Better Normal: A ‘Concept Concert’ with Eleanor McEvoy

Join our good friend and industry advocate, Eleanor McEvoy for an up-beat, up tempo ‘Concept Concert’ that will warm the heart and lift the spirits: Better Normal. 

Eleanor McEvoy, along with Jess Kavanagh, and Pauline Scanlon, will walk you through Skiffle songs from the 1900s and bring you right up to original songs specially commissioned for the show and written by Eleanor McEvoy, Paul Brady, Derek Ryan and Dave Rotheray (ex-Beautiful South).

What is Skiffle music? 

Skiffle is a type of music that originated in America in the early 1900s, rooted primarily in folk music, and contains elements of blues and jazz. It was typically played by amateur musicians on improvised homemade instruments. 

The 1950s brought a massive revival of Skiffle in Britain. Many of the estimated 40,000 skiffle groups around this time grew into successful, well-established acts. Among them was “The Quarrymen”, the pre-curser to The Beatles, formed in 1956 by John Lennon. 

Eleanor McEvoy, Jess Kavanagh and Pauline Scanlon will be accompanied by a five-piece band, augmented by a three-piece (New Orleans style) brass ensemble and a ten-piece Gospel Choir!

Not “back to normal”, but instead creating a “better normal”.

Better Normal is available to stream at the link below internationally Friday August 27th at 8pm for €15 

https://ticketco.events/ie/ie/m

Dealer Spotlight: AudioFi

By Bruno de Lorimier

There’s a new shop in Vancouver, B.C., but the owner is far from being new to our industry.  The shop is called AudioFi and the owner is none other than industry veteran Philip Meyburgh, who I’ve known for many years.  I first met Philip about 20 years ago when he worked at a well-known specialty shop in downtown Vancouver. We share a passion for music, and have always been able to engage in interesting audio conversations. Philip worked at a number of different specialty shops over the past 50 years and it all started in his birth country of South Africa, where he had his own store that he handed over to his sister when he left for Canada in 1994. 

Philip attributes his life-long passion for hi-fi and music to his father’s influence. As a kid he watched him build Vacuum Tube amplifiers, starting with bending the sheet metal, punching holes for the tube sockets, and sourcing parts — it wasn’t so easy in those days! Face plates were made by spraying a layer of black on clear acrylic, and then using a reverse stencil to scratch out the lettering, which were then sprayed white from behind. Speakers were Klipsch Horns, on which his dad upgraded the crossovers with paper capacitors — a suitcase full were needed! In the evenings when the Earth’s ionosphere was just right, his dad would use the opportunity to connect with radio amateurs in far away places. Philip learned about antennas, wire, cable tuning, and grounding. That was the sixties, the birth of rock and the beginning of the album era.  As Philip told me:

“My seven-transistor radio made me love the music, but I needed better fidelity, so I started a lifelong program of upgrading. My motto? – With music reproduction, nothing is good enough!  The magic of science and physics was a beautiful thing and I kept studying Physics through University, trying to understand the physics of the reproduction chain. Hey, why not just read the product brochures, right? The features and benefits are right there, right? I quickly learned who the ‘White Hat’ companies were that are truthful, as opposed to the ‘Black Hat’ companies that exaggerate things a bit.” 

For him, it’s all about the music, which is great because that’s what it’s all about for us too 😊.

Philip opened Audiofi in October 2020, much to a lot of frowns, because of the uncertainty of the moment, but he didn’t want to miss out on a rare opportunity to get a cool space in a vibrant and developing area of Vancouver, near the Olympic Village. The space is Zen-like, where you step through a small inner courtyard into an oasis of calm, where clients can sit down and hear top quality audio.  The shop is one large open space of approximately 1,500 sq/ft where many quality brands are on display and ready for demonstration on a by-appointment basis. Philip is very proud of the brands he sells, which were carefully selected by him on the basis of performance, value, aesthetics, honesty, and most importantly, musicality, about which he knows a thing or two. According to Philip, Nordost checked all the boxes when it comes to his rigorous selection process. In his own words, this is what Philip had to say about Nordost:

“These are the only guys that do things right from both a physics standpoint and also a proof-in-listening standpoint.  This is why I recommend Nordost.  I’m also looking forward to getting back to a post Covid era and hosting in-store Nordost events. Bruno, of Nordost, would come along and simply do comparisons, not push or influence the audience, letting them come to their own conclusions – this is the best type of selling, because when a customer hears the magic for themselves, it is internalized — It becomes a belief. I like being in this space.”


