Dealer Spotlight: Suncoast Audio

By Seth Snyder

In the audiophile community, it is becoming increasingly important for the most enthusiastic of us to act as spokespeople for the pursuit of great sound. Michael Bovaird has been preaching the good word from Florida since 2015. You can find this shop in Sarasota, Florida, where he and his team have both the gear and the expertise to impress even the most ardent audiophiles. 

When you schedule an appointment to visit Suncoast Audio, you will be treated to three different, spectacularly appointed listening rooms, designed to help you choose the best components for your own personal system. Michael and his team have access to countless prestigious brands for anyone to choose from. For speakers, Mike has chosen a wide variety of technologies and prices from well-known brands like Bowers and Wilkins and Focal, to beautiful and unique brands like Clarysis Audio and Avantgarde Acoustics. When it comes to electronics, you will find gear curated to blow you away. Looking for a new processor for your theater from Trinnov? Or a new Block Audio amplifier with enough Class-A power to drive cattle? Whether it be a streamer, processor, DAC, or amp, the team at Suncoast is ready and waiting to exceed expectations with the best brands at any price. And of course… they can furnish any system with the best of Nordost’s cable and power solutions! 

For the past four years, Suncoast Audio has been giving audio enthusiasts the opportunity to experience world-renowned gear at the annual Florida Audio Expo. Shows like these are where the audio community comes to listen to both brands they already know and love, as well as the newest emerging brands breaking into the industry. It’s so important for smaller companies to prove their merit among the giants of our industry in venues like these. For “industry insiders” like us, it’s where we come to meet old friends and share stories, favorite albums, and advice about the gear that we love. Michael not only seeks to meet the expectations of his Suncoast Audio customers, he pushes our industry forward with all the work he does outside his shop as a co-owner of shows like the Florida Audio Expo. 

If you find yourself in the Sarasota, Florida, make it a point to schedule an appointment with the team at Suncoast Audio: 

7353 International Place 

Unit 309 

Sarasota, FL 34240, USA 

Monday – Friday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, EST 

Or visit them at the 4th annual Florida Audio Expo on February 16th-18th 2024 in Tampa, Florida. Visit their website to plan your trip! 

QPOINT Reviews

We’ve received some fantastic reviews and awards over the years for our products. When we get new reviews, we do our best to make sure that everyone knows. We spread the word through social media, blogs, emails, and tell anyone willing to listen! However, once the press starts piling up, and new products start to get their time in the spotlight, these amazing reviews can tend to be forgotten.

While you always have access to these great reviews, thanks to the Reviews Page on the Nordost website, we want to make sure that if you are considering an upgrade, or just want to learn more about a specific product, you can do so easily. This is especially true with a product like the QPOINT. Nordost QPOINT is a Resonance Synchronizers that emits a subtle field which manipulates all electromechanical resonances within its immediate proximity so that they resonate in unison with each other. By syncing these resonances, the QPOINT eliminates internal electrical noise, enhancing the coherency and timing that is typically lacking in even the most high-end audio systems.

There is A LOT to learn about our QPOINT units, and the in-depth reviews that these products have received are a great starting point in understanding how they work, and what their benefits are! 

This blog puts together some of our favorite QPOINT reviews so that you can access all of these informative articles at once! 

The Absolute Sound: Nordost QRT QPoint and QRT QSource Resonance Synchronizer – Strange but True

“With the introduction of the QPOINTS, the orchestra really snapped into place. It was like a photo that went from blurry to sharp in the blink of an eye. It was a sheer pleasure to hear . . . What a revelation!” – Jacob Heilbrunn, The Absolute Sound

Hi-Fi+: Nordost QPoint harmonisers and QSource power supply

“The music sounds more ‘right’ and musicians sound more like they are playing together…you tend to notice an increased sense of dynamic freedom to the sound…” – Alan Sircom, Hi-Fi+

