Nordost valhalla review



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Description: It was inevitable. In my review of Nordost's very fine Valkyrja cables, I wrote, "How closely Valkyrja and Valhalla perform to each other will be for another writer to report on." I was

It was inevitable. In my review of Nordost's very fine Valkyrja cables, I wrote, "How closely Valkyrja and Valhalla perform to each other will be for another writer to report on." I was one of the first reviewers to write about Valkyrja, but at that point I had not heard Valhalla in my system. After my review I received a fair amount of e-mail asking how Nordost's top two cable lines compared to each other. I sent off a request to Nordost, and following CES I had enough Valhalla to do the comparison. I may be the last reviewer to write about Valhalla -- the cable was introduced in 2001 and has received lots of press between then and now.

Valhalla is Nordost's priciest interconnect and speaker cable. Both it and Valkyrja use the company's proprietary Micro Monofilament technology, which involves winding Teflon monofilament around each of the conductors, after which bundled conductors are encapsulated in FEP Teflon. Valkyrja interconnects and speaker cables both use 28 22-gauge eight-nines copper conductors over which 60 microns of high-purity silver are extruded. In contrast, Valhalla interconnects use eight "optimized-diameter" eight-nines copper conductors that have 78 microns of extruded silver over them, while the speaker cables use 40 such conductors arranged in four groups of ten.

Valhalla interconnects are thicker and less flexible than Valkyrja, and Valhalla speaker cables are 5/8" wider than Valkyrja but the same thickness -- or should I say thinness given that both are ribbons. However, perhaps the greatest difference between Valhalla and Valkyrja is in price: $3300 versus $2000 per meter pair of interconnects, and $7350 versus $4600 per eight-foot pair of speaker cables.






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