For the past few months I have been using some Analysis Plus cable through-out my system (the positive synergy of using one cable brand exclusively is usually a good thing) and it has made a noticeable difference in a number of areas including tightness of bass, precision of imaging (the placement of instruments across the virtual stage) and a pleasant smoothness in the mids and highs, all definitely without sacrificing an iota of resolution.
In fact, the ability of the system to resolve details like the resonance of a sax bell or the bright clear ringing of a cymbal is frightening.
My CD player is connected to the Bel Canto integrated amp using the Analysis Plus Copper Oval-In ($269 per one meter pair) and my speakers are being fed via a pair of the Oval 9 speaker cables ($347 per eight-foot pair).
This may seem extravagant for wire, but as I continue to preach, music is important to readers of this magazine, and a few hundred bucks to get more pleasure out of the hundreds or even thousands of CDs and LPs in those hard-fought- for collections is money well spent.
But don't panic: It is possible to spend a bit less and still get a pretty good dose of the Analysis Plus benefit.
Stepping up from that cheap lamp-cord speaker wire and those five-buck interconnects can really make a difference in your system's sound.