Nordost at AXPONA 2023

We are headed back to AXPONA! Come see (and hear) Nordost, April 14-16, at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center, Chicago in the Schaumburg F room. We are bringing together some of the leading brands in the industry to give Axpona attendees a truly world-class listening experience. With top-of-the-line equipment from Stenheim, VTL, dCS, VPI, and of course, Nordost, you don’t want to miss this impressive reference system!

In addition to our show-stopping system in Schaumburg F, featuring a full loom of our Odin 2 cables, Nordost will also be performing our renowned live demonstrations and product comparisons in the Nordost Demo Room: 716

Want more Nordost? Make sure to stop by these amazing rooms which will be featuring looms of Nordost cables, ranging from Leif to Reference! 

  • Holm Audio: 715
  • Holm Audio: 719
  • Grandinote: 428
  • Scaena Loudspeakers: Epiphany 
  • Woo Audio: 456

Dealer Spotlight: The Audio Store

By Amy Hansen

All of us at Nordost would like to extend our congratulations to Bernard Manocchio and his friendly, knowledgeable staff at The Audio Store of Newington, CT, for their well-deserved success, providing audiophiles and home theater lovers with world-class service and well-respected, high-quality audio equipment for 35 years!  

Bernard met what turned out to be his great friend and eventually business partner, the late Harry Misteri, in the 1970’s, while working in Newington’s Hi-Fi Stereo House. The Audio Store was soon born in Rocky Hill, CT under their mutual supervision and expertise. After promising beginnings, they moved to what is their current location in Newington, CT.  

As a passionate and affable audiophile, Bernard believes that everyone should be able to enjoy music and sound as much as he does. This passion is what drives him and his team to make sure that every product in the store provides superior performance. He and his staff, comprised of Jon, Greg, and Patrick, have helped countless people find the right equipment to bring their sound to life, earning him a much-deserved, dedicated customer base.

For audiophiles, The Audio Store offers a wide selection of some of the best audio equipment including, but not limited to, Focal, Naim, Bel Canto, Krell, Roon, Clearaudio, Paradigm, Anthem, Musical Fidelity, and, of course, Nordost!

The Audio Store is one of the best locations for music lovers. You don’t have to take my word for it, though!  Just look at the glowing Google reviews from customers who were fortunate enough to stop in.   

For those of you looking for more than a standard speaker setup, two-channel is not The Audio Store’s only specialty. Bernard and his team are equally savvy at Home theater design, custom installation, and smart home automation!

If you want a sound system that sings, head on over to The Audio Store and let Bernie and the staff show you the way. 

The Audio Store

Address:2457 Berlin Turnpike
Newington, CT 06111
Phone:(860) 666-5006

Nordost is headed to the Montréal Audiofest!

Come hear Nordost at the Salon Audio Montréal Audio Fest. Please join us March 24th – 26th in Montréal at the Hôtel Bonaventure. Throughout the show, our product specialist, Bruno de Lorimier, will be performing live demonstrations and product comparisons, available in both French and English, in Westmount 4, with our dealer, Audio by Mark Jones.

The Montréal Audio Fest is a perfect opportunity to hear the effect that quality cables have on a hifi system, and to witness how enhancements to cable design improve the caliber of a system’s performance.

Looking for more opportunities to hear Nordost at the show? Check us out in the Kevro room, where they will be showing the brand new third-generation 300s from Monitor Audio in Westmount 3. 

Admission is free to the public, so we hope to see you there!

3/24 – 3/26

Hôtel Bonaventure Montréal
900 de la Gauchetière Ouest

Room: Westmount 4 with Audio by Mark Jones

Nordost Playlist – March 2023

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 March.

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

  1. Taking Me Back (Gently) – Jack White – Entering Heaven Alive 
  2. Go Easy, Kid (with James Blake) – Monica Martin, James Blake – Go Easy, Kid 
  3. Follow – Richie Havens – Mixed Bag
  4. Raincatchers – Birdy–Raincatchers  
  5. Can’t Let Go – Robert Plant, Alison Krauss – Raise The Roof (Deluxe Edition) 
  6. Oil & Lavender – Nathaniel Rateliff – In Memory Of Loss 
  7. Abraham, Martin & John – Marvin Gaye – The Very Best Of Marvin Gaye 
  8. Jesus, Etc. – Norah Jones – The Bridge School Concerts 25th Anniversary Edition 
  9. Dummy – Portugal. The Man – Dummy 
  10. FAKE – Lola Young – FAKE

Audio Cable Looms Explained

A “loom” of audio cables is a group of cables, constructed using the same technology and produced by the same manufacturer using a cohesive design philosophy. As a result of this design philosophy, cables produced by distinct manufacturers (and sometimes even ranges within each company) have their own sonic qualities, or “sonic signatures”. The sonic signature of each brand’s cables may be classified as brassy, light, bass-heavy, neutral etc.  

Ultimately, it’s up to the listener to determine their own opinion on the merits of each cable’s sound. What is undeniable, however, is that the effect of mixing cable brands and their respective sonic signatures can have mixed results. 

If you are lucky, the divergent characteristics of your cable hodge-podge will balance themselves out and you will be left with a pleasant-sounding system. Unfortunately, more often than not, the sonic signatures from different cable brands clash, leaving you unable to hear the composition of your system as it was intended. When that happens, you get to deal with the fun task of finding where that clash is happening through trial and error.  

Besides not being able to find the cable that may be less desirable than others, mixing cable brands also makes it harder to identify the weak spots in your electronics themselves. Remember, some cable manufacturers use devices like filters to make up for deficits that may be caused by other components in your system. When listening to your system, you may find yourself wondering if the thin sound you’re hearing should be blamed on your speakers, or your speaker cables; is the slow timing the fault of your pre-amp or interconnects? Upgrading a hifi system can become unnecessarily frustrating and time-consuming when it is not clear which upgrades need to be made!  

By using a uniform loom of cables you are no longer faced with these problems. There’s no need to “balance out” a system; weaknesses are easier to assess and fix, and your components are all on a level and comparable playing field. By hearing your music’s signal flow through a loom of cables, throughout your entire system, from the source all the way to your ears, you ensure that there are no competing or conflicting sonic properties influencing or changing the signal, allowing you to achieve a more coherent and realistic reproduction of sound.