Montréal Audio Fest 2019 Recap

The Montréal Audio Fest was a great way to kick off the show season! With impressive attendance, a wonderful atmosphere, and fabulous sound, this show never disappoints. This year, we were thrilled to be involved in several stellar systems with a number of manufacturers and local dealers. Thank you to everyone who chose to elevate their system with Nordost!

We performed demonstrations in the Nordost room throughout the show.

Sim Audio had their system rigged with our Blue Heaven cables.

In the Audio by Mark Jones room, our Valhalla 2 cables linked gear from CH Precision and speakers from Magico.

Audio d’Occasion’s system used a wide array of Nordost cables.

Gershman’s room had two reference systems— one which used our Odin 2 cables, and the other which used Valhalla 2.  

Tune in to CBS to see Nordost on “Superstar Renovation” with LaMarcus Aldridge!

Juma Entertainment – CBS

Have you ever wanted to give the gift of great sound? That is exactly what San Antonio Spurs forward, LaMarcus Aldridge will be doing on April 7th—and we can all tune in to see it!

Last year, CBS introduced a new, heartwarming show to their line-up: “Superstar Renovation”. In this series of one-hour specials, we join sports celebrities as they head back to their hometowns to recognize people who have played a special role in their lives, and honor them with customized home makeovers.

Thanks to our fantastic Dallas-based dealer, Anointed Soundz, Nordost was able to be a part of Aldridge’s tribute to his high school coach, mentor, and father figure, as he surprised him with an impressive indoor/outdoor audio/video system!

According to Anointed Soundz owner, David McBride, this project had two parts. First, in the game room, they installed a 60 inch, LG 4K UHD flat panel TV (connected with Nordost Blue Heaven HDMI cables), along with an LCR passive Definitive Technology sound bar, powered by a 5.2 AV receiver and a 10 inch Elura powered subwoofer, which were wired with our 2 Flat Speaker Cable and Blue Heaven Subwoofer Cable. Part two was the backyard, where they connected a pair of Nuvo rock speakers to a Parasound 2-channel amplifier (powered by the Blue Heaven Power Cord) with our 2 Flat Speaker Cables, using an Amazon Echo Dot as the streaming source. David added that, since the amplifier and Echo Dot are located inside, on an exterior wall, the speaker cables were run through the brick wall exterior, through a PVC junction box, and then trenched underground to the speaker locations, on opposite sides of a paved back patio!

We’re honored that Anointed Soundz decided to include Nordost in this rare opportunity to show the difference that quality sound can make in someone’s life. But beyond that, we are so happy to be part of the gift that LaMarcus has chosen to give such a formative person in his life.

Make sure to tune in to CBS on April 7th at 5 PM, to see LaMarcus Aldridge and Anointed Soundz give a major A/V upgrade to this special coach on Superstar Renovation!

For more information on the Nordost dealer that made this all possible, visit the Anointed Soundz website:

Pictures from Nordost Nation! March 2019

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,, or #nordostcables on Instagram, so that we can continue to share them with the whole Nordost family!

@hifi_im_hinterhof shared this cool shot of the Valhalla 2 Speaker Cable

Linh Nguyen tagged us in some great photos of the brand new System Solution set-up & tuning discs!

@wensonfung on Instagram says “I’ve been upgrading the cables in my stereo system one at a time, and I finally have a full set of cables from Nordost!! These include power cables, interconnects, speaker cables, and a USB cable. It’s a beautiful mess back there!”

@Seantmanley’s incredible system is wired with Heimdall 2 cables

Luiz Campos sent us this awesome shot of the Raidho Ayra C-3 with our Frey 2 Speaker Cables.

And so are his headphones! 🙂

@felipe.rolim92’s reference level system is equipped with our Valhalla cables 👌

@arthurmassif says these QX4s are an “amazing addition to [his] system.”

@howardkneller and Mat Weisfeld of VPI were excited to open up some brand new Odin 2 speaker cables and take some photos! “I have seen these cables a lot, but they have always been installed in a system and thus very tough to photograph as they were winded over a long distance and hidden by components and racks. I asked Mat if we could open the packaging and shoot the cables, to which he readily agreed. We then giggled like school girls as we both snapped some pics.”

@ruisilvamarques84 shared this great picture of his listening space. “Lazy Sunday with Mr. Fela Anikulapo Ransome Kuti playing on the Hi-Fi.”

