StereoNET reviews the QNET Network Switch

Today we want to share an incredibly strong review of our QNET Network Switch in StereoNET, penned by Mark Gusew. In his review, Mark not only praised the QNET, remarking that he heard improvements in almost every area, but also made the argument that digital upgrades are an unquestionable necessity – a fact that needs more attention in the hifi world! 


Mark was incredibly impressed with our network switch, saying it was “the best product of its type that I’ve heard by a large margin”. So it’s no surprise that following his review, the QNET was awarded the StereoNET Applause Award! 

“With Nordost’s new QNET in place, everything sounds smoother and more fluid; it’s better balanced with less harshness…giving the system greater dynamic expression.” – Mark Gusew, StereoNET 


You can now see Mark’s QNET Review on the Reviews Page of the Nordost website, or read it in its entirety here: Nordost QNET Network Switch

hi-fi+ reviews the QBASE Reference

We are thrilled to share our first, official QBASE Reference review. As an auspicious bonus, this review can be found in the highly valued 25th Anniversary issue of hi-fi+!  

Unsurprisingly for all who have heard the QBASE Reference in their own systems since its launch, editor and reviewer, Alan Sircom was enthusiastically positive about our QBASE Reference, saying that the Audio Gods smiled favorably on Nordost with a device that “helps the system get out of the way of the music”. Alan has always been an advocate of our products, especially those that help with the all-important foundation of one’s system, and the QBASE Reference is a “cornerstone” of that concept.

 “For those already in audio’s First-Class lounge… this could be your first upgrade. Nordost’s QBASE Reference is that important to the sound of your system.” – Alan Sircom, hi-fi+

You can find Alan’s QBASE Reference Review on the Reviews Page of the Nordost website, or read it in its entirety here: Nordost QBASE Reference (QB10) AC Distribution System

VuMetre Reviews Heimdall 2 and the QBASE Mark III

We are excited to share a great new review that focuses on our QBASE Mark III and Heimdall 2 cables, published in VuMetre and written in both English and French, by reviewer Vincent Guillemin.  In it, Guillemin talks about the direct benefits that both Nordost’s power supply and cabling have had on his set-up, calling it, in a word, “impressive”. 

Guillemin says it’s “as if the speakers had changed color, in addition to having modified their drivers to better color the timbres.” 

You can read this review in its entirety here: 

In English – The true benefits of power treatment: Nordost Heimdall, QBASE 8 Mk III

In French – Les inestimable bienfaits du traitements secteur: Nordost Heimdall, QBASE 8 Mk III

For this, and many more fantastic Nordost reviews, visit the Reviews Page of the Nordost website.

The Audio Beat reviews Nordost Blue Heaven cables

We are happy to share a great review of our much-loved Blue Heaven cables. In his article, Mark Blackmore explores the concept of cable looms and highlights what can be gained from using audio cables from the same manufacturer throughout a sound system. With our Blue Heaven cables in his system, Mark was inspired to lengthen his listening sessions, commenting “Blue Heaven’s clear, clean sound is a joy.” 

You can now read Mark’s review here:  Nordost Blue Heaven Interconnects, Speaker Cables, and Power Cords

Or, you can find it, along with other great reviews, on the Reviews Page of the Nordost website. 

GY8 Reviews the QBASE Mark III AC Distribution Unit

Since the launch of our new QBASE Mark III AC Distribution Unit, we have been inundated with positive feedback from our retailers and customers; so we are excited to share the first official QB8 MK III review. After using the QBASE Mark III at the High End show in Munich, Roy Gregory was excited to take it home to experiment further in his home system. He has since determined that the newest iteration of the QB8 remains “in the front rank of audiophile distribution blocks”, so I think it’s safe to say he was pleased with the results as well. 

In the listening comparisons that Roy conducted with both the new and old QBASE units, he found several “clear musical and sonic advantages” to the Mark III, including “increased presence from a crisper and more clearly defined sound-stage” and an ability for the music to breathe and really express emotion. 

“The latest QB8 should open the window on your recordings wider than ever before, not least because its benefits spread across every component in your system, allowing every single one to work better.” – Roy Gregory, Gy8

You can now find Roy’s review on the Reviews Page of the Nordost website, or read it in its entirety here: STAR QUALITY – THE NORDOST QB8 MK. III DISTRIBUTION BLOCK

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

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

QKORE 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 QKORE. Nordost QKORE Units are parallel grounding devices, which provide an artificial, “clean” earth for hifi audio systems by drawing stray high-frequency noise and voltage-generated magnetic fields to a manufactured earth point through using both an electrical and mechanical approach. There is A LOT to learn about our QKORE units, and the in-depth reviews that these products have received are a great starting point to understanding how they work, and what their benefits are! 

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


The Absolute Sound: Nordost QKORE Grounding System – Silence is Golden 

“…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” – The Absolute Sound 

The Absolute Sound Editors' Choice Awards 2021
The Absolute Sound Golden Ear Award 2018

Stereophile: Nordost QKORE and QKORE Wire – System Grounding Accessories 

“I can’t imagine that anyone who’s invested considerable time and energy and money in a high-end system would want to be without the markedly ‘blacker’ backgrounds, increased transparency and detail, more vivid colors, and greater overall veracity delivered by Nordost’s QKore Ground Units…The law of diminishing returns does not apply; the differences were cumulative, and anything but subtle.”  – Stereophile


Hi-Fi+: Nordost QKORE Ground Units 

“The QKORE was like a quick lesson in ‘time coherence’, giving any sound (even speech) a more accurate sense of rhythmic beat and metre (we often just lump this together into saying it ‘times’ well). There are other benefits, too; the almost clichéd ‘darker backgrounds’ and wider soundstage with better separation of images applied here, too. The treble seemed to integrate slightly better with the midrange and bass as well, but it’s that bass and temporal correctness that wins you over. It’s like your system no longer has to apologise for itself, even if it had little to apologise for before you QKORED it!” – Hi-Fi+

Hi-Fi+ Award 2017

Part-Time Audiophile: Nordost QKORE Ground Units and QKORE Wire

“When the time came for me to remove the Nordost QKORE grounding units from the system, I noticed the difference immediately… I felt my system lost just a bit of its edge and clarity.” – Part-Time Audiophile


Positive Feedback: Nordost QKORE Ground Products

“In advance of installing the QKORE Ground Units, I had imagined what such a product might accomplish. Those daydreams were prophetic—the only surprise was how significant it turned out to be…  it did more to improve my sound than any alternative I can think of at that price.” – Positive Feedback

PF Writers' Choice Award 2020

Positive Feedback: Nordost Premium QKORE Wire

“The major impact of the Premium QKORE wires is purity of the high frequencies. Secondary effects include increased image mass, a boost in dynamics, and dialing in focus. On the subjective side, there’s more drama and impact… If you’ve already invested in the Nordost QKORE solution, this one’s a no-brainer.” – Positive Feedback


High Fidelity: Nordost QRT QKORE6

“…connecting all elements in our system to the artificial ground is equivalent to replacing any of its elements with a superior one. But – and here it starts to be interesting – we get more of everything that we already have in the system, not something completely new. In other words, the sound we worked for, polished and refined, will be improved, not changed.” – High Fidelity 

High Fidelity

The Audio Beat: Nordost QKORE Grounding System

“[The] purist recordings of small ensembles…made plain QKORE’s contributions, as the recording venue sounded bigger and the musicians more in-the-room present, no ‘maybe’ about it. This occurred across recordings and components, QKORE expanding musical horizons and making everything in them sound more vivid—more grounded, you could say.” – The Audio Beat 

Audio Beat Award

Soundstage! Australia: Nordost QKORE 1 Ground Unit

“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.” – Soundstage! Australia 


NOVO: Nordost QRT Power Products Review. Part 2 of 3: QKORE Ground Unit and QKORE Wire

“…the Nordost QRT QKORE6 and QKORE Wires provided enhanced benefits on a scale I would be hard-pressed to live without; benefits that could not be described as anything-less-than significant.” – NOVO 


Le Magazine Son & Image: Nordost QKORE: Benefits of Parallel Grounding

“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.” – Le Magazine Son & Image

Nordost 2022 Awards

Even though 2023 is already in full-swing, we can’t help but take a moment to celebrate some of the success that we enjoyed throughout 2022. We are very happy to share that over the past year, Nordost has been presented with awards from publications spanning the hifi industry!   

