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Bi-wiring speakers

by bloodyR / March 19, 2007 7:12 AM PDT

My Polk speakers have dual sets of binding posts (one for highs, one for lows). Currently I have only one set wired, but I was wondering if I would see any benefit if I bi-wired the speakers? I don't have the money to bi-amp (the best solution), but I would like to know if anybody out there has bi-wired their speakers and if the difference was noticeable. Thanks.

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a lot of opinions
by jostenmeat / March 19, 2007 12:54 PM PDT
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Only you can really say man. I've heard all different opinions between: doesn't matter at all, bi-wiring is best, or bi-amp is best. Different opinions between amateur audiophiles and even dealers. Don't have much to say, except that with bi-wiring I believe you are supposed to gain in performance by separating the respective impedance characteristics of the different drivers. Will you try and post back Happy

If you bi-amp, I would use the same amplifier, or you might have issues with different amounts/qualities of gain and color.

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by ..ben / March 20, 2007 1:23 AM PDT
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I just saw a write-up on this which tried to determine whether a difference was even possible, ignoring whether it made speakers sound better or worse...
http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/~jcgl/Scots_Guide/audio/biwire/Page1.html

If you want to cut right to the chase.... Happy
http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/~jcgl/Scots_Guide/audio/biwire/Page3.html

Anyway, I guess you'll just have to try it. Happy I've been wondering the same thing, too. I tried cheating, because I only have 3 Kimber 4TC cables and didn't feel like taking apart my entire room: I bi-amped one speaker using 6-ch stereo, but it just made it sound weird, sorta out-of-phase (despite my double-checking). Anyway, let us know what you find.

Best,
Ben

P.S. The following link makes me appreciate the civility of folks on this forum: lol
http://forums.audioreview.com/showthread.php?t=2858

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Bi wiring is scam to get you to buy more speaker wire.
by jcrobso / March 20, 2007 1:48 AM PDT
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It is a FAD!!!!
I dare any one to tell the difference by listing.

Do NOT confuse this with bi amping. Bi amping is where a electronic crossover is used before the amps, then separate power amps are used to drive the speakers. The most common use of this is a powered sub on 5.1
speaker systems. John

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by ..ben / March 20, 2007 2:16 AM PDT

I'm wondering how this all got started? Is it possible that someone who had long lengths of high-gauge cable decided to try this one day and it effectively gave him low-gauge cable which improved the sound over that long length? Or something.... I don't know.

Moreover, placebo effect anyone?

B

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(NT) The Emperors New Cloths Syndrome can applly. John
by jcrobso / March 21, 2007 3:12 AM PDT
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The purpose of Bi-wiring
by Rodger Rocker / November 23, 2009 7:31 AM PST
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I have tested single run and bi-wire set-up and I could hear a difference however I was not sure it necessarily sounded better. Since a lot of articles are about the improvement that comes with bi-wiring, I thought this one could give some additional perspectives.

?Why bi-wiring has no benefits? (http://www.achievum.eu/bi-wiring.html)

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