Our product specialists receive questions on a daily basis about Nordost products, their application, and hifi in general. We thought that we would take a minute to share some of our most recent and frequently asked questions here so that everyone can get the answers they are looking for!
I know there are a lot of fake cables on the market, do you have some guidelines for how to identify fakes?
The only way to make sure that your cables aren’t fake is to purchase from an authorized Nordost dealer. Many Nordost dealers offer trade in programs and may offer second-hand cables for sale.
What are Nordost’s thoughts on bi-wiring speaker cables?
We at Nordost feel the best way to wire for bi-wire is with two pairs of identical length speaker cables. If you can’t do that, use one speaker cable in a shotgun configuration paired with high quality bi-wire jumpers.
What’s the difference between Qv2 and Qk1, and should Qv2s be replaced by Qk1s or can they be used together?
The Qk1 and Qv2 work wonderfully together and their effects are cumulative. The Qv2 increases the quality of the AC signal by injecting certain mid and lower harmonic frequencies into the gaps of the AC signal that have been taken away by noise. At the same time it lowers mid-range and bass frequencies, providing a more open, airy soundstage with greater depth and focus.
The Qk1 focuses on the upper mid-range and high frequencies, providing pinpoint precision to the soundstage, with a more natural/organic timbre. Voices and instruments have better clarity and snap and attack in micro and macro details.
Is it better to run dedicated AC lines or to use a power distributor in your listening room?
It would be best to run a single dedicated 20 Amp line to feed your power distribution. Dedicated lines are great, but as soon as you connect your electronics with interconnects they are no longer “dedicated”. The interconnects can form harmful ground loops and our QRT Qb8 stops this from happening.