Nordost is heading to Munich for High End 2022

Nordost is thrilled to finally be exhibiting again at the High End 2022 Show in Munich, held at the MOC May 19-22. We are excited to be introducing several new products that have been released over the course of our two year hiatus, and to show attendees what we have been working on! Throughout the show, product trainers and specialists Bjorn Bengtsson, Alex Brady, and Dennis Bonotto will be performing live demonstrations and answering questions in (Halle 4) Atrium 4, Room E112. High End 2022 should be a fantastic show, and we hope to see you all there!

Nordost Playlist – May 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 May.


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


  1. Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)—Angelique Kidjo—Oremi
  2. Red Clay—Craig Pilo—Just Play
  3. Too Late Now—Wet Leg—Wet Leg
  4. Good To Be (Home Again)—Keb’ Mo’—Good To Be…
  5. Tell Her You Belong To Me—Beth Hart—Better Than Home (Deluxe Edition)
  6. Space Oddity – Live—Natalie Merchant—Live in Concert
  7. Feel It Still—Pentatonix—PTX Presents: Top Pop, Vol. I
  8. I Love Being Here With You – Live—Diana Krall—Live In Paris
  9. Tower Of Song—Tom Jones—Spirit In The Room
  10. The Medium—Toro y Moi, Unknown Mortal Orchestra—MAHAL

AXPONA 2022 Recap

It was so good to finally be back at AXPONA for an amazing hifi show! This year, we were happy to treat attendees to a world class reference system featuring our Odin 2 cables. Feedback from the show has been overwhelmingly positive, and we couldn’t be happier with the sound we were able to create with our partners Stenhiem, VTL, Wadax, and VPI. As reviewer Jason Victor Serinus from Stereophile told his readers, “For huge sound in a huge room, you needed to look no further”.

Thank you to all of our friends in the industry who chose to showcase their products with the help of Nordost cables and power products. We’d like to give a special thank you to the show-goers who attended the Nordost demos in the Holm Audio room, who took the time to learn, first hand, how quality cables can make a difference in a home sound system.

Please enjoy these photos from the show!


Nordost’s main room featured our Odin 2 cables alongside products from Stenheim, VTL, Wadax, and VPI:


In Holm Audio’s Nordost Demo Room, Michael Taylor and Amy Hansen wowed listeners with our cable comparisons!


Rhapsody Audio’s room featured our Odin 2 Supreme Reference Cables:


Sonner Audio’s room featured our Heimdall 2 cables:


JS Audio showcased original WAMM speakers with our Valhalla 2 Reference cables:


Holm Audio’s room with Hegel featured our Frey 2 cables:


Holm Audio’s NAD, DALI room featured a collection of our Norse 2 family of cables:


Grandinote’s room featured our Odin and Odin 2 cables:

Dealer Spotlight: Kennedy Hi-Fi

By Bruno de Lorimier

Kennedy Hi-Fi, situated on Hwy 7 in Markham, Ontario is one of our newest partners.  Owner Markus Bundze and his staff have been helping home and business owners with their audio, video and automation needs for close to 30 years.

I met Markus as a young lad in his early twenties, back in the ’90s when he was just starting out in this industry of ours and learning the ropes at the original store.  The old store was much more modest than the current one and was located on Kennedy Road, hence the name Kennedy Hi-Fi.  Markus quickly acquired an in-depth product knowledge, as well as a passion for the AV business that I always attributed to his inquisitive nature, combined with a genuine desire to perfect his skills and to ultimately strive to deliver the best service.  He and his team are committed to providing customers with an experience they won’t soon forget.  The store is a well-oiled machine, where every detail is important and every team member ads to the overall experience. You will rarely find a system that isn’t fully wired and ready for a demo. All members of the Kennedy Hi-Fi team are consummate professionals devoted to giving the best advice, not on what they like, but more importantly on what will work best for each individual client and their respective budget.

