Analysis Plus Oval Nine (9 gauge) - 8ft. Pair Speaker Cables

4.51/5 (43 Reviews) MSRP : $299.00


Product Description

Patented woven design, and exclusive hollow oval cross-section. Handcrafted using special Oxygen Free copper combined with a computer-matched dielectric to give the best possible performance.


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Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by levinhhung a Casual Listener

Date Reviewed: May 25, 2009

Bottom Line:   
I think most of the reviews on this site is not true
I bought this cable and it sound awesome with Rotel and Dynaudio 52
but after 2 years I suddenly found out these cales got corrosion badly
I was shocked
I thought I may upgrade to silver line but I did not
I bought Transparent super XL instead
Thanks AP for 2 years exellent service

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Casual Listener

Product model year:   2006



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by slinder a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: February 5, 2005

Bottom Line:   
These cables saved my thousands of dollars. I had grown weary of the harsh, grainy upper treble I was getting with my system. I was considering new speakers and/or a new CD player. I decided to give the Audio Analysis Oval 9s a try to see if my eight year old Discovery 123 cables might be the problem as the system sounded much better through headphones.

The sound improved almost immediately upon installation. Lower midrange on violin strings was much better. As the cables broke in (I still don't understand why a cable should get better as it is used, but it certainly seems to be so), I felt the sound stage push back and the gritty, in-your-face sound of my old cables disappeared. There was much more "air" around those pesky massed strings when they are digitized. Over the past few days the bass has been improving daily. I really enjoy listening to my system now and can listen for hours at a time without fatigue. A real revelation!

Highly recommended for the price.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2004

Price Paid:    $347.00

Purchased At:   Audio Advisor



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ecclezia a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: August 18, 2004

Bottom Line:   
I have been using a pair of single-wire Oval 9s on loan for three weeks as stand-ins for my Nordost Blue Heavens which are being re-terminated for single-wire connection. I estimate I have put in about 60 hours of listening time, so burn-in issues must be considered (though I don't completely buy the "not best until 500 hours burn-in" stories").

While I don't think these cables are entirely neutral (no cable is), I think they are excellent value. They image fairly well (wide enough though not very deep), are very good in the lower frequencies and generally provide a warmer overall sound than the Blue Heavens. I wonder if they are slightly more rolled off in the upper mids to highs than the Blue Heavens, as they don't seem to have the same air and space the Blue Heavens project. Nevertheless, the overall presentation is highly engaging and never fatiguing.

I am also quite impressed with the terminations, which are chunky spades and seem to have been done with care. But the thick protrusions immediately below the spade ends did give me some problems when connecting the speaker ends, as my speaker terminals have "tap" handles which are partially obstructed by the AP spades.

In our market, the Oval 9s retail for about one-third less than the Blue Heavens (this is comparing bi-wire Blue Heavens with single-wire Oval 9s, so the retail price difference between single-wire runs may be a less than 30%). With their performance and price, I could happily have settled for the Oval 9s if my Blue Heavens had to be replaced. As it is, I still think the Blue Heavens are marginally better (a little more transparent and slightly better on transients), but with the price difference factored in, I have to say I think the Oval 9s would be better value.

My system comprises Krell KPS-20i CD player, KAV-250p and 150a pre/power amps (connected by balanced Blue Heavnens) and Sonus faber Cremona speakers.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2003



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by epiphany a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: November 7, 2003

Bottom Line:   
I'm in the process of demoing the Oval 9 along with the Oval 12. My existing cable is the Cardas Quadlink 5c. I also have some Audioquest type 4, for reality check comparison to budget cable.

The Analysis Plus (AP) cabling is definitely a quality product and a good to excellent value. Having said this, I still prefer the Cardas. The AP is a bit leaner in the mids. It has a clean, apparently neutral presentation. The Cardas sound fuller, more fleshed out in the mids, dimensional. The Cardas is the warmer and more romantic sounding of the two. Bass was about equal, but my speakers don't produce the last octave. Treble was a bit cleaner with more sparkle with the AP. The AP may be more accurate and truthful. In my system though, the Cardas seems the more synergistic match. Perhaps, the AP is too revealing of flaws upstream. I can't say for sure, but in the end you have to go with your ears and what provides best sound to you.

I liked the Oval 12 too and think it's a great value. It was a bit less revealing and didn't have dynamics of the 9, but it's pretty close for less money. If you've got budget gear, get the 12 it will work better. My budget pick is still DH Labs Silver Sonic.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   demo



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by BigSwede a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: December 20, 2002

Bottom Line:   
Hmmm, one guy doesn't like them because they are too forward, another guy doesn't like them because the high end goes away. Welcome to the wonderful world of audio cables.

I am not a golden ear with a bottomless pocketbook, but over the last year I have been upgrading my 15 year old system, and auditioning a lot of hardware, including cables. As I made judicious use of used and demo equipment, I didn't spend more than $500 for any one piece (though many components retailed for around $1,000), and I won't do so for my speaker cables either, so I can't compare them to any mega-expensive cables.

So anyway, what about the Oval Nine? I think the bottom line is simple - these cables sound right. Nothing is over-emphasised, and more importantly nothing is missing either.

Some of the comments of previous reviews are mystifying, I read them and disagree with pretty much everything they are saying. The only explanation I can find is they didn't break them in fully. I have heard 300 hours is needed, and after going through it I agree.

These are not cables that will knock you out of your chair at first listen. They grow on you (quickly) until you realize the zing you heard in other cables is artificial and un-natural.

For reference, my system resides at the upper end of the mid-fi spectrum:
Amp: Rotel RB-990BX
Preamp: Rotel RC-995
CD: Denon AR-1650R
Speakers: Polk Audio Monitor 10B

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   10 foot length




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