Jorma Design 'Prime' Interconnects… the Prologue
Finally performed the definitive shootout between the interconnects last night:
Nordost Valhalla vrs. Stealth INDRA vrs. Jorma Prime.
When we first got the Prime they were not broken in – a somewhat foward and compressed midrange, and in general the sound came through with a weird, non-flat frequency response. After waiting 3 or 4 days for them to relax, and only hearing minor improvements (exactly as if they were still breaking in), they got put on the Nordost Vidar cable burner for a week or so.
Then we had a marital dispute about the direction the cables were supposed to be used in: should the Bybee purifier go towards the receiving end or the source end? Mike, the Magnificent, (me! insert chest thumping here) thought that they should go towards the receiving end because that is how the Bybees in the speaker cables are oriented. Neli, the wife of Mike the magnificent, remembered Jorma telling her that they went the other way – and somehow during the tests of directionality somebody (not Mike the Magnificent) confused what was towards the receivnig end and what was away from it … well, let’s just say that this week it isn’t I who is the butt of all the jokes around here… 🙂
‘Course, this post won’t earn me any points….
Well, it is only fair. last week it was me providing the humor… but I insist it could happen to anybody. You be the judge. The marriage you save could be mine….
In the Audio Aero Capitole player, I looked inside, saw there wasn’t a CD, and put on Ashkenazy’s Rachmanonov.
I pressed play, but different music started playing. Really different.
What did I do to fix this?
I looked inside and saw, yes, the Rachmananov CD was plainly visible. Check.
I pressed STOP, then pressed PLAY again, of course.
This should fix it right?
I mean, when your CD player starts playing something entirely different from what you put in it, this works for you, right?
OK, this was happening during an audition for a nice couple from Rhode Island. So there was an attentive audience for this show I was putting on…
Finally, the Neli of the house came over and took off the Rachmananov CD ….
… and then took off the completely black (exactly the same black as the inside of the top loading Capitole drawer by the way) De Mat that was…. on top of the CD that was underneath the Rachmanonov CD…!
Ha, ha. Very funny.
No I wasn’t trying to play two CDs at once. Yes, I do look inside the player before I just stick a CD in it. No, I wasn’t trying to invent another tweek by stacking CDs in order to improve the sound. No, it wasn’t even a demonstration to show that the player would still play with two CDs and a DE Mat inside of it.
[The De MAT is a black rubbery thing that covers the top of a CD in top loaders to improve the performance of the laser – and thereby the sound – and it works]
Oh, anyway, now everybody has forgotten all about my little ‘incident’ – well, they had until they read this post, anyway.
Back to the Jorma Design Prime interconnect.
It turns out that Mike and Jorma were right and Neli was wrong.
Hee hee hee :-)))))))
Next – what we heard at the shootout.
As a teaser, let’s just say that $7K for a one meter interconnect is looking like a helluva bargain.
I kid you not. The incremental cost for these cables above the other two brings a tremendous improvement in the listening experience.
Next – the details.
and what was the result????????Michael
Reading this is really a trip back in time. Audio Federation is celebrating our 20th anniversary this year. These shootouts were done in 2006. In any case, the subsequent post has the results of the day: https://audiofederation.com/blog/2006/05/27/jorma-design-prime-interconnect-2
Jorma Prime does this … midrange intimacy … that is really special. BUT … to get these results the cable really needs to be fully broken in — in our experience a couple weeks on Nordost’s Vidar cable burner was essential.
We have no experience with the current production of either Jorma or Stealth. If the two lines have remained true to their ‘family sound’ over the years, the Jormas will be a little more midrangey and perhaps a little richer harmonics, and the Stealth will be very clean and pure and even.