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Analysis Plus Silver Oval - 8ft. Pair
14 Reviews
rating  4.5 of 5
MSRP  499.00
Description: This unique cable is made by layering pure silver over a stabilizer strand of Oxygen Free copper, which is then woven into a 12-gauge hollow-oval conductor. It is combined with a computer-matched dielectric to give the ultimate in performance.


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Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Ryan a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: March 10, 2002

Bottom Line:   
Silver Oval in my systems has the most state of the art soundstaging I have heard from any cable. I found it to be lacking in transparency and rhythm to a large degree. If you have a very bright system that needs to be tamed and place a high value on soundstage width this might be your cable. I don't think it is a very bad cable, but you can do much better with Acoutic Zen Satori for the same price. I don't mean to offend the rave reviews, but I didn't see that there had been comparisons with either Harmonic Tech or Acoustic Zen which both better the Silver Oval

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2000



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Lanny Dalton a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: December 31, 2001

Bottom Line:   
At first I was sort of disapointed in the sound of this cable,but,patience is a virtue!You MUST let it burn-in for at least 200+hours before you can really expect it to show its full potential!At first it sounds fairly good out of the box,then it sounds worse-bright and thin,then it begins to sound really great!The air,imaging,and inner-detail are extraordinary after break-in!Vocals,especially female,are great!Top-end extension is excellent also.The only complaint I've I still have with this cable in my particular system,is a slight thinness and forward sound.I also use the LAT International SS-1000D cables in my system.The LATs are great cables also!In areas of midrange tonal accuracy,harmonic accuracy,bass extension,and overall frequency response smoothness and naturalness the LATs were slightly better than the silver ovals,but,in my particular set-up I felt that the silver ovals had slightly better top-end extension,image width,inner-detail,and better vocal articulation than the LATs.So I got an[expensive]idea:What if I run a pair of LATs AND a pair of Analysis-Plus silver ovals to my Paradigm Studio 100V2 loudspeakers to the same binding posts[Tweeter-midrange section]and keep the straps on the posts for the bass section,since I'm using powered HSU Research subwoofers and HSU subwoofer amps for the bass [91 hz.and below]anyway?Well,I did and its a match made in heaven in my particular system!Now I have a combination of exceptional clarity,top-end extension,vocal articulation,detail,harmonic accuracy,midrange and vocal body,upper bass power,and killer dynamics!WHAT A COMBO!In this set-up,each cable compiments the others strengths and eliminates all the minor weaknesses of each one!For some reason,the Analysis-Plus cables in particular,sound better and more dynamic,etc.,when either paired with another cable,or with two pairs of the silver ovals used together!I am EXTREMELY PLEASED with this combination and couldn't be happier!If anyone out there has had similar experiences with the silver oval working best paired up,or paired up with another brand of cable,let me know by E-mail as this is very odd!The silver oval AND the LATs are fairly huge steps above the Kimber 4TC and to a lesser degree above the Analysis-Plus oval 12.The silver ovals are Highly Recommended,but,be very patient with the burn-in time! My system consists of:Two pair of Paradigm Reference Studio/100v2 loudspeakers[EXCEPTIONAL LOUDSPEAKERS],two HSU Research HRSW12VA subwoofers with outboard amps with built-in crossovers set at 91hz @24 db/octave,high and low pass,Carver A-760x power amp,Carver CT-24 preamp,Sony ES CD changer,Music Hall MMF-5 turntable with a Goldring 1042 cartridge and a Monolithic Sound PS-1 phono stage,and LAT IC200 Mark II interconnects.

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $540.00

Purchased At:   Audiowaves



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by James a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: August 18, 2001

Bottom Line:   
At first, I had these on backwards...the dealer who sold them to me as a demo had either mislabeled them, or, my system is extremely sensitive (I think the former).

When I had them on backwards, they were very laid back, overly smooth, lacked detail and transparency...

When I then tried them in reverse, they were entirely different. These cables added the transparency, eveness in timbre, and extension back into my system that was missing when I replaced the MIT w/ the van den hul. The van den hul was good, but was too rounded and had very slight congestion in the upper mid-range.

I am running a 6ft pair.
system:
Denon DCM 5000
Cal 2500 SSP
Sony S7700
Bryston 7B ST
Citation 5.1
PSB Stratus Goldi
MIT T3 digital cables
XLO digital cables
MIT MI 330




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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   online



Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Thekepat Sudesh a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: May 4, 2001

Bottom Line:   
The sound seems to be too rounded and the presentation seems to be too thin for my liking, also real high-end extension is missing. The sound stage is pretty decent.
Beaten hollow by the Nordost Blue heaven cables which were far more detailed & a crisp clean presentation w/ a solid midrange.
My system:
Sony XA3ES
Acoustic Zen Matrix reference cables
Axiom Passive preamp
Halcro dm58
Nordost Blue heaven / Silver Ovals
Talon Khorus

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $499.00



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Brian a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: February 17, 2001

Bottom Line:   
I have just replaced Nordost Red Dawn speaker cable with the AP Silver Oval. The Nordost was twice as expensive. The AP does so many important things better than the Nordost in my system. I am genuinely surprised, even shocked, that a cable in this price range can sound this good. I don't know if it will work as well in every system, but it sure does the trick in mine. I have a very neutral, revealing system, so cable differences are easily apparent. And the AP is so 'skinny'. I was one of those people who assumed that thick, heavy cable was inherently superior; well, I guess not.
System:
Pass Labs Aleph 3
Sonic Frontiers Line-2
EAR 834P
Sonic Frontiers SFCD-1 (w/ Valvo NOS tubes)
Oracle Delphi Mk.V/Rega 900/Goldring Excel VX
Dynaudio 1.3 Mk.ll
Silver Audio 6.0 and 4.0 interconnects

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   1999




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