“A friend had these sexy cables lying around and said I could give them a try. (Good friend to have!)” – @gowanusaudio on Instagram

Alberto Goldoni sent us this shot of his speaker’s hooked up with Nordost!

“These are a few of our favorite things at @eastsidesoundstudios!” – @mikeguerriero1

An incredible system, wired with Nordost, photographed by @willy_magato on instagram.

“Hard to beat this sonically for me.” – @stevechavez on Instagram

@cultoffonza is always spinning vinyl with his Heimdall 2 cables and QX Power Purifier!

@pantheorganizer’s showing off his “insane” new Hi-Fi set-up!

@rferguson55 sent us this shot of Frey 2 Speaker Cables at work with Reference Bi-Wire Jumpers 😀


Nordost is headed to AXPONA in Chicago!

Come and see Nordost at Axpona, April 12-14th, at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center in Chicago.  For the first time, Nordost and VTL have come together to assemble the ultimate sound system for Axpona attendees. Experience the synergy, dynamic power, and musical nuance that has awarded these cutting-edge companies “Best of Sound” in numerous audio shows. Join the founders of Nordost and VTL as they enjoy their reference-level products performing at their best, arranged and fine-tuned by world-class set-up artist, Stirling Trayle. Join us in room 734 and lose yourself in a transformative, high-performance audio system, the likes of which is rarely available to the public. In addition to showcasing our reference system, featuring a full loom of Odin 2 cables and outstanding gear from VTL, dCS, VPI, and Stenheim, Nordost will also be performing our renowned live demonstrations and product comparisons in room 730. While at the show, be sure to visit us in The Marketplace where we will be offering show specials on select products!


April 12-14th

  • Reference System: Room 734
  • Product Demonstrations: Room 730
  • Show Specials: The Marketplace


Speaker Set-Up: Time for an Adjustment

It is no industry secret that, when it comes to hi-fi, proper system set-up is nearly as important as the components in the system itself. One of the most integral elements of system set-up is speaker placement. However, once your loudspeakers are perfectly placed, that rarely means your set-up days are gone for good. A hi-fi system is an interconnected entity. Every change that you make to it, whether you upgrade amps, your rack, cables, or any other component, affects the sound, and as a result, adjustments to speaker placement must be made.

At Nordost we are in the business of making your sound system perform its absolute best. As a way of accomplishing that, for years we offered a system tuning and set-up disc.  Recently, we launched the System Solution. This revamped, two-disc set-up tool both improves and expands upon our initial product, offering more content and features, including a unique mix of diagnostic tracks, calibration tools, and system conditioning aids to help with every aspect of system set-up. As a supplement to our original set-up disc, we provided a wildly popular, and helpful “Speaker Placement Guide”. However, when we introduced the System Solution: Set-Up & Tuning Discs, we thought that an update to the guide was also in order!  

If you are familiar with Nordost’s original “Speaker Placement Guide”, you already know that it provides readers with instructions to execute several speaker placement methods widely-used by hi-fi dealers, professional audio installers, and manufacturers. Now, in the newly expanded “Speaker Set-Up Guide”, we have taken loudspeaker set-up even further — sharing our 6-Axis Approach to optimizing speaker positioning. This approach addresses the minor tweaks in fore and aft, sideways, and vertical positioning as well as toe-in, rake, and azimuth angles, which are crucial to accomplishing the ever-important finishing touches in speaker placement.

Whether you are setting up your system for the first time, need to re-tweak your speaker placement after making upgrades over the years, or simply want to fine-tune what you have, our new “Speaker Set-Up Guide” serves as the perfect manual to optimize your sound system.

Download the NEW Nordost Speaker Set-Up Guide today!


Nordost Playlist – March 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 March.

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

  1. Stay Flo—Solange—When I Get Home
  2. Lost in the Sauce—King Garbage—Make It Sweat
  3. Glass, Concrete & Stone—David Byrne—Grown Back words
  4. Still on My Mind—Dido—Still on My Mind
  5. Unforgettable—Johnny Hartman—Hartman For Lovers
  6. Ma Mama—Toto Bona Lokua—Bondeko
  7. Come On and Move Me—Monarchs—Those Words, Those Frames
  8. I Found A Reason – 2015 Remastered—The Velvet Underground—Loaded (Remastered)
  9. Pink Moon—Nick Drake—Pink Moon
  10. Like A Fool — Superchunk — Foolish