ground design, specifically optimized and modified QPOINT technology, multiple internal QSINE and QWAVE devices, and resonance control Sort support. For more information on the QBASE Reference, click HERE.

Products to complement and optimize the QBASE Reference:

QRT Plug-Ins­ – While two QSINE and QWAVE devices are already included within the internal design of the QBASE Reference, the modular and cumulative nature of QRT Plug-Ins means that more will always be better.

QKORE – Grounds the primary side of the power supply with an artificial, parallel grounding device.

QKORE Wire/Premium QKORE Wire – Offer a connection from the binding post on the QBASE Reference to the QKORE Ground Unit.

QLINE – In appropriate situations, this offers a connection from the binding post on the QBASE to an external ground rod or grounding box.


QKORE

QKORE parallel grounding devices provide an artificial, “clean” earth for hifi systems by using both an electrical and mechanical approach. By drawing stray high-frequency noise and voltage-generated magnetic fields to a manufactured earth point, the QKORE leaves a clean reference behind. There are models of QKORE that differ in the number of binding posts available: QKORE1 with one binding post that grounds the primary side of the power supply, QKORE3 with three binding posts that ground the secondary side of the power supply, and the QKORE6 with six binding posts which grounds both primary and secondary sides of the power supply. For more information on the QKORE, visit HERE.

Products to complement and optimize the QKORE:

QKORE Wire/Premium QKORE Wire – Provides connection from components in the system to the binding posts on the QKORE Ground Unit.

Sort Kones – 3 or 4 Sort Kones of your choice to drain damaging vibrations from the chassis of the QKORE.


QPOINT

The QPOINT is a resonance synchronizer that manipulates the electromechanical resonances inside audio components within its immediate proximity so that they resonate in unison with each other. For more information on the QPOINT, visit HERE.

Products to complement and optimize the QPOINT:

QSOURCE – Provides stable, clean DC power which feeds the QPOINT so that it can produce the maximum output.

QSOURCE DC Cable/Premium QSOURCE DC Cable – Connects the QPOINT to the QSOURCE Linear Power Supply


QNET

The QNET is a layer-2, five-port Ethernet switch designed and constructed from the ground up to maximize audio performance. Placing a QNET in a digitally driven system dramatically improves the transmission and receival of high-speed audio signals, while achieving extremely low noise operation. For more information on the QNET, visit HERE.

Products to complement and optimize the QNET:

QSOURCE – Provides stable, clean DC power which feeds the QNET so that it can produce the maximum output.

QSOURCE DC Cable/Premium QSOURCE DC Cable – Connects the QNET to the QSOURCE Linear Power Supply

QNET Stand­– Adds stability and the ability to introduce resonance control.

Sort Kones – 3 Sort Kones of your choice to drain damaging vibrations from the chassis of the QNET.


QSOURCE

The QSOURCE is a linear power supply that provides a stable, clean output of DC Power at select voltages. Its unique design removes electrical anomalies and noise artifacts from the line and smooths out DC output. For more information on the QSOURCE, visit HERE.

Products to complement and optimize the QSOURCE:

QSOURCE DC Cable/Premium QSOURCE DC Cable – Connects the QSOURCE to the QPOINT, QNET, and any other DC-run audio component that can receive power from Nordost’s linear power supply.

QRT Stand Mount – Adds stability and the ability to introduce resonance control.

Sort Kones – 4 Sort Kones of your choice to drain damaging vibrations from the chassis of the QSOURCE.


Example System Layouts:



VuMetre Reviews Heimdall 2 and the QBASE Mark III

We are excited to share a great new review that focuses on our QBASE Mark III and Heimdall 2 cables, published in VuMetre and written in both English and French, by reviewer Vincent Guillemin.  In it, Guillemin talks about the direct benefits that both Nordost’s power supply and cabling have had on his set-up, calling it, in a word, “impressive”. 

Guillemin says it’s “as if the speakers had changed color, in addition to having modified their drivers to better color the timbres.” 

You can read this review in its entirety here: 

In English – The true benefits of power treatment: Nordost Heimdall, QBASE 8 Mk III

In French – Les inestimable bienfaits du traitements secteur: Nordost Heimdall, QBASE 8 Mk III

For this, and many more fantastic Nordost reviews, visit the Reviews Page of the Nordost website.

Upcoming Dealer Events and Trade Shows (Spring 2024)


Montréal Audiofest

An audio enthusiast’s paradise! 

Celebrating its 35th edition this year, Montreal Audiofest remains the must-attend event for audiophiles. This long-standing tradition showcases the latest advances in high-fidelity audio equipment, featuring over 300 speaker brands, innovative music streamers and high-quality headphones. 

Attendees engage with sound experts and industry insiders, immersing themselves in music through some of the finest audio systems available. 

This event surpasses mere product demonstrations, offering enlightening talks by renowned speakers spanning audio history to technological advancements. Whether a seasoned audiophile or a curious newcomer, the Montreal Audiofest guarantees an immersive exploration into the realm of high-quality sound, establishing itself as a must-visit for anyone passionate about experiencing music’s profound impact through superior audio technology. 

March 22 – 24, 2024

Room: Westmount 4

Hôtel Bonaventure

900 Rue De la Gauchetière O,

Montréal, QC H5A 1E4 CAN

audiofest.ca/fr/montreal/


Upscale Audio – Sounds of Spring

March 28th

5pm – 8pm

Representatives from Nordost, Fyne Audio, and T + A Elektroakustik will be on hand to discuss and demonstrate their products.

2058 Wright Ave, La Verne, CA 91750

(909) 931-9686

www.upscaleaudio.com


AXPONA

The three-day experience features multiple hotel floors packed with over 200 listening rooms. The Expo Hall featuring The Record Fair, The Ear Gear Experience, and seminars. Whether you’re a serious audiophile, a newcomer to high-end audio or simply a music lover, you’ll find everything you need to immerse yourself in your favorite sounds. 

April 12 – 14, 2024

Listening Room: Schaumburg F

Demo Room: 716

Renaissance Schaumburg

Hotel & Convention Center

1551 N Thoreau Dr

Schaumburg IL, 60173

www.axpona.com


Munich High End 

THE LEADING INTERNATIONAL AUDIO SHOW

The HIGH END, the internationally renowned audio exhibition, is the undisputed leader when it comes to impressively setting the tone for top-class music reproduction. It has been providing ideas and impetus for producers, sellers and consumers of high-quality consumer electronics for four decades. On the four days of the event, the entire world of audio experts and professionals gather in Munich to visit hundreds of exhibitors from more than 40 different countries as they showcase their latest innovations in the halls and atriums of the MOC event centre. 

We look forward to seeing you at the HIGH END! 

May 9 – 12, 2024

Room:  (Halle 4) Atrium 4, E112

MOC, Munich

www.highendsociety.de/high-end-44.html


3mA Grand Opening

Come celebrate 3mA’s Grand Opening in their new location:

3502 W. Alabama St. Houston, TX 77027

Saturday June 1st

4PM

Hear from some of the top brands in the industry:

Magico, Nordost, Boulder, Acora, MBL