Nordost QPoint, QSource, and Valhalla 2 Tonearm Cable +

No less than four new Nordost products received their first showing at Munich High End. The Valhalla 2 Tonearm Cable + ($5000), due by early June, is a monofilament design that contains four silver-plated solid-core copper conductors, in a twisted-pair arrangement that creates a left and right channel, each individually wrapped in a silver braided shield to eliminate crosstalk. This cable comes with two detachable silver-plated ground whips designed to enhance grounding and eliminate hum.

Due by the end of June, the round Nordost QPoint ($750) is the first “Resonance Synchronizer” I’ve encountered. This device addresses resonances within components that, when oscillating concurrently but not in unison, produce electrical noise that smears sound. The QPoint generates what Nordost describes as a “subtle field” that affects electromechanical resonances within its immediate proximity, to cause them to vibrate in unison. Powered by a switch-mode power supply, the QPoint offers a choice of fields—users decide which is better. The upshot, according to Nordost, is a wider soundstage, increased detail and dynamics, enhanced coherency, and more.

I wish I could tell you what I experienced when the QPoint was switched in and out, but there were so many participants whispering behind me that I threw in the towel. Instead, I learned from Nordost’s Meredith Gabor that the next two products, expected the end of August, are the QSource Linear Power Supply ($2500), with DC outputs for six products: four for QPoints, and two for other devices.

Also due at the end of August is the QSource DC cable ($260/1m, with half meter increments an additional $50), a solid-core monofilament cable intended to connect QPoints and other devices to the QSource. Terminations are lemo on one side, and a choice of lemo, 2.1, and 2.5 on the other.

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