Review: Nordost "System", QB8, Qx4, Qv2 and Norse 2
Nordost… not much needs to be said about this cultbrand. Launched by affable Joe Reynolds back in 1991 (!), Nordost had become one of, if not the most respected brands of high performance Hi-Fi cables. Recently all cables have been upgraded to Version 2 (V2) status, prompting a delivery of the entire ensemble at casa K for review. Link to full review at Postive-Feedback Online is here, and a German version will be available at my other home away from home, Hifistatement shortly as well. Meanwhile, enjoy a few snippets and all the gorgeous hi-res images. Drool factor 4. A+++
Newsflash: Nordost Valhalla Series 2!
Review: Skogrand Air Cables
Swiss Nagra embraces your fantasizes of owning audio equipment styled like the cockpit of a Russian MiG fighter jet. Feminine tastes be damned, this stuff is rad. And it sounds great as well, or so was the opinion of everyone who heard the Nagra/Verity room.
Nagra is making a resurgence with a handful of components coming out of the ultra-expensive pro scene. That CD-C transport was the star of the room. The entire CD drive mechanism ejects from the transport and can, I'm told, support hundreds of pounds of pressure (but don't test it). The player also has a solid state line stage built in, as can be seen in the larger pics next page. Price for the Nagra CD-C is expected to be between $10k and $16k. On the very top is the Nagra V professional recorder.
Below, those barefoot-in-a-dark-room-nightmares on the floor are the $19,295 Nagra VPA monoblock amps using 845 tubes for 50 watts of juice. On the bottom of the rack is the $15,995 Nagra MPA solid state amp pumping out 250 watts which was playing when I was there. An integrated version of the MPA with remote is also available for $18, 995. In the middle of the rack is Audion's Quattro double box preamp which was used for most of the show.
All cabling was solid palladium wire by Silversmith. Prices are as follows:
Six foot speaker cables: $9800
Three foot interconnects: $4000
Dixie cup cable elevators: Priceless
Keep reading for some of the coolest photos from the show.
Crystal Cable Sleeps Around
Cables get no love. At the recent Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, Crystal Cable tricked out many, many audio systems, becoming the most popular cable used by the loudspeaker and equipment manufacturers in attendance. A pretty big accomplishment one would think is news worthy, right? But, no, like an easy lay, Crystal didn't even get a "thank you" in the morning from the established audio press. Shame on you.
Ever-sensitive, 6Moons spends some deserved cuddle time with Crystal. And being a softy myself, here's a rundown on some of the sickest cables in all of audio. Go to the next page for a link torrent and why Crystal Cable should be on your short list if the thought of auditioning cables makes you physically ill.
Silversmith Palladium Cables
Yes, you read that correctly: palladium cables. Not silver, gold or platinum. Palladium. And they cost $4000 a meter for the interconnects and $9800 for 2 meters of speaker cable. But the real question is if these are God's-own cables and, according to the Positive Feedback review, they are not. They do some things very nice, as they should, but it strikes me better performance could be had elsewhere.
Siltech SQ-110 and LS-188 Classic Cables Review
SoundStage reviews the Siltech SQ-110 Classic Mk 2 Interconnects and LS-188 Classic Mk 2 Speaker Cables and proclaims:
"You can find interconnects and speaker cables that have greater high-frequency brilliance, and there are cables that portray images with slightly more heft and fullness. But the balance of Classic Mk 2 can make such traits sound like aberrations to various degrees."
Meaning, you have to be very careful when matching equipment to these cables (or the other way around). When everything works well, the cables are awesome. Of course, at $2600/meter for the interconnects and $5800 for 2.5 meter pair of speaker cables, they should be damn good.