Posi+ive Feedback: Nordost QPOINT Synchronizer

“…the QPOINT locks down the map of the stage and increases the grip, adding body mass and boosting low frequency response. The sound is more pure and becomes easier to read, as if the signal has been cleaned up and extraneous stuff removed.” – Marshall Nack, Positive Feedback

High Fidelity: Nordost QPOINT Resonance Synchronizer

“These are not “additions”, but as important elements of the audio system as any other ones…I have got used to it and to what it does to the sound of my player so fast and so strongly that I experienced physical pain when I was putting the device back into the box . . .” – Wojciech Pacuta, High Fidelity

Questions and Answers: QSINE and QWAVE

With the launch of our QSINE and QWAVE products at the High End show in Munich, there has been a lot of excitement, but also (and understandably so) some questions. We thought that the best thing to do was to answer some of the questions we have been hearing in one place so that we can all be a bit more informed about the newest Nordost QRT Plug-Ins.

Q: What are “QRT Plug-Ins”?

A: The term “QRT Plug-In” may be new, but our plug-in products have been a part of Nordost’s offerings for years, starting with the QVIBE (QV2), continuing with the QKOIL (QK1), and now including the new QSINE and QWAVE. While each product within our range of QRT Plug-Ins offers unique solutions, they are all modular, complimentary AC products that improve upon the poor-quality AC that negatively affects the audio/video performance of two-channel and home entertainment systems.

Q: What are the audible effects of the QSINE?

A: The audible effects of the QSINE are as follows:
• Reduced background noise
• Increased resolution, detail, and pacing
• Improved soundstage (especially depth)
• Addresses all frequencies

Q: What are the audible effects of the QWAVE?

A: The audible effects of the QWAVE are as follows:
• Lowered noise floor
• Increased imagery and dimensionality
• Improved timing and rhythm
• Focuses on upper bass and midrange

Q: Can you use the QSINE and QWAVE alongside the QKOIL and QVIBE?

A: The QSINE and QWAVE were designed to work with and complement the QKOIL and QVIBE. While they can be used individually, you are encouraged to pair the QSINE and QWAVE with each other or, for optimal use, combine them with the QKOIL and QVIBE.

For more information about the QSINE and QWAVE please visit their product page on the Nordost website, or read our product announcement blog: Introducing the QSINE and QWAVE

Hi-Fi+ Analogue Award WINNER: Odin 2 Tonearm Cable +

We are happy to share that Nordost’s Odin 2 Tonearm Cable + has been awarded with the Hi-Fi+ Analogue Award!

First introduced in 2021, the Odin 2 Tonearm Cable + is the perfect solution for audiophiles who want the absolute best from their high-resolution, vinyl-sourced systems. Alan Sircom was absolutely blown away by our Supreme Reference tonearm cable, due to its unmatched performance and comprehensive grounding solution. As he said when he first reviewed this product:  

“This is the best damn cable to hook a turntable to a phono stage. Ever.” – Hi-Fi+  

We’re not sure that you can get any higher praise than that!

You can read Alan’s Odin 2 Tonearm Cable + review here: Nordost Odin 2 Tonearm Cable +

You can find Hi-Fi+’s official Analogue Award statement here: Hi-Fi+ Analogue Awards 2023

High End Munich 2023 Recap

This year’s High End Munich was an overwhelming success. With the release of three, new and exciting products in the QSINE, QWAVE, and QBASE Mark III, as well as a sneak peek at a groundbreaking new power solution, the QBASE Reference, there was a lot to see and hear in the Nordost room. It was great to experience the undeniable enthusiasm from attendees for the projects we have been working so hard on developing. 

Nordost was a ubiquitous presence at High End this year.  Our cables were featured in over a dozen rooms, including some of the best-sounding rooms of the show, like… CH Precision, VTL, Raidho, MOON, Grandinote, and dCS, as well as being extremely well-represented by our German distributor, Audio Reference. These highly respected companies have their pick of cable brands to highlight their products, and it is always an honor to be chosen by them. 

