NORDOST

SORAsound is pleased to be representing Nordost Cables. Aside from Nordost, we carry XLO,IsoTek, IsoClean, and 47 Lab cables. Hans Henrik Moerch of Moerch tonearms makes some very good phono cables. Hans Kortenbach of musical affairs makes some great handmade speaker cables. We also have some “informal” relationships with certain very high quality cable manufacturers who accommodate our customers when needed. all said and done, Nordost Valhalla is our flagship cable.

Nordost has a great range of products that even include a power conditioner. There are a few levels of products at various price points. Each horizontal line of products include all cables for your need. For serious customers, we consider a home trial.

To me, best cables do not introduce a character of their own. They just let the music be. Also in all honesty, I do not like thick hard cables. I find them a bit obnoxious. I do not want to hear cables, and as much as possible, I do not want to see them either. Finally, I do not like to pay much for cables. Nordost easily meets my first two criteria. Nordost entry level cables are pretty affordable. Valhalla which happens to be my favorite is not inexpensive by any stretch of imagination but I am certainly used to pay for quality.

SORAsound is authorized dealer for the following brands of nordost cables:

Below please find a series of quotes from reviewers as well as the specifications of certain Nordost Tyr and Valhalla cables.

Regarding Valhalla reference analog cables, please see the quotes below:

“Special. Very special indeed… I was genuinely impressed by the SPMs, feeling that they established new standards in many important areas. The Valhallas have just rendered them obsolete as any sort of reference. ‘Tis ruined that I am.”

Roy Gregory, Hi-Fi + Issue 9

“These are sensational cables, and you’ll love what they’ll do for your system. The Valhallas get my very highest, most unconditional recommendation.”

Brian Damkroger, Stereophile

Regarding Tyr reference analog cables:

“Detail, focus, dimensionality, transparency, dynamic expression and subtlety all improved significantly. Detail was better integrated into individual instrumental shapes, instruments into a more coherent and palpably believable soundstage and acoustic space. But the real kicker was the improvement in pace and flow and as a result, musical expression.”

Roy Gregory, Hi Fi+ Issue 47.

Regarding Valhalla reference digital cable:

“Detail, focus, dimensionality, transparency, dynamic expression and subtlety all improved significantly. Detail was better integrated into individual instrumental shapes, instruments into a more coherent and palpably believable soundstage and acoustic space. But the real kicker was the improvement in pace and flow and as a result, musical expression.”

Roy Gregory, Hi Fi+ Issue 47.

In summary:

“A fully wired Valhalla system delivers phenomenal musical presence and purpose. Instruments and singers are solid, palpable contributors to a single, coherent whole. What they deliver and when they deliver it is never in question, absolutely defining the relationships within a piece – or even between left and right hand.”

Roy Gregory, Hi Fi+ Issue 28

Table below shows Valhalla speaker cable specifications but who cares about that? listening is believing. the sound coming out of these cables is neutral, fast, and realistic.

VALHALLA SPEAKER CABLE SPECIFICATIONS
INSULATION: High purity class 1 extruded FEP
CONDUCTOR: 40 x optimized diameter in micro mono-filament construction
MATERIAL: 78 microns of extruded silver over 99.999999% OFC solid core
CAPACITANCE: 11.8pF/ft
INDUCTANCE: 9.6uH/ft
DC RESISTANCE: 2.6ohms/1000ft (304M)
PROPAGATION DELAY: 96% speed of light
DIMENSIONS: 55mm (2 1/8”) wide and 1.0mm (0.039”) thick
VALHALLA REFERENCE ANALOG INTERCONNECT SPECIFICATIONS
INSULATION: High purity class 1 extruded FEP
CONDUCTORS: 8 x 24 AWG solid core
MATERIAL: 78 microns of extruded silver over 99.999999% OFC solid-core.
CAPACITANCE: 22.0pF/ft
DIELECTRIC CONSTANT: 1.38
PROPAGATION DELAY: 87% speed of light
DIMENSIONS: 8mm (1/4”) diameter
VALHALLA REFERENCE DIGITAL INTERCONNECT SPECIFICATIONS
INSULATION: FEP
CONSTRUCTION: Dual Micro Mono-Filament
CONDUCTORS: 78 microns of extruded silver over a 99.999999% OFC solid-core
CAPACITANCE: 75 Ohm: 15.3pF/ft, 110 Ohm: 10.5pF/ft
IMPEDANCE: 75 Ohm RCA/BNC, 110 Ohm AES/EBU
PROPAGATION DELAY: 88% speed of light
VALHALLA REFERENCE POWER CABLE SPECIFICATIONS
CONSTRUCTION: Precision dual micro mono-filament
INSULATION: FEP
CONDUCTORS: 7 x 16 AWG
MATERIAL: 70 microns of Silver extruded over 99.999999% OFC solid cores
CONNECTORS: Gold-plated IEC Wall plugs: US/UK/EUR
PROPAGATION DELAY: 91% Speed of light
POWER RATING: 60 Amp
CAPACITANCE: 8pF/ft
DC RESISTANCE: 1.3 Ohms per 1000ft/304M as terminated
TYRE SPEAKER CABLE SPECIFICATIONS
INSULATION: High purity class 1 extruded FEP
CONDUCTOR: 20 x optimized diameter micro mono-filament construction
MATERIAL: 60 microns of extruded silver over 99.9999% OFC
CAPACITANCE: 11.0pF/ft
INDUCTANCE: 0.11uH/ft
PROPAGATION DELAY: 92% speed of light
TYR REFERENCE ANALOG INTERCONNECT SPECIFICATIONS
INSULATION: Fluorinated Ethylene Propylene (FEP)
CONSTRUCTION: Precision Dual Mono-Filament design
CONDUCTORS: 4 x 22 AWG solid core
MATERIAL: 60 microns of extruded silver over 99.9999% OFC
CAPACITANCE: 25.0pF/ft
INDUCTANCE: 0.63µH/ft
PROPAGATION: 80% speed of light
OVERALL SHIELD: 97% Braid