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    Do your speakers allow for biamping, biwiring or neither? If so, do you biwire or biamp your speakers and what are the benefits?
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    My current main speakers are single wire only. I do have two pair which are bi-wire capable but after experimenting with bi-wiring determined it didn't make enough difference to worry about. Better jumpers did make a difference compared to the little metal strips used as jumpers however. Electrically I don't really see what the difference between bi-wiring and good jumpers would be anyhow. Well, excepting paying more for the wire.

    I suppose it is possible as one makes it further up the food chain into speakers where bi-wiring was taken into account during the design and development phase the results would be better in conjunction with better components all the way around.

    Bi-amplification, be it with a powered bass section (VS, Vandersteen, