Audiophilia and Mono & Stereo review the Valhalla 2 Ethernet Cable

We have recently received two great reviews on our Reference-level, Valhalla 2 Ethernet Cable. The reviewers, Matej Isak from Mono & Stereo and Anthony Kershaw from Audiophilia, were so impressed with this transformative digital cable that BOTH publications presented our Ethernet Cable with awards— the Mono & Stereo Best Buy Award and the Audiophilia Star Component award! Here is what they had to say about this very decorated 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 

“My time with all the Valhalla 2 cables was musically intensive, instructive and, at times, mind blowing from their wonderful effect on my system. A glorious set, echoed in the marvelous Nordost Valhalla 2 Ethernet Cable. If you have a musical, revealing setup with room and system synergy in place, I dare you to hear them in your system. Very highly recommended.” – Anthony Kershaw, Audiophilia

If you would like to read these reviews in their entirety, you can do so here: 

Audiophilia Valhalla 2 Ethernet review

Mono & Stereo Valhalla 2 Ethernet review

Or, you can find these reviews and many more on the Reviews Page of the Nordost website. 

Hi-Fi+ Reviews the Odin 2 Tonearm Cable +

With so many hifi solutions out there, it’s important to stand out. Historically, this has never been a problem for our Odin 2 Cables, and it looks like we still don’t have anything to worry about! Alan Sircom’s review of our newest Supreme Reference cable, the Odin 2 Tonearm Cable + is here and he was quite clear in his opinion when he wrote, “this is the best damn cable to hook a turntable to a phono stage. Ever”. 

We couldn’t say it better ourselves!

Throughout his time auditioning this stellar tonearm lead, Alan was taken with the detail, dynamics and bass articulation that our Odin 2 Tonearm Cable + brought to his system, saying:

“By rights, this veteran format should have long since faded from view, but Odin 2 Tonearm Cable + reminds us why that simply never happens, because despite its on-paper inferiority to digital, when listening to an album now, it has a sense of dynamic shading and time-sensitivity that makes all digital seem a lifeless affair. There is verve and lust for musical life in those grooves, and Odin 2 Tonearm Cable + will dig it out!”

You can read Alan’s review of our flagship tonearm cable here: Nordost Odin 2 Tonearm Cable +.


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


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.


Positive Feedback reviews the QSOURCE Linear Power Supply

We’re delighted to share a recent review which is especially helpful, since it looks at the QSOURCE as a product in its own right, and not just as an upgrade for the QPOINT (or QNET for that matter)!

In his review, Marshall Nack from Positive Feedback, describes the improvements in imaging, soundstaging, and presence that he experienced when connecting the QSOURCE to his network switch. He was impressed that the QSOURCE was able to “couple deep resolution, transparency, and relaxation”.  

“To introduce intangibles like atmosphere and timbral finesse, along with tangibles like deep resolution and transparency out to the corners, you might consider the Nordost QSOURCE… the level of refinement the QSOURCE LPS brought exceeded my expectations; my quest for a Hi-End LPS ends here.” – Marshall Nack, Positive Feedback

You can read Positive Feedback’s review in its entirety here: Nordost QSOURCE Linear Power Supply. Or, you can find this review and more great Nordost reviews on our Reviews Page.

Positive Feedback Reviews the Premium QKORE Wire

Even though it’s a new year, we still have some great reviews to share with you from 2021! This articles spends some time on an often overlooked, but important upgrade. Marshall Nack takes readers through the process of trading up their QKOREs by swapping out our original QKORE Wire for the Premium QKORE Wire. According to Nack, the improvements were immediate and impressive. 

“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.” – Marshall Nack, Positive Feedback.

You can read Positive Feedback’s review in its entirety here: Nordost Premium QKORE Wire

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

Nordost 2021 Awards

As another crazy year comes to a close, we can’t help but celebrate the success that we have enjoyed throughout 2021. We are very happy to share that over the past year, Nordost has been presented with awards from publications spanning the hifi industry in categories that include Best Products, Most Recommended, Star Components, Innovation Awards, and more!   

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!


STEREONET APPLAUSE AWARD / STEREONET PRODUCT OF THE YEAR AWARD 2021:  BLUE HEAVEN ANALOG INTERCONNECT

“The Blue Heaven certainly lives up to its manufacturer’s claims of offering accurate signal transfer at a relatively affordable price… with especially impressive detail and sound staging. Value-wise it punches well above its weight, so it is well worth auditioning.” – StereoNET


HI-FI CHOICE RECOMMENDEDNORSE 2 BI-WIRE JUMPERS

“The Norse 2 [Bi-Wire Jumper]…matches its task very well, offering all the refinement you would expect from a set of high-end cables and so is a sensible upgrade to the metal links fitted to so many speakers.” – Hi-Fi Choice


AUDIOPHILIA STAR COMPONENT / AUDIOPHILIA PRODUCT OF THE YEAR 2021: VALHALLA 2

“The timing, transparency and resolution of the cables are astounding. So, while everything in the orchestra is laid clearly before you, the sheen and tactile effects from the V2’s design, construction and materials make every musical choice a delicious event. This is playback way beyond technique.” – Audiophilia


HI-FI+ SOUND INNOVATION AWARD:  NORDOST

“For the last 30 years, Nordost has been at the zenith of cable design and development, and throughout that time it has stayed true to its core; producing low-mass cables with optimal signal transfer speed and ideal impedance matching.” – Hi-Fi+

HI-FI+ COST NO OBJECT DIGITAL CABLE OF THE YEARVALHALLA 2 ETHERNET CABLE

“A palpable triumph in digital audio sound reproduction.” – Hi-Fi+


THE ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITORS’ CHOICE AWARD:  PURPLE FLARE / HEIMDALL 2 USB / FREY 2 / TYR 2 / VALHALLA 2 / ODIN 2 / QKORE

“So, transparency, precision, purity, depth, texture, openness, expansiveness… Nordost’s Tyr 2 loom brings all of this and more to the listening experience. Yet as I wrap up these thoughts another word now pops to mind that perhaps best sums up my analogy between wine and audio: transformative.” – StereoNET


AUDIOKEY REVIEWS HIGH NINE AWARDSORT KONES

“The Nordost AC SORT KONES are far more than a tweak, and that to even consider them tweaks denies their stunning music-freeing abilities. ” – AudioKey Reviews

StereoNET Reviews the Blue Heaven Tonearm Cable +

The spotlight continued to shine on our Blue Heaven range last month, thanks to a new StereoNET review on the Blue Heaven Tonearm Cable +. In his article, Jay Garrett used our entry-level tonearm cable between the VPI Prime and YBA PH1 phono stage, working his way through the different grounding options possible with this versatile cable. Once he found the optimal grounding solution for his system, Jay found a BIG payoff and was able to get much “more than usual when playing LPs…”  

“Right from the off, this Blue Heaven tonearm cable proved an improvement over the original. It produced an even more musical, engaging and detailed soundscape, no doubt in part due to the lower noise floor, which encourages you to turn the music up, as well as making listening at lower volumes much more rewarding.” – Jay Garrett, StereoNET

You can read StereoNET’s review in its entirety here: Nordost Blue Heaven Tonearm Cable + Review

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


StereoNET Reviews the Blue Heaven Analog Interconnect

We have a new review for you this month, and this time it’s all about the Blue Heaven Interconnect! StereoNET reviewer, Neville Roberts, got a chance to see what so many of our customers already know about one of our best-selling cables. Roberts had nothing but good things to say about the cable and what it did for his system’s performance. He found it both balanced and dynamic, was taken by the resulting changes in sound staging it was responsible for, and was completely impressed with its impact on vocals. In fact, he was so impressed that the Blue Heaven Interconnect received the StereoNET Applause Award!

“The Blue Heaven certainly lives up to its manufacturer’s claims of offering accurate signal transfer…with especially impressive detail and sound staging. Value-wise it punches well above its weight…” – Neville Roberts.

You can read StereoNET’s Blue Heaven Interconnect review in its entirety HERE. And, as always, you can find more great reviews on the Reviews Page of the Nordost website. 

Hi-Fi+ Reviews the Valhalla 2 Ethernet Cable

We are happy to share a new Ethernet cable review! This Valhalla 2 Ethernet Cable review, written by Andrew Harrison, was published in the September issue of Hi-Fi+. Not only does this in-depth review explore the construction of our Reference Ethernet cable, it speaks to the audible differences that cable lengths make!

For Harrison, the V2 Ethernet Cable transformed his system, allowing him to experience tighter, more controlled bass, improved top-end detail, lower noise floor, and a more natural performance from his listening sessions. In the conclusion of his article, Harrison states, “…this is a network cable that’s not just a bit sonically different, it’s a palpable triumph in digital audio sound reproduction.”

You can read Hi-Fi+’s Valhalla 2 Ethernet Cable review in its entirety, along with many other fantastic write-ups on the Reviews page of the Nordost website.  

Audiophilia Reviews Valhalla 2

We are thrilled to share a fabulous review which was published this month on Audiophilia.com. Anthony Kershaw evaluated our Valhalla 2 range, and was so impressed with our reference cables that he dubbed the range one of Audiophilia’s Star Components! Here’s a taste of what Anthony had to say:

“The cables allowed laser-like focus of the multi layers to play exactly as the engineers and performers envisioned. So, every effect the young Stravinsky brought to his orchestration…is heard clearly, but, most of all, musically. As such, the timing, transparency and resolution of the cables are astounding. So, while everything in the orchestra is laid clearly before you, the sheen and tactile effects from the V2’s design, construction and materials make every musical choice a delicious event. This is playback way beyond technique.” – Audiophilia 

This glowing Valhalla 2 review is now available, in its entirety, on the Reviews page of the Nordost website.