"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. "
Fort Mill, SC USA
"This may sound cliché, but I’ll never forget the first time I heard an audio system fully optimized with Nordost products. It was my first visit to Liquid Hifi. I was auditioning a few integrated amplifiers and the owner, Ron, queued up the first track of the recent Mark Knopfler release, Tracker. Music poured out of the speakers from complete silence. The space between notes stood out and added to the timing of the music. The bass was more powerful and controlled than I was expecting. Mark’s vocal was natural and saturated. I was intrigued.
Ron explained to me that the Nordost cables and accessories were a major contributor to what I was hearing. Shortly after, Ron came to my house and let me hear what Nordost products could do for my system. I was pretty blown away and purchased a full Nordost Frey 2 loom with power and grounding products. Now every time I listen to music in my own home I get that same quiet background and natural sound that caught me off guard in Ron’s showroom. That’s what pulls me into my stereo room to enjoy music every day. To me, Nordost made THE difference. "
"I just feel the urge to put pen to paper and to tell you of my listening experience after receiving the Heimdall 2 power cord, which by the way I found it comes in a very nice attractive box. Right away I connected it to my Pathos amplifier and immediately heard improvement in the bass, sound staging and a smoothness in the midrange and in the treble. But lo and behold, after a little more than a week playing my system the sound took a whole new dimension which took me by surprise and what a revelation! The bass just got better in terms of bass weight and impact but at the same time it was very taut and tuneful, the midrange was very immediate, full of texture and colour and a delicious top end that has sparkle and clarity and I was hearing details that I did not hear before on my favourite CDs. My head is still reeling from this experience and now I understand all the hype about your cables. It has totally transformed my HiFi system from being just good to an amazing one!! Can't thank you enough for making such super sounding extraordinary cables. Worth every penny! "
"I am an avid home cinema and audio enthusiast. I have tried many types of cables over the years, large commercial brands, generic brands, and boutique brands. I largely used another big name company’s products, since they were easily accessible in my area, always wanting to try Nordost. A recent amplifier purchase found me at a Nordost dealer a drive away—I could not resist the rare opportunity to try Nordost cables in my system. I figured I would start with a Blue Heaven Power Cable for this amplifier, and it did not disappoint. I have used that same amp with cables costing 10x to 60x more, and they did not have nearly the impact as this Blue Heaven cable did. In fact, the performance immediately drove me to purchase more Nordost Blue Heaven cables. I now have speaker, HDMI, digital and multiple power cables. My streaming system has Purple Flare Power Cables and Blue Heaven Digital Cables. How is it possible that cables in these price points can outshine reference products from another company I asked myself? Needless to say, I have converted most of my cables to Nordost and am working on the remainder. I am extremely pleased with the performance and am now left wanting more, always wondering what I am missing by not moving deeper into the product line. I will not use anything but Nordost moving forward, and look forward to expanding my cable investment in the near future. Even if I need to make a four-hour-long round trip to get them! Hopefully, I will soon be into the Frey 2 or Valhalla 2 product offerings. Potentially upgrading some of the Blue Heaven cables in the system now. "
"Originally, I was of the thought that cables would not make much of a difference in an audio system, most notably power cables. My spouse and I attended a demonstration at our local audio store (where we had purchased the rest of the pieces for our system), and we were absolutely astonished at the difference we were hearing.
Needless to say, we upgraded our power cables shortly afterward. Probably the best way to put it was that our system had "woken up" and was brought to life in a way that we had not heard before. Crisper, more detailed highs, cleaner bass response...we are very pleased.
We currently are using three Nordost Red Dawn AC Power Cords, and three Nordost Heimdall 2 AC Power Cords on our system, and are in the process of working our way through the rest of the system. "
Burien, WA USA
"I must say I was never a "high end" cable believer. I set up my new system (all tube) first with cheap cables, then replaced them with the Nordost cables (power, all interconnects, speaker) and WOW, what a difference. I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't heard it for myself. Truly amazing. Even my wife was shocked at the difference. Keep up the great work! "
STEVE AND ANNE
Alexandria, VA USA
"Upgrading our interconnects and speaker cables to Nordost Valhalla 2 was one of the most significant upgrades we have made to our system. When we first inserted a demo pair of Valhalla 2 speaker cables that we borrowed from our dealer into our system, we immediately noticed the increase in clarity and temporal resolution. These attributes have enhanced our listening experience. Imaging is more precise with improved separation between instruments. We have also noticed improved bass dynamics and tonality. We highly recommend these cables and Nordost’s break-in service. "
Omaha, NE USA
"Music is one of my life's greatest enjoyments and Nordost has played a major part in it.
