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Nordost Blue Heaven Headphone Cables

Nordost Blue Heaven Headphone Cables

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So, any comments from those who have received their cable from this drop?
LOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLLL
Ridiculous! $20 cables priced at $270 for $200 headphones...
What headphones will this fit with the supplied connectors?
PenceyPrep
HD 600 HD650 HD6XX
PenceyPrep
There are several options available. Click "join drop" and you will see various terminations available for, amongst others, HD800; HD6XX (also fits HD580/HD600/HD650); 4 pin mini XLR (which fits Audeze LCD-3, LCD-2, LCD-X, LCD-XC), AKG K812 etc. Clicking on "Join Drop" does not commit to a purchase until you fill everything in so don't be afraid to go to it. If you don't want to purchase after looking at the termination options, simply hit your backspace key. If you do select to purchase, click on the proper option you need and fill in the rest of the required info.
Are this cables directly came from heaven and make the headphone more magical ? So than please god make this cable sing for us without headphone. In that way we can save some money!
wow ... the cables cost more than the headphones themselves :)
34 AWG seems thin, esp for this price
What sort of gear would someone be running for these to be a worthwhile improvement in the sound quality? Would the stock cable for somebody's Focals be junk compared to these? I can understand buying them just because they are nice if you have the money.
71Bacon
These cables will not alter the sound quality of your headphones.
nbcnbcnbc
Dream on. If you can’t hear a difference, I’m afraid, yeah, don’t spend the money, you can’t appreciate it. That’s okay, you saved some money so don’t fret
Will this cable allow me to hear sounds from higher space-times?
Was wondering if any of you could recommend a decent budget replacement cable.

My second K7XX ~$50 green cable that I bought directly from AKG AU supplier is failing me again, but the Aussie supplier do not carry cables anymore last time I contacted them.
Nordost? Really? We already have Cardas' crap here, why do we need another overpriced cable company's spin heavy marketing polluting things? At least we get to hear something other than "quad-eutectic" and "golden ratio" now...

I've heard things through Audioquest (at least they make some things that aren't all nonsense) cables and Cardas cables of varying "quality" levels. Not sure I've actually heard Nordost firsthand, but I'm already at a confirmed 2/2 for underwhelming results for the price asked. Not a good start on the high end cable front.

None of it was anything particularly special. The gear it was connected to was simply good enough that you could claim the cables were a big part of the sound and some people might believe you. I will not claim that there are zero differences between cables. My stance is that cables make a difference, but often a very subtle difference, and none of these differences justify the costs of replacing a cable with an identical length and termination combo from most of these companies. I want to replace my HD6XX and M1060 cables, but only because they're 1/8" plugs on short cables, not because there's magic to be had by paying more than I did for the headphones themselves.

If cables were such a magical and dramatic improvement, we wouldn't be seeing all of the praise we do for new headphones. A HD650 with a $6-700 cable would still manage to sit above the pile of crap Audeze just sold you for $4000 with those awful stock cables. All of these reviews would be relative to an older model with the "mandatory mod" of a new cable if this were really the case. Given that it's not, we're back to my assertion. The changes are fairly minor. How much is that tiny improvement worth to you? Would you not rather just fund better gear at these prices? Sure, $3-400 on those $4000 LCD4s isn't as ridiculous as $400 on a $200 headphone, but $400 will buy you a decent chunk of new music if nothing else, which... you know, is the thing you bought them for in the first place.
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You’re hopeless! One’s and zero’s. Really, is that the best you can come up with. What about jitter, impedance inconsistencies and on and on? And let’s talk inductance, capacitance and resistance in cables. And how about skin effect and, bleed through of the signal into the dielectric? You really think it is just 1’s and 0’s? That’s pathetic and you deserve ridicule whether you find it pretentious or offensive. Yes, tin ears due to insensitivity to subtlety, melodic differences, etc. Sorry if you are insulted. The truth hurts sometimes.
SGva
Unfortunately, you're fundamentally incorrect. Obviously just arguing antagonistically for the sake of enjoyment. I would expect nothing less from a pretentious audiophool who believes they are better than everyone else and dedicates their life to gatekeeping the audio world. I hear about people like you not only in the audiophile world, but the "elites" in other hobbies as well.

