Nordost Customer Testimonial

Nordost is always thrilled to receive and share glowing reviews from journalists and experts in the industry. However, when we get testimonials from our devoted and satisfied customers, it means that much more!

Thank you to Michael from Wisconsin for taking us through his Nordost progression from Frey 2 all the way up to Odin Gold! We love to hear how our products have impacted his system and are happy to join him on his audio journey. 

My journey with my 2 Channel room started with some Frey 2, then I slowly mixed in Tyr 2 and Valhalla 2.   At first, Shawn, from Da Vinci Media, sent demo cables so I could hear if they improved my system’s sound.  Eventually I just skipped the demo process and went straight to purchasing cables with confidence.  I eagerly awaited each arrival to hear just what the sound improvement would be this time around.  Then came the big jump to Odin, but with the twist of a full loom experience.  I did not realize just how impactful a full loom was until I heard it myself in my system – WOW!  Over time I eventually ended up with a full loom of Odin 2 that improved the sound exponentially.  I recently added an Odin Gold root power cable that resulted in amazing system wide improvements. That one cable made my whole system sound even more natural with even more of a feeling of ‘being there’. 

With great results I slowly added QKores, QSources w/ QPoints, Sort Fut, QK1’s, QV2’s, QX4’s, Sort Kones, and Sort Lifts along the way. In particular, the QKore grounding was very impressive indeed. Each addition improved my sound incrementally – some more than others but always something – however the overall total effect added up to a major whole system sound improvement! The system is located in a newly refreshed 2 Channel room that creates an environment for my system to blossom into something very special. Lastly a custom audio rack was designed with a 3-layer shelf construction all supported with Sort Fut for outstanding component isolation.

Sonically what do I hear now? A very, very dark background for starters, creating an important critical foundation to build my system around. Tons of detail, smoothness, great dynamics, instrument and vocal separation and transparency. Very life like sound with no harshness creating a sound that you can listen to for hours on end. My transparently integrated subs add deep, impactful and textured bass that you can feel. The Martin Logan CLX’s electrostats are extremely fast but Nordost cables handle them with ease.

As with most Audiophiles we never rest for long. At some future point I may move on with new additions but my ‘Nordost component’ is here to stay for sure. However, that is not to say that more Odin Gold could certainly be in my future!!   

My Multimedia room was the beneficiary of various ‘cast offs’ from the 2 Channel room. I have the Odin root to QB8 feeding the Anthem AVM 90 and Legacy iV3 amp powered by Valhalla 2. The rest is mainly Tyr 2 with some Heimdall for the surrounds and ATMOS. This is a great system for general TV viewing but particularly for movies and DVD concerts. This room by any measure has outstanding sound that many would be thrilled to own as their main system. Great dynamics and clarity! When listening to movies or concerts you feel and hear how combining great audio with a stunning OLED display can transport you to being there instead of just watching from a distance. 

Michael uses: Odin GoldOdin 2Valhalla 2Tyr 2Heimdall 2QRT, and Sort Systems

Nordost Dealer: Da Vinci Media

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Hi-Fi Choice Reviews the Blue Heaven Analog Interconnect

We are pleased to share another great, 5-Star, award-winning review from Hi-Fi Choice! Neville Roberts’ most recent Nordost review is a great example of what you can expect from introducing our Blue Heaven Interconnects into a sound system. As you will see when you read it, you can expect to hear nothing but positive changes! 

“This interconnect offers superb detail, a full soundstage and really refined performances.” – Neville Roberts, Hi-Fi Choice

You can find Neville’s Blue Heaven Interconnect review on the Reviews Page of the Nordost website, or read it in its entirety here: Nordost Blue Heaven LS Analog Interconnect

Nordost Playlist – July 2022

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 July.

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

  1. Believer—Emily King—The Switch
  2. Last Night—Arooj Aftab—Vulture Prince
  3. Lilies of the Valley—David Byrne—David Byrne
  4. Small Worlds—Rayland Baxter—Good Morning
  5. Your Reality—Sylvan Esso—Your Reality
  6. Pride and Joy—Stevie Ray Vaughan—Texas Flood (Legacy Edition)
  7. Sally’s Pigeons—Cyndi Lauper—Hat Full Of Stars
  8. Eine Symphonie Des Grauens—The Monochrome Set—Compendium 75-95
  9. Franklin’s Tower—Grateful Dead—Blues for Allah
  10. Let Down (Remastered)—Radiohead—OK Computer OKNOTOK 1997 2017

Dealer Spotlight: Audio Breakthroughs

By Steve Greene

With all the silly chatter about audio/hi fi specialty retailers allegedly disappearing from the marketplace, it is very refreshing to note that one Long Island, NY dealer is currently celebrating their 47th year in business!  In fact, Audio Breakthroughs of Manhasset, New York continues to flourish!  The business was initially founded by three audiophile friends, Bruce, Joel, and Dave.  Dave eventually left the business and Joel unfortunately passed away several years ago.  Overall, this family-owned business has been operated by the Clark family (Bruce as well as his son Spencer) since 1975, along with a dedicated staff of installers, front office personnel, and buyer/salesperson Stu Brustein.  We are also very proud that Audio Breakthroughs has been a very supportive and valued Authorized Nordost Dealer for nearly twenty years! 

Audio Breakthroughs offers their dedicated customer base professional and personal service and advice, ranging from affordable systems to high end audio and custom home theater installation set-ups.  Audio Breakthroughs also has a friendly non-commissioned sales staff so you will never feel pressured or rushed to make a purchase.  All your questions will be answered and your professional Audio Breakthroughs salesperson will qualify your needs by asking many pertinent questions such as the size of your room, your musical tastes, décor, and your budget.  Very important note: their installation staff is not farmed out or subcontracted (like how so many other similar organizations operate). They are all employees of Audio Breakthroughs!  Folks, this is a very big advantage, ensuring you that from start to finish, your system or installation will be expertly completed by artisans who really care about their clients, and report directly to the owners.    

While offering sophisticated audio systems, this revered retailer particularly prides themselves on being able to offer their customer base affordable stereo systems that meet any budget, no matter how small or large.  They understand the importance of connecting their customers’ selected components and speaker systems with high quality interconnects, cables, and power products, to maximize their performance.  They have been very successful, particularly with Nordost’s Leif Series and Norse 2 Series products to accomplish this goal.  Audio Breakthroughs also understands the huge benefit of demonstrating their varied lines of speakers and components in their sound rooms with Nordost cables.  You need to be able to hear components and speakers in their very best sonic light so that you will know just how good they can ultimately sound!

Audio Breakthroughs carries many fine audio (and video) lines for you to examine and listen to in one of their sound rooms.  Brands like Pass Labs, McIntosh, Focal, B&W, Mark Levinson, Marantz, Conrad Johnson, Rogue Audio, SVS, and so on.  There is plenty of free parking behind the store and you can enter the store from either the front or back just in case of inclement weather!  So, the next time you are in the metro NYC area, particularly eastern Long Island, make sure you drop in for a friendly, pressure free demo of affordable and state of the art audio gear.