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Nordost’s Revolutionary Redesign – Tonearm Cable +

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.
Jay Luong

Mr. Audio Bacon himself. An open-minded electrical engineer and software developer by trade. I have an obsession with the enjoyment of all things media - specifically in the realm of music and film. So much heart and soul (and money) go into the creation of this artistry. My aim is to find out which products get me closer to what the musicians and directors intended.

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