HiFi Choice Reviews the Heimdall 2 Headphone Cable

We are pleased to share that our Heimdall 2 Heaphone Cable was recently named a HiFi Choice Recommended Product!  Neville Roberts gave the Heimdall 2 Headphone Cable a five-star rating, raving about its ability to raise levels of clarity and realism in music. Auditioning this cable with a pair of Sennheiser HD 800 S Headphones, Neville described the improvements for his Hifi Choice readers:

 

“I can hear more instruments playing and the sheer reality of the performance is spectacular; the imaging is noticeably improved and each individual player is more clearly identified. What is particularly interesting is that when I revert back to the Sennheiser cable, the sound from each instrument seems to be more blurred and overlaps into the sound from adjacent instruments.”

 

You can now read Neville’s full review here: Nordost Heimdall 2 Headphone Cable


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


 

NOVO Reviews Blue Heaven Analog Interconnects

Last month, NOVO magazine picked up where it left off in its cable upgrade journey with Blue Heaven Analog Interconnects. Reviewer Suave Kajko is taking his readers through the process of maximizing the performance of their audio systems step by step. In part one of his three-part series, Suave focused on power cords. Now, with the focus shifting to interconnects, he is noticing even more improvements to his system:

“The background became slightly blacker, which in turn allowed the vocals and instruments to offer a better presence…it was as if a faint fog had dissipated from in front of the music system, allowing a cleaner, more transparent sound to immerse.”–Suave Kajko

You can now read Suave’s Blue Heaven Analog Interconnect review here:  The Journey to Higher Quality Audio With Nordost Leif Cables: Part 2 of 3

And, if you missed part 1 of his Blue Heaven review series, which focused on Power Cords, you can read that here: The Journey to Higher Quality Audio With Nordost Leif Cables: Part 1 of 3


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


 

Soundstage! Australia reviews the QKORE

This month yet another fabulous review of the QKORE was released. In his article, Peter Katsoolis of SoundSage! Australia, describes contaminated AC power as tainted blood, which can spread from component to component, wreaking havoc on the performance and sound of your system. The cure, as Peter found, was QKORE.

“What the QKORE1 then does by giving a musical blood transfusion to each and every audio component, and to so clearly and audibly ‘AC lift’ the performance of my entire system, is genuinely astounding.”

You can now read Peter’s QKORE review in its entirety here: Nordost QKORE1 Ground Unit

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

The Absolute Sound reviews Nordost Sort Systems

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In this month’s issue of The Absolute Sound, Kirk Midtskog had some great things to say about our Sort System— Nordost’s range of resonance control devices. After hearing the entire line of Sort products integrated into his sound system, he noticed some clear improvements: “Clean, coherent, calm. The background noise was, indeed, reduced all around. Musicians’ positions in space and the overall sonic envelope were fleshed out very well.” In his article, Nordost’s Sort Isolation System—A Trio of Options, Midtskog gives a detailed description of each of our resonance control solutions. Here are a few snippets from his article to see how each of our products fared:

Sort Kone

“All three [Sort Kones] reduced haze between images and throughout the larger soundscape. They helped contribute to a more organized and less splashy presentation… As a result, images were more focused and the whole listening experience became more relaxed and involving.”

Sort Füt

“The Sort Füt helped ratchet up my system’s performance across the board without any apparent downsides.”

Sort Lift

” …Sort Lift reduced background noise and enhanced upper-frequency information… [it] also notably increased liveliness, transient crispness, and overall musicality and resolution.”

Kirk’s review is now available to read here: Nordost’s Sort Isolation System—A Trio of Options

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

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The Absolute Sound reviews the Nordost QKORE

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In this month’s issue of The Absolute Sound, you will find yet another stellar review of our QKORE Ground Units. In his article, Nordost QKORE Grounding System: Silence is Golden, Jacob Heilbrunn is absolutely taken with our product, calling the QKORE “the most potent power product” that he has ever experienced. His enthusiasm is further captured in the closing paragraph of his review:

 “…the elegance, the poignancy, the fragility of a musical line is what conveys the emotion at the heart of music. This is what the Nordost QKORE does so well. I can’t help thinking that to achieve the most from any high-end stereo Nordost QKORE is an essential product to consider”

