Tyr 2 Power Ca­bles

NOVO - - NORDOST TYR 2 -

Thanks to this, in­stru­ments like gui­tars, bass gui­tars and the pi­ano of­fered more tex­ture and har­mon­ics. Strings picked on a guitar be­came more pal­pa­ble, while plucked bass notes re­vealed more of the me­tal­lic tex­ture. The sonic gains from in­te­grat­ing the QB8 into my sys­tem re­ally caught me off guard a lit­tle bit. I ex­pected the dif­fer­ences to be min­i­mal over my ex­ist­ing power dis­tri­bu­tion unit, if I could de­tect any at all. But that wasn’t the case at all. The QB8 took an al­ready ex­cel­lent sound­ing sys­tem and made it per­form no­tice­ably bet­ter. This is an ab­so­lute must have foun­da­tion for a high-end au­dio sys­tem. Nor­dost’s Tyr 2 power ca­bles take ad­van­tage of the lessons learned from the de­vel­op­ment of the com­pany’s ground­break­ing Val­halla 2 range of ca­bles, em­ploy­ing tech­nolo­gies such as Nor­dost’s pro­pri­etary Dual Mono-Fil­a­ment tech­nol­ogy, which cre­ates a vir­tual air di­elec­tric within a care­fully de­signed sus­pen­sion sys­tem, en­abling the ca­bles to achieve the most ef­fec­tive in­su­la­tion method in the in­dus­try. Tyr 2 power ca­bles are con­structed out of seven sil­ver plated, solid core 16 AWG OFC con­duc­tors - a con­struc­tion that elim­i­nates in­ter­ac­tion be­tween the strands, hot spots and car­boniza­tion. Another key fea­ture of these power ca­bles is ex­truded FEP in­su­la­tion, which of­fers a su­per low sig­nal loss and high ther­mal ef­fi­ciency. Top­ping it all off, me­chan­i­cally tuned lengths re­duce in­ter­nal mi­crophony and high-fre­quency im­ped­ance res­o­nance. All of these tech­nolo­gies com­bined prom- ise to de­liver op­ti­mal sonic per­for­mance at both ends of the spec­trum, from re­al­world dy­nam­ics to the finest mu­si­cal tex­tures and de­tails.

English in­die rock band Florence + the Ma­chine re­leased a fan­tas­tic “MTV Un­plugged” al­bum in 2012, fea­tur­ing acous­tic per­for­mances of some of the band’s best songs. On a good hifi sys­tem this al­bum presents Florence Welch’s dra­matic, large-scale vo­cals un­like any stu­dio al­bum, in a unique en­vi­ron­ment of New York’s old­est syn­a­gogue build­ing, the An­gel Oren­sanz Cen­ter. On this al­bum, Welch is ac­com­pa­nied by a three-piece band and a gospel choir. The re­sult is an amaz­ing acous­tic treat for the ears. Dur­ing my power ca­ble tests, I also lis­tened to AIR French Band’s “Moon Sa­fari” and Johnny Cash’s “Amer­i­can IV: The Man Comes Around” al­bums.

With the Tyr 2 power ca­bles in place, I im­me­di­ately heard a near-holo­graphic sound­stage with more air and space around Welch’s voice, lift­ing it above the other mu­si­cal lay­ers. This made her voice sound more em­bod­ied and dy­namic, and re­sulted in a greater level of re­al­ism. With her voice more distin­guished from the other parts, I was able to peer deeper into the nu­ances of her ec­cen­tric per­for­mance than ever be­fore. The in­stru­ments of the three-piece band also ben­e­fit­ted from the ad­di­tional air and space, each now play­ing in a per­fectly fo­cused, dis­tinct space on the stage. The Tyr 2 power ca­bles also pre­sented a fur­ther blacker back­ground, re­veal­ing greater mu­si­cal de­tail, colour and tex­ture, mak­ing these acous­tic songs sound truer to life. Tom Mon­ger’s harp, for ex­am­ple, played with mes­mer­iz­ing rich­ness and flu­id­ity. With “Amer­i­can IV: The Man Comes Around”, Cash’s deep bass-bari­tone voice sounded richer, ex­pos­ing more midrange and lower fre­quency de­tails, thanks to the cleaner back­ground. When lis­ten­ing to AIR French Band’s al­bum on the other hand, the lay­ers of sound be­came more dis­tinct, al­low­ing me to hear more in­tri­cate de­tails of each layer, im­mers­ing me in the sound bet­ter than ever be­fore.

All in all, the Tyr 2 power ca­bles pro­vided a sub­stan­tial im­prove­ment to the sound, one that would be dif­fi­cult to live with­out, now that I’ve heard it. At cer­tain times, I felt that the dif­fer­ence was al­most as sig­nif­i­cant as if I re­placed one of the key com­po­nents in my sys­tem.

Tyr 2 In­ter­con­nect Ca­bles

Like the power ca­bles, Tyr 2 in­ter­con­nects em­ploy much of the tech­nol­ogy de­vel­oped orig­i­nally for Nor­dost’s higher per­for­mance ca­ble se­ries like the Val­halla - it’s one of the ad­van­tages of choos­ing prod­ucts from a well es­tab­lished man­u­fac­turer. High­lights of the Tyr 2 in­ter­con­nects in­clude Nor­dost’s pro­pri­etary Dual MonoFil­a­ment con­struc­tion, sil­ver-plated OFC solid core con­duc­tors and FEP in­su­la­tion. Com­bined, these tech­nolo­gies of­fer ca­bles with an ul­tra-fast, low-loss sig­nal trans­fer that al­low your au­dio sys­tem to reach its full per­for­mance po­ten­tial. Tyr 2 in­ter­con­nect ca­bles are avail­able with a choice of pro­pri­etary gold-plated Moon­Glo RCA or XLR con­nec­tors - Nor­dost pro­vided me with both types to test with my gear. I quickly dis­cov­ered the ad­van­tages of the Moon­Glo push-fit RCA plugs, as I con­nected and dis­con­nected these ca­bles

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