Nordost Cables, VTL, YG Acoustics | RMAF 2019

When I sat down and listened to the Nordost Cables, VTL and YG Acoustics room at the 2019 Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, I had no idea what resonance synchronization and why I needed such a thing in my own reference system. I’m not the tweakiest audiophile in the world, although I continue to use such accessories as the Les Davis Audio constrained layer damping material and the Furutech NCF boosters because they do make an audible difference. I’ve been skeptical of small, mysterious devices that are simply placed somewhere in the room and offer some scientific application of a little known principle to achieve better sound in high-end audio.

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Something was up in the Nordost Cables and VTL room, however. This appeared to be a big system in one of those big audio show rooms, impressive in many ways but perhaps a little too analytic (and expensive) for my tastes. This system consisted of the VTL TP-6.5 Series II phono stage ($12,500), TL-7.5 Series III line stage ($30,000) and Siefried Series II monoblocks ($75,000/pair), along with the YG Acoustics Sonja 2.3 loudspeakers ($112,800/pair). Sources included the ubiquitous and exceptional VPI HW-40 direct-drive turntable and arm ($17,495) with Lyra Etna cartridge ($8,995) and a $36,000 stack from dCS. Nordost Cables enhanced this system with a number of device such as their Odin 2 line of cables, QKORE ground units and much more.

It was the new QPOINT Resonance Synchronizer from Nordost Cables that really caught my attention. These small yet complex discs, which retail for $750 each, are placed under specific components where they “emit a subtle field which manipulates all electromechanical resonances within its immediate proximity.” The QPOINT is one of those high-end products that may evoke passionate objections among audio skeptics. Yet Mike Marko of Nordost Cables offered several A/B comparisons which yielded a sound that was more open and quiet, something that was clearly heard by many in the room–including me.

That made the Nordost Cables, VTL and YG Acoustics room at RMAF anything but analytical, and that relatively modest outlay of $750 makes the QPOINT Resonance Synchronizer an accessory that can easily be demonstrated in your home and evaluated. The system was warm, revealing and incredibly musical, and this old-school reviewer might be tempted to take the challenge in the very near future.