Tyr 2 Power Cables
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