Industry Advocate: Mike Valentine

For more than a quarter of a century, Nordost has been renowned for the quality of our products, and the effect that they have on music reproduction. Using Nordost allows listeners to experience music the way it was intended – unrestrained, unfiltered, true.  So it should be no surprise that when high fidelity is the goal, Nordost is who you come to for your cabling needs. For professionals in the audio industry, this is no different. Over the years, Nordost has worked with innovative manufacturers, talented artists, and celebrated recording engineers, who all trust Nordost to bring their finished products to the next level.


 

Mike Valentine has been chasing sound for over 40 years. In the early 1970s Mike joined BBC Television as a sound engineer where he worked on a huge range of programs from “Monty Python” and “Fawlty Towers”, all the way through to “Live Aid”. At the time, the technical training within the BBC was second to none. In 1986 Mike left the BBC to pursue a career in the feature film industry, where he has worked on over 90 feature films including the last five Bond films as the underwater cameraman. However, he has always been passionate about sound. In 2011, Mike returned to his roots, launching “Chasing The Dragon”, recognized as one of the leading producers of audiophile recordings. Through his label, Mike has been able to produce several LPs, including the recently released Vivaldi in Venice, which was recorded using Nordost cables. This live chamber ensemble recording in the Interpreti Veneziani has received rave reviews from critics. These reviews include respected publications such as The Absolute Sound, which ran an article in this month’s (January 2019) issue, by Wayne Garcia, calling the recording “one of the most gorgeous sounding and exquisitely played LPs [he had] heard in quite some time”.

What does Mike have to say about Nordost?

“The most vital thing I have come to appreciate over the years is how precious the microphone signal is. I cannot tell you how everything that we now record has been lifted by leaps and bounds by using Nordost’s Ax Angel microphone cables. We have carried out many A/B tests and have always voted for the musicality and sheer foot tapping fun that our recordings now have, when made using these great cables. I now never leave home without them! In fact, our most recent Direct Cut album (which we also recorded in Double DSD and PMC for download release), featuring audiophile icon Eleanor McEvoy, was recorded using Nordost cables, and the sound is fantastic!”

Mike chooses to use Nordost’s Ax Angel, Blue Heaven, Odin 2, and QRT products in his recordings.

For more information about Mike Valentine and his body of work, visit chasingthedragon.co.uk

 

TONEAudio Reviews the Purple Flare USB Cable

Nordost has more to offer than the exclusive, reference-level products that we are best known for. Offering a complete range of products that are designed to complement all systems from the highest-end to the most modest, Nordost has something for every music lover. That is why we are especially excited when we get reviews featuring our introductory products— so that people can see how transformative our most elemental cables can be! In his review, Nordost Purple Flare USB, Jeff Dorgay looks into the improvements that our entry-level USB cable makes on a system. Dorgay explains that the deeper, more quiet background and “relaxed feel” that the Purple Flare USB gives to the performance is something that even non-audiophiles can appreciate.

“[With the Purple Flare] great recordings feel larger and densely packed recordings open up more and are less fatiguing to listen to. Even my favorite live recording (and arguably one of the worst sounding records, ever) KISS-Alive! perks up when delivered via the PF. I wanted the best and I got it.”—Jeff Dorgay

You can now read Jeff’s full review here: Nordost Purple Flare USB

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

Nordost Playlist – January 2019


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 January.


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


  1. My My My!—Troye Sivan—Bloom
  2. The Final Frame—Michael Kiwanuka—Love & Hate
  3. Less But Better—Sam Gendel—4444
  4. Neon Moon—Cigarettes After Sex—Neon Moon
  5. Waveland—Noam Pikelny—Universal Favorite
  6. The You Can Tell Me Goodbye—Bettye Swann
  7. Do You Ever Remember?—Molly Drake—Family Tree
  8. The Rich (And The Poor)—Keith Jarrett—Treasure Island
  9. Wake Up—Sudan Archives—Sudan Archives
  10. Quiet Dawn—Archie Shepp—Attica Blues