We know that not everyone was able to make the trip to Munich this year, so we took a nice sampling of pictures from the many Nordost-wired systems throughout the show for you to enjoy here! 

Nordost’s room featured our Valhalla 2 cables and QRT products, alongside products from Wilson, dCS, and Dan D’Agostino:

Audio Reference’s room used Nordost cables in several systems featuring Wilson, Krell, Dan D’Agostino and more:

The dCS room featured Nordost Valhalla 2 cables:

VTL’s room featured our Odin 2 Supreme Reference cables

The Grandinote room was wired with our Reference series Valhalla 2 cables:

CH Precision’s system was wired with Odin 2:

Raidho Acoustics’ room was wired with Valhalla 2:

The Scansonic system used Nordost Frey 2:

The MOON by SIMAUDIO room used our Heimdall 2 Ethernet Cable alongside Tyr 2 cables.

Nordost Playlist – June 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 June.

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

  1. Cherie Vico — Peter One — Come Back To Me 
  2. Acoustic — Billy Raffoul — 1975
  3. Makeba — Jain — Zanaka (Deluxe)
  4. Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro — Giacomo Puccini, Renée Fleming, London Philharmonic Orchestra — Rennée Fleming 
  5. Let The Mermaids Flirt With Me — Mississippi John Hurt — “Last Sessions” 
  6. When We Swam — Thao, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down — Know Better Learn Faster 
  7. Darling Be Home Soon — The Lovin’ Spoonful — You’re A Big Boy Now
  8. Sweet — Lana Del Rey — Did you know that there’s a tunnel under Ocean Blvd 
  9. The Curse of the Blackened Eye — Orville Peck — Bronco 
  10. Queen Black Acid — Menomena — Mines

Introducing the QSINE and QWAVE

Nordost’s line of QRT Enhancers and Harmonizers, which originated with the QKOIL and QVIBE, is now expanding to include two fresh designs in the QSINE and QWAVE. Each plug-in provides a unique solution that helps to improve upon the poor quality AC that negatively affects the audio/video performance of two-channel and home entertainment systems.

The QSINE AC Enhancer and QWAVE AC Line Harmonizer are designed to be used alongside the QKOIL AC Enhancer and QVIBE AC Line Harmonizer. While each of these plug-ins has a unique focus, they all complement each other as a modular set of AC products. As with the QKOIL and QVIBE, both the QSINE and QWAVE can be used as “stand-alone” products, but their benefits are cumulative and are best enjoyed when integrated into a full suite of QRT products. To implement the QSINE and QWAVE, simply plug each device into any spare socket that connects to the AC line of your sound system.

Learn more about these two exciting new products:


The QSINE enhances the AC signal in a sound system by introducing a specific frequency field onto the circuit path. This frequency field indirectly reshapes the sine wave, which, in turn, lowers the effects of EMI noise embedded into the AC power, positively impacting the listener’s perception of the musical signal. Introducing the QSINE into your sound system brings about several distinct benefits

  • A lowered perceived noise
  • An increase in the clarity, detail, and pacing of musical reproduction
  • A reduction of EMI on the AC line
  • Greater musicality and improved tonal balance


The QWAVE manipulates the sine wave by introducing a precise range of pulsed frequencies onto the AC line, clocked from the original 50 or 60 Hz waveform. Through this manipulation, the QWAVE is able to better control the harmonics and overtones attributed to many improvements, not least of which is the enhanced realism of both the musical and visual aspects of performance. As a result of integrating the QWAVE into your sound system, you can expect several noticeable results

  • A lowered noise floor
  • Increased imagery and dimensionality
  • An enhanced presence of the sound stage
  • A deeper, more dimensional, and vibrant picture in AV systems

Like the QKOIL and QVIBE, the QSINE and QWAVE are housed in a mechanically tuned, carbon-fiber body and equipped with either a US (NEMA), EU (Schuko), or AUS connector. (EU to UK adapters are available as needed)