Nordost's Heimdall 2 continues where its predecessor, the original Heimdall, left off with delivering maximum performance for a remarkably low price. Using four 24AWG Solid OFC conductors with Nordost's proprietary silver plating, Heimdall 2 delivers rich, pure musicality throughout the extremes of the frequency range. The Mono-Filament conductors are wrapped with a Helix-wound thread and then placed in Nordost's proprietary insulator to ensure a practically perfect "air-dielectric" for minimal distortion and smooth, warm delivery. The cables are then terminated with MoonGlo gold-plated connectors. This combination will give your system brilliant imaging and musical insight into the performance, while delivering Nordost’s tremendous speed and dynamic presentation. Your ticket to audiophile heaven just got upgraded to first class.
The new, second generation Norse Series interconnects deliver a level of performance not previously possible at their price points. Nordost's proprietary Micro Mono-Filament construction, first introduced on the legendary Valhalla reference cables, creates a virtual air dielectric complete with an elegantly engineered suspension system. Combined with silver-plated OFC solid-core conductors and FEP insulation throughout, the result is the ideal electrical and mechanically controlled construction for ultra-fast, low-loss signal transfer. Optimized conductor dimensions, and asymmetrical grounding topology significantly extend the musical performance of the new Norse series, finally allowing your equipment to deliver its full performance potential, while the consistency of design and materials across the entire Norse Series means that you can easily prioritize a system-wide solution without compromising the coherence of your cables.
We're now offering this incredible cable treatment system as a service to any customer for any cable, whether it was purchased from us or not!
This service may be purchased for $199 and is good for treating up to five cables at once. The following cables can be treated on the VIDAR treatment system:
Any pair of analog interconnects with RCA or XLR termination
Any digital interconnect with RCA, XLR, or BNC termination
Any pair of speaker cables
Any tonearm cable that uses a 5-pin DIN connector to RCA or XLR termination
The following cables cannot be treated:
Video or computer cables (Component, DVI, HDMI, USB)
Interconnects with special terminations such as RCA to XLR or RCA to BNC)
XLR interconnects with non-standard pin-outs
Headphone cables (any cable with a 1/4" or 3.5mm headphone jack at one end)
Cables purchased new from Upscale Audio can be treated on the VIDAR system at any time... no charge. All you pay for is the shipping.
The VIDAR combines three different functions all in one operation:
The VIDAR is constructed using the highest quality parts. Each conductor is fed by a bridge mode amplifier. It uses a total of 44 amplifiers in its circuitry. Each amplifier is held at a very precise voltage. The circuit is designed so that there is no difference in voltages between any of the amplifiers.
The VIDAR uses a proprietary combination of composite and complex signals to condition the cables. Parts of the signal oscillate at ultra-low frequencies, while other parts are in ultra-high ranges which extend beyond the range of video frequencies. The signal bounces in a ping-ping ball-like fashion from one end of the cable to the other. During the burn-in process, ultra-low frequencies penetrate deep into the core of the cable. The ultra-high frequencies zip along the surface. This method of signal transmission sets up beat harmonics, or heterodynes, between the two complex waveforms. In the digital domain, this would be referred to as aliasing products. These beat frequencies penetrate all layers of the cable.
The design of the circuitry also has a unique feature which drives electrons above the conductor into the dielectric (or insulation) area. The VIDAR not only sends ping pong signals along the cable, it also sends a similar signal from the center core to the outer shield in the case of interconnect cables. This function neutralizes the electrical charges discussed above.
So... What does that all mean to me?
The end result of conditioning cables with the Nordost VIDAR is improved soundstaging, increased detail, and an overall more musical presentation. The VIDAR can burn in any digital audio, analog audio, or video interconnect with an RCA, XLR, or BNC connector, speaker cable, and tonearm cable. Can't do power cords, sorry.