AntiCables Reference 3 Speaker cables – A follow-up

by Martin Appel on October 14, 2015 · 7 comments

in Cables

My colleague, Karl Sigman reviewed the AntiCables level 3 speaker cables. The buzz around these cables, high performance for very low cost, was reported in his review. The focus of his review was to use it for a small, introductory system that made sense in keeping the costs matching the level of equipment.

Paul Speltz, AntiCables designer and owner’s mission is to provide products that will be affordable to a very wide market and with performance levels that challenge cables costing 5 times their price. A pair of Reference 3 speaker cables arrived and I was amazed at how different, physically speaking, these cables were than anything I’ve come in across in all the years I’ve been involved with Hi-End audio. They’re thin, solid core, highly annealed continuous cast high purity oxygen free copper that are fairly rigid and the bright red color is due to the very thin coating of plastic dielectric used. They come with specific instructions on how to uncoil the wires in order to best maintain their integrity and performance characteristics.

Like all things new they needed a substantial burn-in period. 100 hours is the minimum recommendation but I’ve found that they achieve their best result around double that.

I was immediately struck by the speed and neutrality these cables exhibited along with a transparency that was vibrant and exciting. Musical timbre is not compromised and neither are dynamics. These are two critical areas that many manufacturers get wrong but these inexpensive AntiCables wires hit the proverbial nail on the head. The full power of the orchestra is there for the taking. For less than $270.00 you can have a nine foot pair ready to go. Your friends will believe they are listening to high quality cables.

Of course, there are areas where they fall short as compared to the very best out there. The solidity and roundness of the images and the three dimensionality of the soundstage are such areas. The sonic presentation is flatter and more two dimensional than one can attain with more expensive examples.

Speltz has created an enormous opportunity for budding audiophiles, as well as the more experienced, to improve their sound systems at a price that will delight.  There are no better bargains in all of hi-end audio.

In the final analysis, I have come to the same conclusions that my colleague Karl Sigman reached and feel very comfortable recommending them for a wide variety of high end systems.

AntiCables Reference 3 Speaker Cables

AntiCables Audio Company Inc.
11200 Stillwater Blvd. N. Suite 104B
Lake Elmo, MN 55042
USA

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Phone: 651-735-0534
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admin 10.14.15 at 1:27 pm

Thanks for the follow up, Marty. Karl spoke so highly of the cables. I got to meet Paul at RMAF. A lovely man with a singular idea. To produce great cables at a fraction of the cost of the behemoths.

And you’re both right, they look very different. And very cool.

Cheers, a

David T. Brown 10.16.15 at 2:49 am

Oy vey.

Tim K 10.28.15 at 6:20 pm

I’ve been using Anticables for about three years now and I find them very satisfying. I struggled for years using high end cables and getting mismatch sound depending on the components used – i.e. cable A works great with component B, but sounds thin or shrill with component C. Trying to keep on top of matching things just became exhausting (and expensive). The Anticables give a more consistent and neutral performance with whatever combination of components and speakers I have used them with. Yes, there are better if you have the time and money to correctly match your equipment, but if you want a solid and simple solution, Anticable is hard to beat.

Alan P 01.14.16 at 4:29 pm

I have been using Anticables for more than a year now and they were the best cables available for the price by a long shot! I understand that a reviewer must find something negative to say about such inexpensive speaker cables but the question I would have liked to ask Martin Appel and Karl Sigman is how much does one have to pay to get the subjective improvement in three dimensionality that he is talking about ? My system is only worth approximately $12,000; because the amount for the next step up in cables is significant, I invested a fraction of the difference in Aticables power cords and the new USB cable. I got Great BANG for the buck…

Martin Appel 02.16.16 at 11:18 am

Hi Alan, sorry I took so long to get back to you. It’s impossible to put a dollar amount that directly correlates to sonic improvement for several reasons. One is that we all hear differently. What one person likes does not often agree with what another person likes and this personal preference is in play no matter what the cost of the cables.
Another factor is the interaction between between equipment and cables. Again, the only way to know this is to audition them in your system and no matter how expensive or highly touted they may be only your ears should make the sonic decision. Obviously your available funds are a limiting factor.
I don’t know if you’ve read my review of their latest interconnects but they were fantastic and will be replacing some very highly regarded cables costing three times the price.
This hobby is all about trial and error and the art of creating a system has no cut and dry rules. Your decisions in buying equipment should be made with your ears and not with your eyes. It is very easy to be influenced by external factors that have nothing to do with sound quality and end up with unsatisfactory choices and then wondering how you messed up. It’s all part of the journey.
I hope my rambling helps and thanks for reading the magazine.

Keep listening
Martin Apperl

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