Just a little background about Nordost in Aus:
The Nordost QX units were introduced to the Aus market around 2006/07. They had a few selected dealers carrying these power accessories that weren't affordable as regular gear, they were quite pricey. Compared to the US market it's over double the price, and still is pretty much the same today. Although dollar value has changed between the $USD & $AUD, pricing of such gear in Aus is dam expensive, and only a handful of people can afford such items.
From that time onwards, Nordost introduced single Q-Kore units that were slightly more affordable, and many started buying these single units for their systems. At the same time the larger QX units were still being sold, and new power accessories were offered as well, such as the ones GW1800 has installed in his CLX- Bricasti system...
The Nodost distribution/ importer for Aus changed hands and the new importer raised their prices big time! So now we have only a few dealers offering the full range of Nordost and just one or two offering the Supreme Reference series, which is the Odin line.
Nordost used to explain what the QX units do and what QRT is all about on their website and technical papers... perhaps they don't publish this information any more, for certain reasons.
Anyway, in summary this is what these QX units do:
It's based on QRT- Quantum Resonant Technology.
Magnetic field stabilisers and proper grounding systems. Each QX unit has several QRT units inside: in the QX2 has 2 and the QX4 has 4, making it twice as powerful as a single QX2. Then there are the Q-Kore units, the Q Base power boards, and other various types of Q units for grounding purposes, all revolving around the QRT design & tech.
What they do is offer a very high level of magnetic field control and stabilisation. When power amps and preamps are on, they all create certain magnetic fields through their trannys (transformers), this can affect detail sound and clarity plus definition in tonality.
If proper grounding is not addressed, it can also lead to RFI & EMI stray fields creeping into the system through power cords and power boards... all affecting tonality and adding unwanted noise.
What these QX units do is they control these stray fields with the use of QRT systems, they zero in on them and tighten the fields, so as to not let them stray in space...
It's a bit difficult to explain but I'll simplify: so when listening critically, sometimes you can see or hear certain waves floating in circles, sort of spherical in shape wandering off around the speakers, in the middle and hovering around the corners... when the QX units are engaged, all of that tightens in a blink of an eye and centres everything with full focus, clarity, definition and full 3D. Like a giant magnet attracting all the stray metal objects floating into the centre.
When these QX units or any Q unit is switched on, you can experience this affect immediately! There's no denying it, and it works! Usually when it does, people are in awe... and when it's off, you can certainly tell the difference.
Overall, with the Q units on or off, the music is still good, there's nothing wrong in the presentation or anything lacking. However, with any of the QX, Q-Kore and Qbase units installed into the system, the music is unbelievable! These power accessories can enhance any high quality system, and their unique modular design makes it possible to install any number of units in any location. You can use just one if you like, and you can really go nuts and use multiple units for each component in the system, which will bring out the highest level of detail from that particular component.
Whatever number of units you use at any given time, will enhance the overall performance of your system. After trying these items out and you believe that it didn't make a difference then that's OK. Means that your system has reached its full potential and there's no use of such gear.
This particular group of people is virtually non-existent simply because everyone who has tried any of these units has always keeps them in their systems. They've never been returned!
The team at Nordost go to great lengths to ensure that these accessories are contributing positively in any high quality system, and when installed properly and effectively positioned, it's an awe-inspiring experience.
The QX units work both in the horizontal and vertical planes, that's why GW1800 recommended that I place it in one of the racks close to components, so that it works more effectively. Earlier I had the QX4 placed out in the middle, although it was quite good, it didn't have the full affect/ magic that it does now. Even the Nordost manual suggests exactly that.
The rep is coming over next Saturday to set up two more units for each of the CLX's, I have a feeling this is going to be fantastic! Might as well have them installed and close the deal.
That's just my 50cts worth of Nordost and it's accessories, I'm sure GW1800 will have more to contribute. Apart from these power accessories, their cables are a whole other level. Some of which are superb!!! Truly in a class of their own. A must have or must try in any high quality set up, and a well deserved system altogether.
*Note* these accessories from Nordost are power accessories and grounding systems, that allow more of the recordings to be experienced in terms of clarity, definition, transparency, resolution, detail and soundstage depth. They do not alter the AC mains in any way, and you can switch these units off, whiles the music is still playing and note down differences... therefore they are added into the system as modular units and power up only if the user decides to switch them on. Hope that makes sense.
Cheers to Nordost! "Making the connection"