AudioFi

127 East 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC, V5T 1G4

(604) 351-3485

audiofiinc@gmail.com


Hours:

Mon-Sat 10am-5pm

(5 pm -7 pm by appointment)

Sun        by appointment


Nordost Introduces New Supreme Reference Cable Range – ODIN GOLD

Nordost is excited to introduce its innovative, new Supreme Reference range, Odin Gold. Odin Gold achieves the unthinkable, eclipsing Odin 2. While Odin 2 will continue to remain available, as a beacon of audio prowess throughout the industry, Odin Gold is now taking its place at the apex of Nordost offerings, as the new flagship line. 

Odin Gold advances the revolutionary technology generated throughout the development of the Odin 2 range, and improves upon its elemental composition. With this new preeminent cable range comes the introduction of a new material to Nordost’s award-winning design philosophy. One whose stability, conductivity, and tolerance yields transformative, never before experienced enhancements to performance. That material is gold. 

The Odin Gold range of audio cables includes the most prestigious array of power cords, analog interconnects, tonearm cables, and loudspeaker cables available in the high end consumer audio industry. Each of these state-of-the-art products boasts the highest quality materials on the market, alongside the full breadth of Nordost’s technological advances, innovative manufacturing techniques, and revolutionary, proprietary materials. 

Audiophiles familiar with Nordost will recognize these design features from their highly celebrated predecessor, Odin 2 – features such as Dual Mono-Filament technology, mechanically tuned lengths, Total Signal Control, and Holo:Plug® connectors. However, the influence of these design elements, in concert with the audible effects of gold-plated conductors, shielding, and connectors, provides a hyper-realistic audio experience that has to be heard to be truly appreciated. 

Nordost’s Odin Gold audio cables are a revelation to the highest echelon of two-channel systems available in the audio world, producing a realism in playback that erases any confounds of an audio system, leaving you, for the first time, enveloped by the music itself. 

Attendees of The Hong Kong High End Audio Visual Show were the first to preview Odin Gold. The show served as the start of a year-long rollout period, during which this exceptional product will be introduced to audiophiles around the world. To experience your reference audio system as it has never been heard before, elite customers will soon be invited to schedule personalized Odin Gold auditions led by Nordost’s most exclusive Supreme Reference dealers.

LEARN MORE ABOUT ODIN GOLD

Nordost Playlist – August 2021

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 August.


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


  1. Crimson and Clover—The Shacks—Crimson and Clover
  2. Black Grease—The Black Angels—Passover
  3. Floated By—Peter Cat Recording Co.—Bismillah
  4. The River—Michael Farneti—Good Morning Kisses 
  5. I Get A Kick Out Of You—Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga—I Get A Kick Out Of You
  6. Surf’s Up – A Cappella—The Beach Boys—Feel Flows The Sunflower & Surf’s Up Sessions 
  7. Be Aware—Barbra Streisand—Release Me 2
  8. World That’s Not Real—Gloria Ann Taylor—Deep Inside you 
  9. Angel – Work Tape—Aretha Franklin—ARETHA 
  10. Turnaround (Cocaine Song)—Tōth—You and Me and Everything

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 Rocco from Italy for giving us a glimpse into his reference system, and sharing how Nordost has been such an integral factor in reaching “musical heaven”.


“I’ve tried many other brands of cables and audio accessories before (all top range products), but Nordost’s products perfectly match the neutrality, resolution, and tonality of my Burmester gear. The Burmester Reference Line system, set in my custom-built, concert hall-inspired, acoustic hall, delivers natural and substantial sound with a perfect tonal balance, sense of timing, and deeply impressive dynamics. It is articulate, polite, and large-scale, with refined delicacy, authority, great composure, and an alluring sense of refinement, coupled with just a hint of richness, that makes it easy to enjoy. In a few words, it is the essence of musicality. It processes with immaculate agility and subtlety to deliver low-key music with an exceptional transparency and smoothness. Even at very high volumes, the system never sounds rushed or stressed. Rather, it has a superb sense of fluidity, musical warmth, and an incredible wealth of details—the detail resolution is sky high.

In using Nordost cabling, my Reference System has reached “musical heaven” in terms of sound, and I’m very happy with the results achieved. There’s a natural side effect to this kind of insight that it makes music sound simpler (in a good way), allowing the listener to follow individual musical strands with ease. The sound stage is wide and deep, and populated by immaculately focused instruments. There’s a superb sense of sonic stability in the system that remains untroubled, even as the music explodes with adrenaline-filled dynamic shifts. The position, solidity, and intelligibility of instruments have a perfect precision in their virtual space and aren’t affected one bit. The Burmester Reference Line system manages to convey the warmth and feeling in the lead vocals with mesmerizing realism. To my ears, this kind of composure is rare to find, even at this high-end level; it clearly speaks to the heart as well as the mind, which is a rare thing. I consider the Nordost brand to be the absolute best of the best. They produce the highest quality cables with no compromise. With them in my system, I achieve reference-level sonic performance as I have never, in my humble experience, heard before. Cheers.


