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NORDOST VALHALLA 2 REFERENCE CABLES

…the timing, transparency and resolution of the cables are astounding. So, while everything in the orchestra is laid clearly before you, the sheen and tactile effects from the V2’s design, construction and materials make every musical choice a delicious event. This is playback way beyond technique.

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Publication: Audiophilia
Date: September 2021
Reviewer: Anthony Kershaw

NORDOST VALHALLA V2 TONEARM CABLE +

The V2+ tonearm cable follows the house V2 sound of exceptional transparency and stunning transient playback, without ever falling to the temptation of over-sharing the treble content. The midband and top are deliciously open and see-through, seamless and nearly organic in naturalness, while bass is . . .

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Publication: Hi-Fi+ 
Issue: 180
Reviewer: Andrew Harrison

NORDOST VALHALLA V2

Valhalla 2 cables bring an extraordinary upgrade, addictively communicating the essence of music. The essential speed and transparency of Valhalla has been preserved, but with a more dynamic and tonally authentic sound in V2. It’s more colourful where required, and . . .

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Publication: HIFICRITIC
Date: April | May | June 2019
Reviewer: Andrew Harrison

NORDOST SPEKTAKULÄRA SUPERKABLAR

Högtalarkablar lever farligt. De har ett rätt knivigt jobb jämfört med de lugna arbetsbetingelserna för lågnivåkablar med sina väl definierade impedanser och signalnivåer. Där kan signalöverföringen göras hyggligt förlustfri.  För högtalarkablarna är det precis tvärt om. Här är det mer som hela havet stormar med svajig högtalarimpedans . . .

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Publication: Hifi & Musik
Date: May 2017
Reviewer: Mats Meyer-Lie
Language: Svenska (Swedish)

THE NECESSARY LINK: NORDOST’S VALHALLA 2 USB CABLE

The digital-entertainment revolution has affected every sector of the consumer-electronics industry, including -- and in some ways especially -- high-end audio. Whereas a decade and a half ago every electronics manufacturer offered at least one product that spun a digital disc, now few of these disc players exist, and the ones that . . .

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Publication: The Audio Beat
Date: June 6, 2017
Reviewer: Marc Mickelson

NORDOST VALHALLA 2 CABLES REVIEW

The State of the Art Valhalla is the cable that turned the cable industry upside down in the year 2001. Unconventional in appearance as in performance, Valhalla set a new standard for many, and became my reference cable back in 2004. The key technology behind Valhalla is Micro Mono-Filament. By winding . . .

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Publication: NOVO
Date: December 16, 2016
Reviewer: Phil Gold

NORDOST VALHALLA 2 REFERENCE

It would be an understatement to say that in 2001, when Nordost introduced their original Valhalla cables, they were a revelation for me. Their focus and resolution of detail were like nothing I’d ever heard, and revealed in recorded performances a startling energy and realism. Throw in their seemingly absolute transparency, and . . .

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Publication: Stereophile
Date: July 2016
Reviewer: Brian Damkroger

A CLEAR ADVANTAGE — GOING UP THE RANGE WITH NORDOST

Other than fringy room treatments and other various bizarre system tweaks, nothing arouses more anger, controversy and naysaying than the thought of cable, especially premium audio cables. Those subscribing to the religion of ABX testing pretty much claim everything sounds the same and wire is . . .

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Publication: TONEAudio
Issue / Date: No.76 March 2016
Reviewer: TONE Staff

NORDOST VALHALLA 2 REFERENCE INTERCONNECT, SPEAKER CABLE, AND POWER CABLE: FAST, QUIET, CLEAR

Live music's pop, sizzle, and dynamism is what can make it so downright exciting, but speed is one of the most difficult things to capture in audio. Smaller speakers, par- ticularly mini-monitors, have it, and they can sound devastatingly convincing because of it. I still vividly remember hearing the hurricane gale of sound . . .

