would love to have your opinion on a couple of things. My system is as follows: McIntosh
601 monoblocks, Audio Research Reference 5 SE preamp with Reference 2 SE phono stage, VPI
Classic 3 turntable with Lyra Etna cartridge, all with Nordost Heimdall 2 interconnects
and speaker cables and Magico S5 speakers along with a REL S3 subwoofer behind the right
speaker. The system sounds pretty good, but I'm trying to make it better. Because of the
cost of a Nordost Valhalla 2 cabling system, would you go for the
Tyr 2 or wait till you could swing the Valhalla 2? Also, I'm looking at adding an extra
sub behind left speaker. Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated. The system is resting
on an HRS rack, so I have that covered.
One thing I learned as a budding audiophile was not to cut corners, because doing
so only cost me more money in the long run. Thus, if you've heard Valhalla 2 and liked
what you heard, keep your money until you can afford it. While Tyr 2 is a very good cable
line, the performance of Valhalla 2 is a step beyond.
for the second sub, people often think subwoofers are only about bass depth, but savvy
listeners know how a good, finely tuned sub can expand the soundstage. This is definitely
the case with stereo subs, which are really necessary to elevate the sound of very good
systems, and yours would fit into that category. So, again, I wouldn't cut this corner;
you may even find that the second subwoofer is a bigger upgrade that a set of Valhalla 2
cables. -Marc Mickelson
Your advice was right about the Nordost Odin 2 AES/EBU cable -- I bought
a 15-meter length. Looking at my USB, I have Locus Design Cynosure. Do you think the
Valhalla 2 USB would better this?
with the Odin 2 AES/EBU cable, I do have firsthand experience with the Valhalla 2 USB
cable, which is currently Nordost's top-of-the-line. I wrote about it earlier in the year. You obviously like what the
AES/EBU cable brought to your system, and I'm confident that the same will be true with
the Valhalla 2 USB, which, to quote myself, "was an absolute champ at revealing
dynamic contrasts" and "seemed to elevate any equipment with which it was
used." I don't listen much to file playback, but if I did, the Valhalla 2 would be my
first choice for USB connection. -Marc Mickelson
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