Rocco’s system uses ValhallaQRT, and Sort Systems.


Visit our Customer Testimonials page to see what more users like Rocco have to say!

What’s your Nordost story?

How does cable design affect the audio performance of digital cables?

When you’re looking for a digital interface, cable design is of the utmost importance, but what aspects of cable design matter, and how do they affect the performance of your digital cable? There are several electrical characteristics to consider, the top four being: characteristic impedance, capacitance, shielding and transmission speed. 


Characteristic Impedance: 

When speaking about the impedance characteristic of a digital signal, it is important to note that, while you may want to focus on the cable alone, the transmission line of a digital signal starts where the RF signal is generated inside the digital source and ends where the signal is decoded inside the digital receiver. However, for the cable alone, the impedance characteristic is defined as the ratio of voltage to current at the input to an infinite transmission line. The stability of the impedance characteristic depends on several design aspects of the cable, including conductor size and geometry, insulation material and the thickness of that insulation, and connector quality and type (75 Ω for S/PDIF, 110 Ω for AES/EBU, 90 Ω for USB, and 100 Ω for UTP Ethernet cables).


Capacitance: 

In digital cables, high capacitance of a cable will slow down voltage transitions, causing an unevenness to the flat portions of a square wave. When this happens, the D/A receiver on the other end of the signal will have a harder time identifying the data transmission. Many aspects of cable design that help to minimize capacitance are the same aspects that affect the impedance: decreasing the conductor diameter, changing the conductor geometry, and using insulation with a low dielectric constant. The art of designing a high-quality digital cable is finding the balance between what needs to be done to keep capacitance low and avoiding negative impact on the characteristic impedance of the cable. 

To keep capacitance low, Nordost implements their proprietary Mono-Filament technology in their digital cable design. By intricately and uniformly wrapping single or twisted pairs of FEP Mono-Filament around each conductor before encasing them in an extruded layer of high-quality FEP, each conductor is surrounded by its own air dielectric. In decreasing the interaction of the conductor to the insulation, the signal is no longer hampered like it is in more traditional digital cable designs.


Shielding:

Whereas in analog interconnects shielding is used only to keep foreign elements away from the signal, in digital transmission, shielding both keeps external radio frequencies and electromagnetic interference away as well as keeping RF signals inside of the cable itself. When designing a digital cable, one important thing to keep in mind is the compatibility of the specialized connectors with the shielding material, as that will determine how manufacturers implement the shielding into the design. 


Transmission Speeds: 

While fast transmission speeds are always sought after in cable design, for some digital cables it is absolutely essential. USB cables, for example, must perform a digital handshake (where the signal travels from source to destination and then back in 26 nanoseconds) to work. When using a conventional design, that handshake is only possible at short lengths. Nordost USB cables, on the other hand, employ Mono-Filament technology, enhancing signal speeds so much that we are able to build cables twice the length of a standard USB cable or longer, and still achieve a reliable handshake.


For more information like this, to better understand the technical challenges of digital audio data transmission, and to know what to listen for when auditioning digital audio cables read our download, Digital Audio Cables: How Can They Make a Difference?, now!  


Dealer Spotlight: Audio Connection, Sydney

By Bjorn Bengtsson

Audio Connection was founded by Josef Riediger in 1987, born out of his passion for high-end music reproduction. When he first started, Josef had a tiny shop in a the Sydney suburb, Bankstown, and sold only a handful of products (like the legendary Gryphon, to mention one brand). After seven very successful years, he had amassed enough funds and experience to move into a much larger facility in Leichhardt, where he continued to build on his earlier success. There, Josef expanded deeper and deeper into high-end HiFi and Home Cinema. Along the way, he met some amazing people from all walks of life, and built a solid reputation throughout the industry and among customers as a real stalwart of the Australian HiFi community. 

Nordost’s journey with Audio Connection started in the early 2000’s, when then-distributor Warren Stolmack brought in some earlier Nordost products for Josef to audition. Josef was so intrigued by the results he heard with Nordost in his system that he instantly signed on as a dealer and continued to spread the word about Nordost’s performance for many years to come. 