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Publication: The Absolute Sound
Date: July/August 2015
Reviewer: Jacob Heilbrunn

NORDOST VALHALLA 2 CABLE

Being affable gets your foot in the door. Being affable and having the goods to back up your story, that's a prime recipe for success. Nordost's Joe Reynolds is the latter lad; he has both—debonair swagger and an operation that has defined much of what high-end audio's cable business has defacto become. Yes, cables do make a difference—a very profound . . .

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Publication: Positive Feedback
Issue / Date: Issue 78 March-April 2015
Reviewer: Danny Kaey

NORDOST VALHALLA 2 - ÉVEILLER SES SENS

La musique découle des instruments et des musiciens qui la jouent tout autant que des équipements qui la reproduisent. Parmi ceux-ci se trouvent les câbles qui les relient et qui sont essentiels à son écoute. Plus que de simples accessoires, ce sont bel et bien des équipements impu- tables de la bonnes . . .

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Publication: Son & Image Magazine
Issue: Vol. 16 No. 1
Reviewer: Michel Leroux
Language: Français

NORDOST VALHALLA 2 CABLE SYSTEM

Nordost has put a lot of faith in mechanical tuning recently. The company discovered that a cable’s mechanical properties (including its physical length) are vital to in its sonic performance. The results of this investigation transformed the Leif and Norse 2 lines, but wait until you hear what it does to Valhalla!  If you set aside that mechanical tuning ethos, the difference . . .

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Publication: Hi-Fi+
Issue: Issue 112
Reviewer: Alan Sircom

NORDOST VALHALLA 2 INTERCONNECTS, SPEAKER CABLES, AND POWER CORDS

We audiophiles recognize them, even if no one else does: Sondek, WATT/Puppy, Nait, Giya -- some of the most prominent high- end audio product names. But when it comes to cables, there is a scarcity of similarly memorable names, save for one. Valhalla, Nordost’s once top-of-the-line cable line, has been around for an eternity in audiophile terms. It was introduced in . . .

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Publication: The Audio Beat
Date: May 12, 2014
Reviewer: Marc Mickelson

NORDOST VALHALLA 2

Equipment report from Audiotechnique, Hong Kong . . .

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Publication: Audiotechnique
Issue / Date: No.388 January 2014
Language: Chinese

FIRST SOUNDS: NORDOST VALHALLA 2

Nordost Valhalla has been a constant in my system since 2005. Other than some VPI Bricks and a VPI record-cleaning machine, nothing remains from the 20th century, and over that same time span everything from cartridge to speakers has come and gone several times over. That stands as reassuringly powerful testimony to just how successful the original Valhalla has . . .

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Publication: The Audio Beat
Date: January 6, 2014
Reviewer: Dennis Davis

THE NUMBERS GAME. NORDOST'S VALHALLA GOES DIGITAL

Ever since I’ve been using the Nordost Valhalla cables, my reference as regards digital signal transfer has been the Silver Shadow 75 Ohm lead. It’s pretty much the same colour, uses the same micro mono-filament technology and sounds better than anything else I’ve used – until now. Firm believers in offering a completely coherent cable system (and upset at the notion of their best customers slumming it with something from further . . .

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Publication: Hi-Fi+
Issue: Issue 19
Reviewer: Roy Gregory

NORDOST VALHALLA MONO-FILAMENT CABLES (2001 PRODUCT OF THE YEAR, 2001 EDITORS CHOICE

Nordost's SPM cables had already forced a serious reevaluation of the importance of the cable loom in system performance. But if we were already looking in the right direction we were totally unprepared for the shocking improvements offered by the Valhalla cables. Ruinously expensive (the more so because you can't mix and match them with other cables and expect anything . . .

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Publication: Hi-Fi+ 
Issue: Issue 19
Reviewer: Hi-Fi+ Editors Choice

NORDOST VALHALLA MONO-FILAMENT CABLES

Have you ever noticed how, when you listen to a live jazz group, you can always hear the slapped bass notes clear as a bell below the other instruments. They’re not as loud as the rest of the band, and nowhere near as penetrating as brass or piano, but they simply float, independent of what the other instruments are up to, working at their own level, giving the music their . . .

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Publication: Hi-Fi+ 
Date: 9 Jan/Feb 2001
Reviewer: Roy Gregory

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