Nordost Tonearm Cable + Announced
Nordost has announced the addition of the Tonearm Cable + through its ranges for improved performance from your turntable.
Nordost Tonearm Cable + has been launched to help you get even more of those precious, untainted signals from your pick-up cartridge to your amplifier.
Naturally, Nordost has invested plenty of R&D time to produce purpose-built, low-capacitance cables that protect against signal loss and image smearing. However, it's not just cable construction, but also grounding that requires attention.
Nordost Tonearm Cable + Design
Following the release of the Nordost Valhalla 2 Tonearm Cable + at High End Munich 2019, the first of the company's cables to sport this unique construction and grounding technology, Nordost has introduced the same advances to the rest of its tonearm line - Blue Heaven, Heimdall 2, Frey 2, and Tyr 2 ranges.
Each new handmade in the USA Tonearm Cable + uses four, silver-plated, solid-core OFC conductors which are 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, according to the company.
Then, a separately shielded, silver-plated Bond Ground Wire, wrapped in Micro Mono-Filament, is incorporated into the construction to enhance performance and minimise the noise level, so says Nordost.
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.
Also, a sigh of relief can safely be breathed as the standard Blue Heaven tonearm cable will remain available for £370.
Tonearm Cable + models have the following suggested UK retail prices for the standard 1.25m:
- The Blue Heaven Tonearm Cable + is £550.
- The Heimdall 2 Tonearm Cable + is £740.
- The Frey 2 Tonearm Cable + is £1290
- The Tyr 2 Tonearm Cable + is £2540
- The Valhalla 2 Tonearm Cable + is £4470
You can select to have your Tonearm Cable + terminated with straight or 90° low-mass MoonGlo 5-pin Din, RCA, or XLR. All ground whips and bond wires are terminated with gold-plated 5mm spades.
For more information, head to Nordost.
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