December 2019: The tonearm cable is the most critical and sensitive cable in any vinyl-sourced HiFi system. The delicate signals generated by pick-up cartridges in these systems demand purpose-built, low-capacitance cables, in order to protect from signal loss and image smearing.
However, in order to get the most from a tonearm cable, proper attention must be paid not only to cable construction but to grounding as well. Nordost took all of these factors into consideration when releasing the new Valhalla 2 Tonearm Cable + at High End in Munich 2019. Thanks to its unique construction and grounding technology, the V2 Tonearm Cable + was a vast improvement over all other tonearm cables on the market.
Now, Nordost is excited to introduce the same advances that have made the V2 such a resounding success to the rest of their tonearm line, by integrating the Tonearm Cable + into their Blue
Heaven, Heimdall 2, Frey 2, and Tyr 2 ranges. Each new Tonearm Cable + uses four, silver-plated, solid-core OFC conductors, arranged in a twisted pair design to create a left and right channel.
The tonearm cables in the Norse range are wrapped in Nordost’s patented Micro or Dual Mono-Filament before both channels are individually wrapped in a silver, braided shield, to eliminate inter-channel cross-talk. A separately shielded, silver-plated Bond Ground Wire, wrapped in Micro Mono-Filament, is then incorporated into the construction in order to enhance performance and minimize the noise level.
To further eliminate noise, Nordost provides two Detachable Ground Wires with every Tonearm Cable +. These silver-plated ground wires, complete with Micro Mono-Filament technology, connect to the shield of the cable, serving as additional ground loop prevention when needed. No matter the unique construction of components in a system, the Tonearm Cable + has a comprehensive grounding solution.
Each Tonearm Cable + is available with straight or 90° low-mass MoonGlo® 5-pin Din, RCA, or XLR terminations. All ground whips and bond wires are terminated with gold-plated 5mm spades. Like all Nordost cables, the Blue Heaven, Heimdall 2, Frey 2, and Tyr 2 Tonearm Cable + are handmade in the USA, ensuring a superior level of production quality and precision– all necessary requirements when manufacturing the most crucial signal cables in a sound system.
Tonearm Cable + models have the following suggested retail prices:
- The Blue Heaven Tonearm Cable + is set at $599.99 USD for a 1.25-meter length. Additional half-meter increments are $90.00 USD.
- The Heimdall 2 Tonearm Cable + is set at $799.99 USD for a 1.25-meter length. Additional half-meter increments are $110.00 USD.
- The Frey 2 Tonearm Cable + is set at $1,399.99 USD
- for a 1.25 meter length. Additional half-meter increments are $150.00 USD.
- The Tyr 2 Tonearm Cable + is set at $2,749.99 USD for a 1.25 meter length. Additional half-meter increments are $300.00 USD.