Update from Nordost Heimdall to Frey speaker cable

I am thinking of upgrading my speaker cables from Heimdall to Frey. I would like to hear from people who made the switch about if they found the upgrade worth it? What made the biggest difference etc etc? 
Thanks for your indulgence to my question. 


I’m also looking to try Frey 2 speaker cables and will be following this thread. 

@mgrif104  I do have Nordost Tyr IC for my system but use Audioquest Hurricane and Blizzard power cords. Hoping to get more out of it. Maybe I will go for Tyr speaker cable but I will see. Thanks for the reply.


That’s where it started for me - Tyr II interconnects (xlr balanced). I auditioned them against what I had (Cardas something), Transparent and AudioQuest. The Nordost - in my system with my gear at the time - was noticeably better than the others at the same price point. 

Those are very good interconnects and the difference they made in my system was significant - and much for the better. I did end up upgrading to Valhalla 2s. Better again but not as much difference as the Tyr II made for me initially. 

Then I fell into the rabbit hole w/ Nordost power cables and QB 8. 

Full disclosure - despite my comment on the benefits of an all Nordost loom (a comment I stand by as I heard it w/ some disbelief), I do have a few non-Nordost cables in system still. But, I’ve changed too many other things recently (upgraded my amp, speakers and DAC all in the past 7 months) and I want to be careful here as things are still being revealed. 

I found the Tyr IC to be the most beneficial change so I think you’re starting from a good place. The Tyr speaker cables are significantly more $$$ than Frey so it’s worth treading cautiously around that rabbit hole. 


I don’t own Nordstrom yet have heard a full loom with the DAC, pre and amp of my system and it shocked me on the dynamics and clarity. 

I bring this up because their philosophy on all cables. 

All that as context - I think there’s a difference. Is the ROI worth it is the question. 

Enjoy your journey and share your experience!

I initially started with HEIMDALL in a prior system on the belief that it was the NORDOST model “sweet spot”, and then drank the KoolAid for an upgrade to a full FREY cables loom


IMO that experience in audio improvements moving up from the HEIMDALL to the FREY are as follows:

(a) Firstly, the audio performance uptick was slight / small incremental in general, but certainly not any Jesus moment …. and in hindsight, simply not worth the added cash outlay.

(b) if I was still married to NORDOST cables in my system and somehow looking for a meaningful performance upgrade, I would go straight up to the VALHALLA ….and just skip everything in the middle cable models..There is a good reason why NORDOST VALHALLA and CARDAS CLEAR are the two largest cable options selected by the exhibitors at the audio expos.

(c) Without prejudice to (b) above, the main audio improvements from HEIMDALL to FREY were only gleaned by going the full Monty as a cradle-to-grave full loom upgrade ( ALL of IC, speaker, & power…) to an entire matched NORDOST model full loom .For example, If you think that upgrading just the current HEIMDALL speaker cables in isolation will favourably stir your drink, you may be disappointed.

(D) Further, any NORDOST cable upgrades are entirely VERY system dependent … more so than many other premium brands . You might see audio performance changes but be prepared that they may not be for the better. For example, when I upgraded to new HARBETH speakers, my full current FREY loom carry- forward frankly now sucked, and sounded very “edgy”. and “brittle” and fatiguing at a minimum . A full FREY loom change was undertaken to a full CARDAS CLEAR loom as a necessary upgrade with improvements that were not insignificant.

Choose wisely.

PS  NOTDOST  V2 cables versus the prior V1 models

My personal take , the prior V1 is 95% of the performance quotient of the V2 at a fraction of the price. There are similar personal experiences posted in different audio forums that comment in like manner on this.