Dig­i­tal In­ter­con­nect:

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The Heim­dall 2 Dig­i­tal coax­ial in­ter­con­nect cable also in­cor­po­rates the stan­dard Norse 2 fea­tures (i.e. Mi­cro Mono-Fil­a­ment FEP Con­struc­tion & solid-core, 99.99999% OFC with 60 m sil­ver-plat- ing) with the fol­low­ing spec­i­fi­ca­tions: 20 AWG, 75 Ohm im­pen­dence and sig­nal prop­a­ga­tion of 88% the speed of light. Con­nec­tors are high-qual­ity gold-plated Neu­trik BNC/RCA.

I in­serted the 1.5m Heim­dall 2 Dig­i­tal in­ter­con­nect be­tween my Squeeze­box Touch player and ADL Esprit DAC. Re­plac­ing my DH Labs cable with the Heim­dall 2 re­sulted in ad­di­tional warmth and smooth­ness. The tre­ble no longer seemed high­lighted, while los­ing noth­ing in ex­ten­sion and de­tail. The flow of the mu­sic was en­hanced, pro­vid­ing more gen­uine­ness. Shelby’s voice too gained a share of this warmth and smooth­ness but also sounded more di­men­sional, more em­bod­ied. I was also able to per­ceive more tex­ture and har­monic right­ness in the brassy sound of the hi-hat and cym­bals and their de­cay was now fur­ther drawn-out. Over­all, the pre­sen­ta­tion was more re­laxed, largely due to an ab­sence of hard­ness, ex­ag­ger­ated sibi­lance or high­light­ing. In fact, I’ve heard less of an over­all in­crease in per­for­mance when I’ve tried DAC’s of twice the price of the ADL Esprit in my sys­tem.

Ana­log In­ter­con­nects:

The Heim­dall 2 ana­log in­ter­con­nects in­cor­po­rate the stan­dard Norse 2 fea­tures and have the fol­low­ing spec­i­fi­ca­tions: 4 x 24 AWG, ca­pac­i­tance of 25pF/ft/ch, im­pen­dence of 0.06 H/ft/ch, and prop­a­ga­tion de­lay of 85% the speed of light. Ter­mi­na­tions are Neu­trik XLR, Din or Nor­dost’s own pro­pri­etary Mon­nGlo RCA con­nec­tors, which I found to be sturdy and se­cure.

I first in­tro­duced the ana­log in­ter­con­nects be­tween the sources and the preamplifier, leav­ing the Kim­ber Hero RCA cable in place be­tween the preamplifier and am­pli­fier. The first thing I no­ticed was a deeper sounds­tage – there was added clar­ity but also a greater sense of ease. The hi­hat now took on a very life-like pres­ence with added de­tail and now Shelby’s voice was en­tranc­ingly real – more re­solved and more fo­cused. Bass gui­tar was more ex­tended with another level of tight­ness and agility that brought across its tex­ture in a new man­ner – now, not only was the vi­bra­tion of the strings eas­ily au­di­ble at the pluck but lu­cidly through­out the en­tire note, pluck to pluck. I found my­self think­ing – this is no longer hear­ing, this is feel­ing the mu­sic! Another sur­prise was the ef­fect this lat­est change had on my aware­ness of my own quadral Aurum Mon­tan VIII loud­speak­ers, within my room. Now, with the ana­log in­ter­con­nects in place, they had be­come im­per­cep­ti­ble but so had the pres­ence of my own room. This is not to say that I didn’t have great sound­stag­ing be­fore but now, in com­par­i­son, it was on another level. Next, I added the Nor­dost XLR ana­log in­ter­con­nects be­tween the Si­mau­dio preamp and my Brys­ton am­pli­fier. As a re­sult, there was an added del­i­cacy and clar­ity to the tre­ble, greater bass con­trol in the low­est re­gions and a heighted sense of over­all liq­uid­ity

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