Nordost Tyr 2 Interconnect, Speaker, and Power Cables

Transparency, Purity, Texture

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AC power cords,
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Nordost Tyr 2 Interconnect, Speaker, and Power Cables

First, and quite obviously, the “sound,” or, more accurately put, ambience of this fine venue was more present than I’d previously heard from this outstanding recording. It was—no exaggeration—much more like being seated in our Row H center subscription seats than I’d ever experienced before. Meaning that the sense of the hall’s volume, air, materials, and the orchestra’s proximity to both the wooden shell behind the players and the auditorium to the fore was that much more lifelike, not just in the sound itself but in the feeling of being there it generated. 

Then of course, there’s the magic of Hunt Lieberson’s voice. Like a newly born butterfly’s wings making their first tentative moves, it slowly swells from the stillness of the hall, charged with the energy of anticipation. The airy puff of the brass fanfares, silken delicacy of the stings, the impression of depth, air, and, as the final movement erupts, explosive dynamics, brought me to the edge of my seat. 

As Jonathan Valin so correctly pointed out in his recent review of the MBL 101 X-tremes, instruments don’t direct sound at us as if from a beam, but create sound in three dimensions. So the “pinpoint imaging” we audiophiles often talk about is a direct artifact of the recording process. Arguably a cool effect but not really as we hear it in life, where a hall is alive with reflected sound. And like the MBL’s, my Magnepan 1.7s also pulse in multiple waves. 

On well-loved yet very different-sounding rock records—from John Hiatt’s Bring the Family, to Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, to Emmylou Harris’ Wrecking Ball, and Nick Cave’s extraordinary Ghosteen—though each is clearly a beautiful studio creation—Nordost’s Tyr 2 achieves the magic trick we seek from our best recordings and systems. To fool us just enough with a semblance of the real thing that thoughts of our system vanish and we’re left with just the music. 

So, transparency, precision, purity, depth, texture, openness, expansiveness… Nordost’s Tyr 2 loom brings all of this and more to the listening experience. Yet as I wrap up these thoughts another word now pops to mind that perhaps best sums up my analogy between wine and audio: transformative. That is perhaps the ultimate thing I can say about any experience. It takes us to another place, another level of understanding—and, in this case, another level of long-term musical pleasure.

Specs & Pricing

Tyr 2 Power Cord
Insulation: Fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP)
Construction: Mechanically tuned lay, length and dual mono-filament design
Conductors: 7x 16AWG
Material: Silver-plated 99.99999% solid-core OFC
DC resistance: 1.33 ohms per 1000ft 
Velocity of propagation: 91% 
Terminations: US (Nema), EU (Schuko), UK or AUS to IEC-C15 to IEC-C19 (figure 8 IEC-C7 also available)
Price: Starting at 1 meter, $2939

Tyr 2 Interconnect
Insulation: Fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP)
Construction: Mechanically tuned lay, length and dual mono-filament design 
Conductors: 7x 24AWG 
Material: Silver-plated 99.99999% solid-core OFC
Capacitance: 33.0pF/ft 
Inductance: 0.045μH/ft 
Overall shield coverage: 97%
Velocity of propagation: 86%
Termination: Gold-plated Nordost MoonGlo RCA or XLR
Price: Starting at 0.6 meter, $2204

Try 2 Speaker Cable
Insulation: Fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP)
Construction: Mechanically tuned spacing, length and micro mono-filament design 
Conductors: 26x 22AWG
Material: Silver-plated 99.99999% solid-core OFC
Capacitance: 10.7pF/ft
Inductance: 0.13μH/ft
Velocity of propagation: 96%
Terminations: Gold-plated spade or Z-plug banana 
Price: Starting at 1 meter, $5039

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Associated Equipment
Rega RP10 turntable and Apheta moving-coil cartridge; Basis 2200 Turntable, Vector 4 arm, and Koetsu Rosewood Signature Platinum moving-coil cartridge; Oppo UDP-205 disc player; VTL TL5.5II and Sutherland N1 preamps; VTL S-200 Signature stereo amplifier; Magnepan MG 1.7 loudspeakers; Nordost Qx4 power conditioner and Qb8 AC distribution center; Finite Elemente Spider equipment racks