AUDIOPHILES are an extremely fussy lot and go through great trouble to extract maximum performance from their hi-fi systems. Science, pseudo-science, snake oil… everything is worth trying at least once, and if it makes a difference, well, it’s a sale! Take cables, for instance… most of us leave them running on the floor, connecting amplifier to speakers… but, as some will tell you, lifting your cables off the floor will make a sonic difference to your system.
One such product to help you do this is the new Sort Lift from Nordost, part of the famed cable company’s Sort System of resonance control. The Sort Lift raises speaker cables, power cords and interconnects off the ground, inhibiting any transfer of electrical charges from floor surface to cable.
We quote from the press release:
“The Sort Lift is a unique and extremely effective cable support designed to enhance the sonic performance of loudspeaker cables, power cords, and interconnects. While other cable lifters in the industry are only concerned with doing just that – lifting the cable – the Sort Lift not only elevates audio cables from the ground, but it employs a patent pending, Floating Spring Design that minimises the contact that cables have with the apparatus while reducing boundary effects without negatively affecting the resonant properties of the cables themselves.
“The Sort Lift is composed of two integral components: the base and the springs. The base is a stable, anodised aluminium disc, designed to inhibit any transference of electrical charge from the floor to the cable and eliminate static build-up on the dielectric itself. This base supports the proprietary Floating Spring System. The Floating Spring System uses a flexible, titanium alloy spring-wire, which makes up both the support wings and tension wire supports.
“In both elements, the alloy wire is coated in FEP, mirroring the design of Nordost cables and making the supports an extension of the cable jacket. These specially treated wires eliminate any electrical interference, while allowing the cables to maintain their natural resonance properties. This revolutionary design elicits several improvements to the sound quality, including an elevated sound stage, improved dynamic range, increased detail in low frequency reproductions, and more natural timbre to the music.”
The Sort Lift comes as a two-pack and is intended to be spaced between 0.5-1m apart so that the cable does not touch the floor, but this distance depends on the weight and flexibility of the cable.
Now available worldwide, at a suggested retail price of US$600 per pack.