You didn't critically read my last comment at all. You took it completely at face value and used it only as ammunition to further insult me. Unfortunately for you here as well, I've been on the internet for decades and I won't waste my time on that kind of dead end. If you reply to this comment, I won't reply. I won't even read it.

I'll leave you with this. If you had used even an ounce of reading comprehension you would have been able to realize my mention of "1's and 0's" was only part of it. The part to describe that there are differences between the quality of an audio/sound signal, and the quality of the content, the music, that is contained in that signal. Tin ears refers to the content of the signal, not the quality of the signal itself. Only holier than thou audiophile gatekeepers use it the way you did.

Enjoy your bitter life, just don't expect us peasants to stand beneath you to prop up your industry. Luckily and thankfully, the new generation of audiophiles understands that there are substantial quality differences between a $100 beginner headphone amp and a really great quality one in the $400-500 range, but the difference between a $500 amp and a $5,000 amp leaves at least $3,000 left over that went to pure snake oil.
Triboelectric noise? I bid you farewell old foe! No long shall you taint my tunes!
I can bet 99% of the people talking about how these cables make an audible difference have near-zero knowledge of electrical engineering. Or psychoacoustics. Just saying.

I'd consider buying a cable at this price if it had all-metal connector bodies, 8 way kevlar braid and could literally stop a medieval longsword.
jdeoxys
A near indestructible cable that could support 300 lbs+ of weight/force even at its weakest point might actually be worth the money, but even then that's a stretch. Anker sells USB 3.0/3.1 cables that are proven to support 175 lbs, but those don't even cost $20 shipped.

Objectively/factually speaking (sorry snakeoil victims), the sound coming from this cable and a $10 cable is identical to even a flawlessly functioning human ear. Price hikes after that have to be accounted for in build quality, and the build quality of this cable isn't good enough to support the price.

Supreme quality, handmade commissioned cables don't even cost this much.
From the Nordost website:

" In order to accommodate the added demands on our headphone cables, Nordost has included an Aramid fiber strength member to the construction of this cable. Aramid fibers serve a dual purpose. Not only do they ensure the mechanical integrity of the cable, transferring the strain away from the conductors, but the resonating properties of Aramid fibers also enhance sound quality. "

HUH? What? Aramid is used in things like drum heads and woodwind reeds, where a mechanical force is applied and the material is able to vibrate/resonate. Please tell me how the current running through a headphone cable, or even the magnetic field generated by said current, is interacting with and releasing the "resonating properties" of these aramid fibers.

Any material physicists out there able to shed some light on this pseudoscience? Or perhaps a snekoylologist?
mcknig.k
I will. Aramid is just the name of the product, people know it better as kevlar. Aramid has 0 conductive properties, it is used in wire manufacturing because the extruder pulls on wire pretty damn hard and this prevents it from breaking. (It is around 25 USD a pound depending on vendor) most used 1 strand of it and wrap with another material like fiber glass. On the very low end of the spectrum a cloth tape is used. I do not have my phd in material phys, however before leaving the field I had 15 years experience in wire manufacturing. It takes 75 USD to buy a print wheel, 125 USD for the pint of ink you need and bam slap your name on it. If you want something custom get ready to pay way over cost since we are only doing one spool (which nordost prolly did) When I first started it really opened my eyes into manufacturing products for other companies. One company would sell for 25 the other for 300 for the same product.
mcknig.k
It's a known fact that the more one pays for a given product, the more one will enjoy that product--even when comparing that product to the same product purchased for a lesser amount. In other words, if I pay $270 for this cable, and you pay $30 for it, mine will sound significantly better.
If you doubt me, I challenge you to find someone who actually has spent the $270 for this cable, and is willing to tell you they can't hear any difference and freely admit they were dumb, and fell for a load of slick marketing hype--good luck with that!