As a company, Nordost strives to provide hifi enthusiasts with the means to bring life into an audio system in order to truly enjoy music as it was intended. We take a lot of pride in the audio cables, power products, and audio enhancers that we produce, so we are always honored to be recognized by reviewers, industry leaders, and prominent publications for our work. We thought that you might like to celebrate with us!


Hi-Fi Choice Recommended

Hi-Fi+ – Winner 2022 – Digital Component: Network Switch – QNET

“Thanks to Nordost QNET, network audio just took a leap forward in listenability.” – Alan Sircom, Hi-Fi+


StereoNet-Heimdall 2 Tonearm -2022

StereoNet – Applause Award / Product of the Year ’22 – Heimdall 2 Tonearm Cable +

“[The Heimdall 2 Tonearm Cable +] should be top of your audition list when next shopping for an upgrade for your high-end vinyl system.” – Jay Garrett, StereoNET 


Blue Heaven Analog Interconnect review - 2022

Hi-Fi Choice – Hi-Fi Choice Recommended – Blue Heaven Interconnect 

“This interconnect offers superb detail, a full soundstage and really refined performances … ★★★★★” – Neville Roberts, Hi-Fi Choice


Audiophilia Review - Nordost Frey 2 Speaker Cables, Interconnects, and Power Cables

Audiophilia – Star Component – Valhalla 2 Ethernet Cable

“My time with all the Valhalla 2 cables was musically intensive, instructive and, at times, mind blowing from their wonderful effect on my system.” – Anthony Kershaw, Audiophilia


theAbsoluteSound-EditorsChoice-2020

The Absolute Sound – 2022 Editors’ Choice Awards – PURPLE FLARE / HEIMDALL 2 USB / FREY 2 / TYR 2 / VALHALLA 2 / ODIN 2 / QKORE

“…transformative. That is perhaps the ultimate thing I can say about any experience. It takes us to another place, another level of understanding—and, in this case, another level of longterm musical pleasure.” – Wayne Garcia, The Absolute Sound


Enjoy The Music Award

Enjoy the music.com – Great Audiophile Gift 2022 – QVIBE (QV2)

“In the familiar surroundings of my own listening room it was easy to hear the difference it makes. …an affordable introduction to the benefits of improved power for your rig. ” – Rick Becker, Enjoy the Music.com


Mono & Stereo – Best Buy Award – Valhalla 2 Ethernet Cable

“Nordost Valhalla V2 Ethernet offered a different, clearer, and more focused imagery, sounding less like a mechanical pulsating narrative and more like a tenacious non embellished sonic momentum.” – Matej Isak, Mono & Stereo

Positive Feedback Reviews the QNET Network Switch

We are pleased to share yet another great QNET review, published last month by Positive Feedback. Marshall Nack, who has been working his way through the Nordost QRT product line, couldn’t wait to get his hands on our new ethernet switch. In his review, Marshall almost couldn’t believe the impact that the QNET had on his system, “…it was clearly a move forward with small improvements across the board, and one major shift. The transformation of soundstage depth was extraordinary, as flat space became deep. The impression of 3D was so great it caused me to question, could this could be an artifact?”. However, after listening to track after track, he was assured that it was not an artifact at all, just clear improvement.

“When Nordost released their QNET Ethernet Switch, I was immediately interested. I suspected it would impact the sound in similar ways as their QSOURCE Linear Power Supply, and heard it do exactly that. Both components are particularly good at resolving atmosphere, low-level detail, and timbral finesse. The QNET is amazing at reproducing space and dimension…using them in tandem brings you better sound. ” – Marshall Nack, Positive Feedback

You can now see Marshall’s QNET Review on the Reviews Page of the Nordost website, or read it in its entirety here: Nordost QNET Ethernet Switch