My Nordost journey began at the RMAF Show in Denver, CO after seeing Mike Marko’s phenomenal Nordost cable presentation with The Sound Environment assisting. This became a game changer for me and I knew at that time, that Nordost was for me.
My first demo, a Purple Flare Power Cord plugged into a 4K Apple TV using an LG OLED TV, produced unexpected, yet amazing results. The power cord significantly improved the video and sound quality. With that, it was clear that Nordost transforms your audio/video experience into one that is so immersive, it draws you into the music and film.
I've since added Heimdall 2 Power Cords, three Blue Heaven HDMIs, and a QB8 MKII with two QV2s. This resulted in greater color saturation, deeper black levels, and improved contrast levels. Image clarity, depth, and texture also showed improvement. With the Heimdall 2 Speaker Cables, audio showed improvement in dynamics, a wider and deeper sound stage, and greater transparency and separation.
Each new addition of Nordost equipment has bestowed incremental, yet significant upgrades to the video and sound. What more could you ask for? Listening to music or watching movies with family and friends and hearing them say “WOW!”... It doesn’t get much better than that! "
Charlotte, NC USA
"Cables can either elevate or denigrate a system’s sonic performance. When I tried my first Nordost cable, a Tyr 2 Speaker Cable, I was astonished at how the sonic presentation was improved. It brought across better definition and clarity, better dynamics and impact, and a lower more powerful bass.
What I see in Nordost cables is an exceptionally fast product that remains true to the musical signal. They are incredibly revealing of transient detail, and in no way hinder future upgrades. Nordost products come as close as any cable product I have tried in accomplishing what every cable should be trying to do – not change the signal in any way. "
Yonkers, NY USA
"Since my introduction to computer audio, starting with the purchase of equipment, software players, cables, digital music downloads, and the addition of several thousands of CD disk conversions to AIFF 44.1/16 to create a digital music library, I reached this awareness early on: "The Music’s the thing; the equipment seduces."
Just last year, I began replacing the cables in my system, which were each worth several thousands of dollars, with Nordost’s Heimdall 2. I knew almost instantaneously there was a difference. Different good? Different bad? Actually neither. It was not only what I heard that validated my awareness, but it was also how I felt about what I heard. To use a video metaphor, with just two Heimdall 2 what was 3D before was now 3D in 5K. Consequently, I went about replacing all my cabling and reassembling my system with only Nordost. The sonic quality I discern is palpable. Another dimension of enjoyment touched with medicine, magic, and miracles. That translates into submodalities of auditory characteristics related to clarity, texture and density of the recorded sound, singularity of instrument voicing, accurate presence of the artist through stage location, technique, and musicality attended by a kinesthetic felt by the listener, resulting in a synesthesia such that the artist or group is in the room, or that one is in their room. An aliveness. I was seduced. "
"WARNING Don’t read this, and definitely never ever go to a Nordost demonstration!!!!
About five years ago I started on my journey with Nordost, being a true skeptic! Yeah, right, the more expensive the cable the better….
Now, five years on, I’m a total convert. Through trial and error, I wrestled my way from speaker cables—Red Dawn to Heimdall 2 to Tyr 2. And then the next barrier of skepticism: Power cords. Yeah, right again—electrickery is electrickery. No again! Also a discovery tour to Heimdall 2 and Tyr 2. USB cord for the beamer: […..]. Consecutively QBASE-Mark II. Then, finally QV2 and QKORE1. Thingies going from nowhere to nowhere, passive. And that should have an effect?!? And again: yes.
Summarizing: A journey into more and more detail, crisp, precision, quietness, speed, etc. And I’m afraid I haven’t seen the end yet! Oh, I forgot...Sort Kones under my turntable! Thought it would be a joke, but again— the silence! "
Laguna Beach, CA USA
"Just purchased my dream system! JBL L100, Technics GU700 and Technics SL1200GR turntable. Was never sure about buying expensive cables but decided to make the investment in Nordost SuperFlatline speaker cables and Blue Heaven Tonearm cables. What a difference! I was getting hum in the Phono setting and once I added the second ground to the amp side - complete silence! Worth every bit of the $800 I invested in your products! "