Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity - March, 2000
"The 8' pair of Analysis Plus Oval 12 that I have been listening to are $151 retail. Let me say that again - $151 retail. Yes, you read that right. No, I didn't forget a zero at the end. And yes, they are killer."
"Physically, the Oval 12 offend no one by offering a nice look and solid, if unspectacular, spade lugs. The cable is not particularly thick, but they don't feel cheap in any way. They are an ergonomic dream as far as speaker cables go, being eminently flexible and therefore simple to route anywhere you want them to go."
"The principles at Analysis Plus have, since 1993, been consultants to other companies in computer simulation of electronic and electromagnetic function. Each member of the team has an advanced degree in Electrical Engineering or Physics."
"What the Analysis Plus simply does better than any other speaker cables that I've heard in my system are three things: dynamics (micro especially), bass, and coherence." "...as I took notes for this review my comments were littered with observations about these three aspects of music reproduction. Typically, they were accompanied by adjectives that were variations on the theme of "outstanding".
"What the Oval 12's did to distinguish themselves was to allow my gear to demonstrate the important aspects of music reproduction in a way that speaker cables before them did not. Listening to the Oval 12, I realized that my system always had the potential to make more realistic, involving, and emotionally powerful music, but other speaker cables were holding it back, it seems."
"Along those same lines, what I haven't mentioned until this point in the review is that, in addition to the D.H. Labs and Audiodyne cables that the Analysis Plus were up against, I also borrowed a friend's much higher priced speaker cable from MIT. Now MITs are no slouches, and there are many of you reading this who probably have them as your reference. I didn't have the MIT installed for long, so my comments may be premature, but the Analysis Plus left them in the dust. It was not even close. The superiority of the Analysis Plus was evident." "...fornow I'm real comfortable saying that the performance of the Analysis Plus Oval 12 needs no apologies in any sonic parameter that's important to me."
"...music lovers, take me seriously. You may have a hard time accepting that $151 is all you really have to spend on top-notch speaker cables, but for most of us, it's probably true. he Analysis Plus Oval 12 is one of the surest and simplest recommendations I can make. If you are interested in value, without compromising any aspect of performance, check these out."
- Paul Knutson
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