"Best Cable I Have Yet Auditioned in My System"
Black Mesh Oval Nine is the newest version of the bestselling Analysis Plus Oval Nine speaker cable. It retains all of the critical features of original Oval Nine but now has better connectors and a dielectric with a faster rise time for better performance. Analysis Plus also optimized the oval geometry for even more uniform current distribution.
The conductor of the Beijing Symphony remarked that Oval Nine was the most realistic cable he'd ever heard for classical music reproduction. The unique geometry of Oval Nine's hollow oval cross-section design with braided conductors requires handcrafted termination. Each cable requires over an hour of handwork to complete, but the added benefits are worth the extra care.
Outperforms Way More Expensive Cables
"Analysis Plus Oval 9 copper cable is excellent," reports Michael Fremer in Stereophile. "It outperformed my (very expensive but no longer available) Yamamura 6000."
"The Oval Nine speaker cable is a Reviewers' Choice product if there ever was one," marvels Ian White in the June 2000 SoundStage! "Oval Nine increased transparency, low-end resolution, and depth right out of the box."
"Taken as a totality, this is the best cable I have yet auditioned in my system," says Stuart McCreary in the May 2000 issue of Stereo Times.
Revolutionary Hollow Oval Conductor Design
Analysis Plus is uniquely qualified as an authority on speaker cable design. The Flushing, Michigan-based company earned its reputation testing and analyzing cables for leading cable manufacturers whose names you'd recognize in a flash. After examining the best, Analysis Plus decided it could do even better by developing its own proprietary hollow-oval conductor design.
Why the unique conductor geometry? Mark Markel and Qinwei Sun, the chief engineers at Analysis Plus, determined that round cable used in conventional speaker cable designs has high levels of current bunching, skin effect phenomenon, and other frequency characteristics that degrade signal quality. Rectangular conductors were a little better, but these suffered high electric field values caused by sharp corners which can also cut into and injure the dielectric when the cable is flexed.
After many computer simulations, Analysis Plus found that a hollow oval cable was the best design due to its minimal change in resistance with frequency, plus other benefits. The company chose a flexible, braided conductor rather than the conventional solid conductor, which is susceptible to kinks and deformations with resulting signal degradation. A unique woven pattern places every wire statistically as close to the return current as every other wire for evenly distributed high-current density and superior sound.
Oval Nine incorporates a patent-pending woven design in which every conductor wire is statistically as close to the return current as every other wire. The result is evenly distributed current density that adds up to better signal transfer than conventional solid-conductor cable designs. The conductor consists of high-purity oxygen free copper combined with a computer-matched dielectric to give the best possible performance.
So, does all this cutting edge design and technology add up to a lot of money? Nope. "The Oval Nine speaker cable is so good and so inexpensive that it really deserves, and gets, a solo review, says Stuart McCreary in Stereo Times. "The big-buck cable boys are going to have a COW over this one."
"The most amazing thing about the Oval Nine, aside from its stellar performance, is the fact that it only costs $299," marvels Ian White in SoundStage!. "How do they do it? I don’t know. Quite frankly, I don’t care. After my time with this cable, all I could think about was how good it made my system sound."
"I've never heard a cable sound spectacular right out of the box, but the Oval Nine speaker cable threw me a nasty split-finger fastball. Not only did the sound improve in the areas of transparency and low-end resolution, but there was an added sense of depth to almost every recording that I tried."
"Tracy Chapman's latest release, Talking Stories [Elektra CD 62478], sounded absolutely brilliant with the Analysis Plus cables in the chain. It was certainly easier to pick up the little nuances of her fingering on the guitar with the Oval Nine. The added transparency was a positive aspect on well-recorded CDs."
"The most amazing thing about the Oval Nine, aside from its stellar performance, is the fact that it only costs $299. How do they do it? I don't know. Quite frankly, I don't care. After my time with this cable, all I could think about was how good it made my system sound."
- Ian White, SoundStage!, June 2000
"The Oval Nine speaker cable is so good and so inexpensive that it really deserves, and gets, a solo review. The big-buck cable boys are going to have a COW over this one."
"Oh, heck, you get the picture - we seldom get true balance and superb performance in each major category: bass, midrange, treble dynamics & sound staging. This cable is very good to superb in each of these categories and as is so often the case in audio, the whole exceeds the sum of the parts. Taken as a totality, this is the best cable I have yet auditioned in my system."