Jacob’s QKORE review is now available to read here: Nordost QKORE Grounding System: Silence is Golden

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

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NOVO Reviews the Blue Heaven Power Cord

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This month, NOVO released the first part of a 3-part series, The Journey to Higher Quality Audio With Nordost Leif Cables, looking at the improvements in sound quality that result from upgrading audio cables step-by-step! Using Nordost’s Blue Heaven cables, Suave Kajko aims to show readers how to get the most out of their system for a relatively small investment. In the first installment, Suave focuses on Power Cords:

“With the Nordost Blue Heaven power cord connected to the amplifier, I was immediately rewarded with a lower noise floor and an improved sonic experience…The soundstage also expanded a little in both width and depth. This painted a sonic landscape where the instruments and vocals were further apart from each other, closer to how you would hear them in real life.”

Suave’s review is now available to read here: The Journey to Higher Quality Audio With Nordost Leif Cables

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

 

SoundStage Australia Reviews BC Sort Kones

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This month, Soundstageaustralia.com featured a great review on our Sort Kone resonance control devices. In his article, Edgar Kramer explored the differences that BC Kones made on his sound system. The benefits that he experienced were anything but subtle. Sort Kones even got a stamp of approval from Edgar’s wife when she called him into the sound room, immediately having noticed a mysterious improvement in the ‘realness’ of the music!

“What I thought was going to be an exercise in punishingly strained listening usually resulting in ultra-subtle differences at best, ended up being deceptively the opposite. How wrong and surprised was I.”

Edgar’s Sort Kone review is now available to read on SoundStageAustralia.com here: Nordost Sort Kone BC Resonance Control System

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

Le Magazine Son & Image reviews the QKORE

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Nordost’s QKORE has left a big impression on the hifi audio market, since the ground units were first released in May of 2017. Reviews from publications around the world describe the undeniable benefits that the QKORE brings to sound systems. The latest such review comes from Le Magazine Son & Image, where author Michel Leroux explains his experience with the QKORE:

With either the QKORE1 or QKORE3 unit in place, listening becomes engaging. There is better precision and fluidity along with a less veiled sound. A significant improvement of the sound and musical rendering emerges, an unexpected but very real effect. The results are immediate…Clarity improves across the board, very noticeable in instrumental harmonics. Vocal presence is improved, along with overall musicality from the audio system. Dynamic contrast is heightened, and a more natural and coherent rendering of sound and musical content permeates the listening room.

Michel’s review, “Benefits of Parallel Grounding”, is now available to read on the Nordost website(in both English, as well as its original French text).

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

Al Griffin reviews Purple Flare for SoundStage!Access

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We love it when cable skeptics review our products. Al Griffin was wary to concentrate on cabling when first tasked by Soundstage! to review our Purple Flare Interconnects and Speaker Cables. However, after taking the time to study the impact that Nordost cables brought to his sound system, he admittedly “crossed a threshold”. The tonal separation between vocals and individual instruments, the increased clarity, and the three-dimensional quality that Purple Flare brought to the performance was undeniable.

“I heard differences almost from the get-go, and those differences were improvements: better resolution of low-level details, and better spatial definition.” 

Al’s Purple Flare review is now available to read on the Nordost website here:  Nordost’s Leif Purple Flare Speaker Cables and Interconnects 

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

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Chris Martens Reviews Nordost Headphone Cables for The Absolute Sound

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Since its release in 2014, the Heimdall Headphone Cable has made a tremendous impact on the performance level that customers are able to achieve while using their personal audio systems. As a result of its success, Nordost soon after introduced the Blue Heaven Headphone Cable. Years later, both cables are still receiving attention from reviewers and thought-leaders. This month, Chris Marten shared his impressions of these transformative aftermarket headphone cables in The Absolute Sound:

“The defining sonic characteristics of the Blue Heaven headphone cables are an open and airy-sounding midrange presentation with plenty of transient “snap” and definition coupled with detailed and extended highs.”

“Heimdall 2 [headphone] cables yielded several worthwhile sonic improvements, including more tautly defined but no less impactful bass, an across-the-board and evenly balanced increase in resolution, and a really impressive quality of top-to-bottom harmonic integrity.”

You can now see Chris’s headphone cable review on the Nordost website under reviews

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