Universally praised by reviewers around the world, Valhalla set a new standard for cables. Nordost manufacturing techniques include the use of extruded FEP in a precisely spaced and dimensioned tube for signal cables.
- Superior geometry and consistency in conductor spacing.
- Terminated by hand in their US factory using HOLO:PLUG™ technology.
Valhalla Reference Interconnects:
The Valhalla interconnect consists of 8 conductors made from solid, optimized diameter 99.999999% oxygen free copper, each with 78 microns of extruded silver on the surface. That surface is highly polished before a precision micro mono-filament wrap is applied. A precision FEP tube is then extruded over each conductor. The eight FEP tubes are then bonded with a proprietary technique to create a tubular interconnect cable, enclosed in a dual layer of silver shielding. This design reduces dielectric contact by more than 80% yet offers extreme mechanical stability, despite the fact that the conductors are effectively suspended in inert air, preventing oxidation. It’s a configuration that provides the basis for the subsequent Norse series cables. Valhalla interconnect is extremely fast at over 87% the speed of light. When it comes to transmitting wide bandwidth signals with incredible speed and minimum phase shift this cable is effectively state of the art, bettered only by the mighty Odin. It delivers incredible transient response and dynamic resolution so that no musical detail is lost, allowing you to follow complex and difficult recordings with ease. Each Valhalla interconnect cable is hand built with WBT NextGen RCA phono plugs or gold XLR connectors.
Valhalla Reference Digital Interconnects:
VALHALLA Digital interconnect cables: The surface of each conductor is highly polished before a precision dual micro mono-filament is wrapped around it. This technology uses two FEP mono-filament threads wound around one another. These dual Mono-Filaments are then drawn around the conductor in a very precise helix pattern. This introduces more air space around the conductors and insulation contact with the conductors is reduced by more than 85%. Each conductor has 78 microns of extruded silver over a solid 8N OFC core. In the 75 Ohm version a single conductor is used, while in the 110 Ohm version two conductors are bonded together. A double layer of silver shielding is then applied around them. The cable has an effective dielectric constant of 1.38, which is incredibly low, the reference point being air or a vacuum, which has a dielectric constant of 1. The reduction of insulation contact by more than 85% means that the current and digital signal traveling above the surface of the conductor are virtually unimpeded by the insulation material. This means that jitter and timing errors are virtually eliminated. The result is a cable that allows every transient detail of the musical signal to shine through without being filtered or rolled off. VALHALLA Digital interconnect cables are hand built in our factory in the USA, and are available with 75 Ohm RCA or BNC connectors, or gold plated 110 Ohm XLR connectors. These are selected for their sonic properties and their impedance matching characteristics, ensuring that they have the minimum effect on the digital signal.
Valhalla Reference Speaker Cables:
Valhalla Reference Power Cords:
- 7 solid, 16 AWG OFC conductors
- Conductors suspended in a Dual Mono-Filament matrix
- No strand interaction, hot spots, or carbonization
- Propagation speeds upwards of 90% the speed of light (conventional cables have speeds lower than 50% the speed of light)
- Extruded FEP insulation
- Low signal loss
- High thermal efficiency
- Effective transfer of power
and extremely low power loss
- Truly superb sound quality
- Hand built in the USA
ValhallaTonearm Cable: Just like digital signals, those from your tonearm have their own, precise electrical demands. The Valhalla tonearm cable is optimized specifically for the task of passing the smallest and most fragile signal in your system, the output of a typical moving-coil cartridge being around 10,000 times smaller than many CD players. With such tiny signal levels, the quality of the conductors, connectors and the termination itself are all critical to realizing the performance of a high-quality analog replay system. The cable’s position, right at the head of the signal chain makes it critical too, and ordinary interconnects an unacceptable compromise.The Valhalla tonearm cable’s conductors are created in the same silver plated, solid 99.999999% OFC copper as the other Valhalla cables, but ideally dimensioned and configured for their task. Wound in a single tubular construction that includes a dedicated earth wire, the cable is available terminated to match any tonearm or phono-stage input.Standard terminations include Din-type and WBT NextGen RCA connectors, to suit the vast majority of tonearms and termination boxes. In addition, balanced terminations employing gold-plated XLRs are available to special order, as are other configurations, as long as appropriate connectors can be sourced or supplied.
Used in conjunction with the Valhalla internal wiring used by many tonearm manufacturers, the new external tonearm cable finally enables high-quality analog systems to employ the same cable technology from cartridge pins to speaker inputs, achieving a new level of consistency when it comes to the low-loss transfer of the most fragile audio signals of all.