Not long after Mr. Stolmack introduced Nordost to Audio Connection, ‘yours truly’ had the opportunity to meet with the charismatic Josef, or Joe Riediger as most people referred to him. In that meeting I remember that Joe said, in his unmistakable accent, “I don’t need to hear them again, Warren already showed me. Valhalla is the best.”  This is a statement he never would have to amend.

From then on, there have been several Nordost demonstrations made in the Leichardt facility. I have had the privilege of spending several enjoyable and memorable evenings with the ever-present customer base of engaged Australian HiFi enthusiasts. One example of such a night to remember at Audio Connection you can even read about here, thanks to Soundstage Australia’s reporting.

Sadly, Josef passed away in September 2020, one week shy of his 71st birthday. His passion for hifi is upheld by the team he left behind, comprised of Janson, Jojo, Michael, Phil, Ken, and lead by his nephew, Nigel. Between this team, there’s almost 200 years of hifi experience, most of which was spent by Josef’s side, and all sharing his passion for audio. Audio Connection has recently gone through an extensive ‘face lift’ with new, superb sounding demo rooms, filled with a full range of some of the world’s most highly regarded high-end brands, as always. Including, of course, Nordost’s entire collection, all the way up to Odin 2.


Audio Connection

Address:137 Victoria Road
Drummoyne NSW
New south Wales
NSW 2025
Phone:02 9561 0788
Fax:02 97199630
Email:sales@audioconnection.com.au
Web:www.audioconnection.com.au

Nordost Playlist – July 2021

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. We Cannot Resist—LUMP, Laura Marling, Mike Lindsay 
  2. Bed Head—Manchester Orchestra—Bed Head 
  3. Lowdown—Boz Scaggs—Silk Degrees 
  4. Slow Mover—Angie McMahon—Salt 
  5. You & Me—Dave Matthews Band—Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King (Expanded Edition)
  6. Comerte Entera—C. Tangana, Toquinho—Comerte Entera
  7. Somebody Help Me—Otis Brown—Southside Chicago
  8. Tip Toe—SAULT—7
  9. Dreams—Fleetwood Mac—Rumours
  10. Against The Wind—Victory—The Broken Instrument

Hi-Fi Choice Reviews the Heimdall 2 Power Cord ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

We have another 5 Star review in the books! This month our Heimdall 2 Power Cord was recognized for its excellence in Hi-Fi Choice. Reviewer, Neville Roberts, was immediately taken by the unmistakable improvements our mains cable had on his system, calling it an “excellent choice” for any high-end system.

“With the Heimdall 2 in my valve preamp power supply, [the music] is spectacularly reproduced with the crisp and sharp drum-taps and hand-claps in perfect sync with the baseline and piano.” – Neville Roberts, Hi-Fi Choice


You can now read Hi-Fi Choice’s review here: Nordost Heimdall 2 Power Cord

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


Pictures from Nordost Nation! June 2021

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 posting 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, info@nordost.com, or #nordostcables on Instagram, so that we can continue to share them with the whole Nordost family!


We’re a few seasons late to seeing this gorgeous shot from @yegor.malinovskii – “Fall colors just a few days ago were on fire. Winter is coming ❄️”
A beautiful piano alongside Raidho and Nordost by @hifilausanne
@getexcitedbrand – “Loving this new set up that @3maaudio put together for me.”
@soundings_hifi shared this picture with our Heimdall 2 Speaker Cables supported by Nordost Sort Lifts
@vinylnoob “Decided to switch it up this weekend and do a little streaming with Roon->PS Audio DirectStream DAC with Bridge II. #psaudio”
Red Dawn from @williamduarte.hi.fi.sound
@2010_stromling‘s Norse 2 cables are shedding light onto his music
@hifonix.co.uk “Busy morning demonstration.” with Heimdall 2. Coffee and Hi-Fi 👌
@andrea151275‘s system is in for a treat with this new QKORE6 Grount Unit!
@jimmy_hifi – “End of year post. My last system project of 2020. McIntosh, Focal, JL Audio, Nordost, Salamander Synergy, BlueSound, Sony, Roon, Qobuz.”
@emre.elver “Nordost heimdall 2 💯”
@finna_no has his vinyl system sounding immaculate with Norse 2
@andrew_audiophile “Some sound improving components has been added to the system. Nordost QCore, QRT and Sort Fut devices make very positive influence on the sound.”
@cultoffonza spinning some Tom Petty with Heimdall 2 and QRT
@claud1e777 – “…Tube-Time to finish off a busy week” Love the lights!
A great shot of Valhalla 2 Speaker Cables from @audio_klub