I wouldn't hesitate to use either, but(if I were you)- I'd be strongly attracted to the Ovals. I've got Kimber 8TC, going to my actively bi-amped woofers and Big Silver Ovals, going to my main speakers. I've been very happy with both. I hadn't looked at the Analysis Plus site in some time. Now I'm thinking about 2 X 8' of Silver APEX. Thanx, pal!
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Whatever you purchase for SC’s just buy a standard pair non bi-wire and use jumpers at the binding post on the speakers removing the cheap straps. There’s more than one way to connect speaker cable w/jumpers and the configuration will vary so you have to experiment and pick what you prefer.
Not to pitch Nordost, but this link, page 2 describes what I am referring to. Whatever you end up buying I’d recommend buying their jumpers just to keep it simple.
I use the bottom of the three configurations as shown with my Aerial’s and can tell the difference. Again you have to try the three and pick what you prefer if you hear a difference.
I wouldn’t bother bi-wiring, but- if you do, refer to the site posted by adg101, and carefully read the first and second lines under the heading, "The Does and Don’ts of Bi-Wiring ". Spending what you would on a bi-wire pair of Oval 9s, on an improved single run, might be preferable. Here's a thought, though I don't know what length you require: https://www.usedcable.com/analysis-plus-big-silver-oval-bananas-8ft-2-5m-pair-speaker-cables.html
So I hooked up my Kimber 8tc’s this morning and have been listening to music all day. Mostly on the radio. I have a Kenwood KT 8300 that’s been worked on that sounds pretty good, plus we have a great NPR station in Louisville, WFPK that plays a lot of good music. The first thing I noticed is that my stereo sounds different. At first I couldn’t decide if was better or not. The more I listened the more I liked it. When the news came on at 5 , I couldn’t shut the music off for news. Since I wasn’t drinking or anything else, this was significant.
A few minutes ago I put an Analogue Pressings re-master of Cat Stevens
“Tea for the Tillerman”. Listening to that right now and I have to tell you that I never thought a pair of speaker cables could make so much difference. This is my go to record to see if changes make a difference and the difference is not minor to my ears. This comes from a skeptical person who doesn’t believe in much unless there is data to back it up. The sound is much fuller and richer. The soundstage seems much larger. I realize this may just be my imagination, but today these are my impressions.
Well, straight up I'll tell you what i thought , YMMV .
The Kimber was tighter,faster and clearer .AA sounded more like live music
and played better with other brands .Listen to FM , when people talk the Kimber has a hard edge to voices and AA sounds like people really talk .Most people are so used to that "Hi-Fi" edge they prefer it over reality IMO .
They are really close. Both sound really good. I’ve been listening to the oval 9’s for the last 10 days or so and I’m going to change back to the Kimber’s tomorrow. I think Schubert May be right about the Kimbers clearer and cleaner sounding. I just need to decide which ones I like the best. I could live with either and not be disappointed.
I hope this test is not going to send me down the proverbial rabbit hole. There are things I like about both sets of cables. The clarity of the Kimbers is outstanding, but I think the Oval 9’s are more organic and fuller sounding. So I was thinking, wonder what some of the Analysis plus silve speaker cables would be like. Maybe the best of both?
The oval nine is coherent , same from bottom to top .Most rock is recorded with a "bump" at around 120hz to simulate bass . Almost every rocker hears real bass , clean sound from around 32hz on up as "flat " , no money in that .
The Kimber is not really any clearer but less bass fools you into thinking
it is , many cables are made like this because the market is 90% rock .
Guys at AA are most skilled engineers in the business and make something based on on non-amplified music aka reality .
Why dont you contact the Cable Company and audition the Analysis Plus Silver Apex speaker cables? They may be the best of both worlds.I purchased two RCA Silver Apex interconncects (1st purchase was a cable companly loan of the silver apex, Cardas Clear, Audience AG) and I has purchased the Morrow Elite interconnect(1st of the copper rollout)I loved the Silver Apex's and the Morrow went back for a refund as I thought the recommended burn in was crazy and the Silver Apex stomped on them. 1st cable replaced a cheap set of Harmonic Technology interconnects betwen my pass labs amp and my home built pass labs Bride of Zen preamp. Made a huge difference!! Then I replaced the 2 meter Tara Labs RSC air between my Pass Labs XONO preamp and the BOZ preamp. Everything was more musical and the noisefloor lowered(if it actually could). My SOTA Cosmos turntable has a Nordost Tyre phono cable. For 10 years or more, Ive been using the copper Tara Labs RSC speaker cables to feed my Dynaudio Special 25'sIm soooo impressed with Analysis Plus cables, I will audition the Silver Apex speaker cables as soon as I can afford them. I wonder if they will make the system brighter? But I know they will greatly improve the sound..Cant wait to try them
I have the newer version of the oval 9’s. I think they are great. I owned Nordost speaker cables previously and in every way the oval 9’s do a better job for me. I’ve had the Kimber in a bedroom system years back and thought they were good too, but choosing between the 2, my preference is the oval 9’s.