Kennedy Hi-Fi prides itself on constantly seeking the best brands and updating their full range of products in order to offer, design, pre-wire and install systems that their customers will be proud to own and to show off. Thus the addition of Nordost, which they view as an extremely well-regarded name in the cable industry that offers unique sound and technology in contrast with the other brands of cables on display.   As Kennedy Hi-Fi puts, offering Nordost “gives the customer another degree of flexibility in pursuing their perfect sound.”  Nordost also complements very well with the impressive list of other fine brands you will find in their showrooms:  Moon by Simaudio, Focal, Audiovector, Fezz Audio, JL Audio, Klipsch, Naim, Oracle Audio, Parasound, Primaluna, PS Audio, Project, and Rega, to name a few.

If you are looking for a multi-room custom installation, their team of professionals are very well equipped to make your home entertainment dreams come true: full automation, lighting, video, audio, etc… both for indoor and outdoor. They pretty much do it all!  As Markus would say, “No job is too big or too small for Kennedy Hi-Fi.”

The many great customer reviews they continue to receive are a true testament to the kind of service you can expect to get from these guys.  Just take a few minutes to see for yourself on their social media platforms. 

Whether you’re in the market to acquire a new piece of gear in the near or distant future, I strongly encourage you to pay a visit to Kennedy Hi-Fi and let Markus, Sean, or Chris show you around, and perhaps indulge them in giving you a demo for a taste of their “savoir faire”. 

Nordost is headed back to AXPONA in Chicago!

After a long hiatus, it’s time to go back to AXPONA! Come and see Nordost April 22nd-24th, at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center, Chicago in the Schaumburg F room.  We are bringing together some of the leading brands of in the industry to give Axpona attendees a truly world-class listening experience. With top-of-the line equipment from Stenheim, VTL, Wadax, VPI, and of course, Nordost, you don’t want to miss this impressive reference system. In addition to our showcase 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 room 739. It’s been a long time since we have been able to visit the AXPONA audience in Chicago, and we can’t wait to see you all again!

Nordost Playlist – April 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 April.


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


  1. Satellite Man—Satellite and the Harpoonist—Satellite Man
  2. Summer Nights—Lonnie Liston Smith, The Cosmic Echoes—Visions of a New World
  3. Love You Inside and Out—Pat Van Dyke, Melinda Camille—Nautilus / Love You Inside and Out
  4. All About You—Sophie Zelmani—Soul
  5. Flat Beat—Mr. Oizo—Flat Beat
  6. It Happens Suddenly—Kaito—Trust
  7. One of These Days—Bedouine—Bedouine (Deluxe)
  8. Le soleil levant (house of the rising sun)—pijama land—le soleil levant (house of the rising sun)
  9. RHODODENDRON—Hurray For The Riff Raff—LIFE ON EARTH
  10. Today—Tom Scott, California Dreamers—The Honeysuckle Breeze

How to Position Your Sort Kones to Get the Best Sound From Your Components

By Michael Taylor

We all know that Sort Kones are fantastic tools to help get the most from your system.  Getting rid of vibrations that degrade the signal path is essential for clarity and proper imaging.  What some people don’t know is that you can maximize performance just by achieving the best placement possible.

Many people place Sort Kones under components uniformly, essentially using them as new feet.  However, since they are acting as mechanical diodes, their specific placement becomes important. You want them as close to the things that are causing the vibrations as possible.  How do you do that, you ask?

Easy, jump onto your computer and enter the brand and model number of the component you are looking to support into the search bar.  Click images after the results come up and you will inevitably find a picture of the component without its top on, showing the inner workings.  Look inside to see where the parts are located and search for the parts you think would vibrate the most (i.e. power transformers, filter capacitors, hard drives, motors, etc).  Then simply shift the Sort Kones to line up underneath those vibration prone parts.  Once your Sort Kones are in place and the unit is stable, you’re all set.

This one little tweak will allow you to get the most out of your Sort Kones and have your components sounding their best!