- Stuart McCreary , Stereo Times, May 2000
|Write Your Own Review|
I was using top-of-the-line Monster Cable M-Series speaker cables with my B&W 804 speakers until I tried these based on the recommendation of an audiophile friend. The difference right out of the box was unbelievable - especially the improvement in bass. The treble was also much clearer. I've been told these take 200 hours to break in and cannot wait to hear what they will sound like then.
|- Moses P, GA|
|I Am Thrilled|
Having audition many of the best brands of speaker cables out there I would say these AP cable are the most accurate and truthful. Now I loved the Cardas Clear cables which sounded rich and romantic. However, for me I couldnt get past the price of the Cardas. These AP cables seem to be the best compromise for me. Not quiet as romantic sounding, but extremely neutral. Treble is clean and precise - never bright or over-etched. Bass is amazing. The only cable I've heard that compares is the Cardas at twice the price. If you cant justify the long dollars for the Cardas, get these and you will be thrilled - just like I am.
|- J.T., RI|
|You Can't Go Wrong Here|
The Oval 9 bi-wire was an outstanding upgrade to my system. For me there is no going back. Now the sound coming from a bipolar spreakers is astonishingly close to that of my friends super-mega-buck $$$ towers for a fraction of the price. The sound of a snare drum is hard to reproduce but the oval 9s reproduce it very well with my 300B monoblocks also add airiness in the sound. No, you can't go wrong with the Analysis Plus Oval 9s. You will be dancing with joy. Kudos to Analysis Plus and cheers
|- Just Peter, CO|
|Recommended - Great Value|
I used to be a speaker cable skeptic. However, this cable changed my mind. When the time came to get longer runs of cable for a new room, I auditioned several brands and the differences between the Analysis Plus and other bigger name brands were not subtle. Compared against Oval 9s, the big-name cables sounded thin and "hi-fi". Oval 9s do wonderful things with voices; bass control is also far better. It's just more natural. I liken the difference to a significant amplifier upgrade, but for significantly less money. These cables are also very flexible, fairly flat and unobtrusive. Great value! Great product! Recommended.
|- Jasper G, ID|
|OUstanding Cables For the Price|
I have found Oval 9s to be the most musical speaker cables that I have had in my system. They offer a luxurious rich full natural organic sounding midrange which complemented my B&W speakers nicely - which although warm, benefited from a touch more warmth offered by the Oval 9. The bass of the 9's is very strong and tight and they have nice highs that are delicate and shimmer without sounding harsh. In my system and to my ears, these are one of the most musical speaker cables around for the price. A friend who also has Oval 9 speaker cables tells me they sound very close to the sound of his Transparent Ultra XL cables which cost like ten times as much.
|- Andy R, VA|
Getting this cable actually saved me a lot of money. I was thinking of getting new speaker or a new system front end, but decided to try new cables because I noticed my headphones soudned so much better than my speakers. The sound improved immediately after I installed them. I noticed the lower midrange on violin strings was much better. As the cables broke in the sound stage opened up and sounded clearer - like I had washed a dirty window. There was more "air" around massed strings which had sounded all bunched together. 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. Listening to this cable has been a real revelation!
|Niles J Smith|
|Everything Just Sounds Right|
I don't claim to be one of those 'golden-eared' audiophiles and I don't have an unlimited budget but over the past year I have been carefully upgrading and updating my audio system. In the process I have been trying lots of new equipment and - speaker cables. I listened to everything I could get my hands on under $2,000 which sounds like a lot but not compared to the cost over everthing else in my system. Compared with everything I tried I liked the Oval 9s best because they just sound right. Nothing is over-emphasized and nothing is lacking, either. These won't blow you away at the first listen. They take time to break in. After 20 hours they sound much better. After 100 they're starting to sound pretty amazing. After 300, I decided I couldnt live without them. Give'm a try.
|- Lars G, CT|
Warm sounding. Highly flexible. Great design and construction. Plenty of bass - not over-emphasized but powerful and deep. Never bright sounding - not even with harsh-sounding recording. I don't know how they manage that. Order with Analysis Plus T1 spades, the cost more, but they are the best!
|- Gabriel X, AZ|
|Neutral, Transparent and Amazing Sound|
I was very skeptical about spending $600 on these cables, however, one month in now and these cables are the most neutral, transparent and detailed cables I've ever heard. Using with MartinLogan Theos speakers which I purchased at the same time. After install the Theos speakers I experimented with older Tara Labs and AudioQuest speaker cables I had laying around, then plugged in the Oval 9s. Wow! Huge improvement in the soundstage width and depth plus the clarity of the treble and even the bass improved. They take the Theos speakers to a whole new level of performance. If you own good quality speakers and want the best sound you need to invest in quality cables. There are no short-cuts.
|- Byron L, KY|
|Who would have thunk it?|
These are simply amazing! Sound staging, articulation, and accuracy are perfect. Try them and youll believe too.
|- Terry F, TN|
|The best for this price point|
Ive owned 12 different sets of speaker cables, and these are far and away the best. Soundstaging,, accuracy and detail are all superb.
|- Terry F, TN|