By the way, this little trick works for our QPOINTs also.  Just look for the board location and tweak your QPOINT placement based on what you find.

AUDIOKEY REVIEWS Auditions the AC Sort Kone

When we were contacted by Kermit Heartsong of AudioKey Reviews to audition our Sort Kones, we were thrilled to hear that after receiving our three Sort Kone models (AC, BC, and TC), Kermit decided that they were all so impressive that each one merited its own article! The first in this series of reviews is a fervent testimonial of the impact of our AC Sort Kones. In it, Heartsong insists that our Sort Kones be considered a new subcategory of audio component, akin to audio racks, that makes music more enjoyable and involving, and promotes a whole lot of “chair-dancing”. 

Heartsong writes: 

“The Nordost AC Sort Kones are far more than a tweak, and that to even consider them tweaks denies their stunning music-freeing abilities. We very highly recommend the Nordost Sort Kones as an amazing, stand-alone, portable rack system, that will allow one’s music to sing at a level above.”

At the end of his review, Heartsong dares readers to incorporate Sort Kones into their systems and then remove them, calling such an act impossible. To solidify his praise, Kermit has given our AC Sort Kones the AudioKey Reviews “High Nines” Award for exceptional price to performance ratio, mentioning that the Sort Kones represent the first ‘tweak’ to have ever received one of their awards!


You can read AudioKey’s review in its entirety here: Nordost Sort Kone Review

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


Dealer Spotlight: The Audio Solutions

By Mike Marko

Since 1995, Audio Solutions has served customers in Indianapolis. Located in the Broad Ripple community, near Butler University, this pedestrian-friendly area of town is the perfect location for a hifi shop. 

The Audio Solutions team, led by Graham Lundeen, showcases some of the finest brands in audio from their new, custom-designed building. Shoppers can be confident that they are hearing products properly by conducting auditions in one of Audio Solutions’ four sound rooms. From insulation and soundproofing to room dimensions, these sound rooms were tailored-made for critical listening. However, if you would rather hear components in your own sound system, they even offer in-home demonstrations before purchase.  

Audio Solutions is more than just a great building. The team is what makes this company special. Victor Gazorek, the store manager, has been with the company for over ten years.  Originally a customer of the store, he brings decades of experience to the team (especially in the realm of audio and digital distribution, networking, and streaming!). They even offer an on-staff service tech, Scott Gleason, to take care of any problems and to assist with warranty service, further proving that customer care is a top priority. 

Custom home installation for whole-house audio and video is a very important part of the business, but their hearts are truly rooted in high-end audio performance. Audio Solutions carries the entirety of Nordost’s extensive product range, from Leif to Odin 2. They even have the brand-new QNET Network Switch available for audition (one of our first dealers to have one). Don’t worry, cables and audio enhancers aren’t the only things on offer! From the best, new streamers and DACS, turntables and electronics, to a large selection of previously owned gear (now accepting trade-ins), you are bound to find what you are looking for, along with the service and expertise you would expect of a hi-end audio retailer. 


The Audio Solutions

6340 Ferguson St

Indianapolis, IN 46220

www.theaudiosolutions.com

audioreference@aol.com

(317) 255-4434

 

Nordost Playlist – March 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 March.


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


  1. Mariella—Khruangbin, Leon Bridges—Texas Moon
  2. Lonely Sometimes—Oh He Dead—Oh He Dead
  3. My Babe—Spoon—Lucifer On The Sofa
  4. The Waters Of March—Susannah McCorkle—From Bessie To Brazil
  5. Show Me Your Pretty Side—Tamar Aphek—All Bets Are Off
  6. Life On Mars—Miguel Atwood-Ferguson—Modern Love
  7. Do I Ever Cross Your Mind—Chet Atkins and Dolly Parton—Chet Atkins-The Master And His Music
  8. Let’s Go Get Stoned—Big Mama Thornton—Stronger Than Dirt
  9. All the While—The Pines—Dark So Gold
  10. The Loop—Toro y Moi—The Loop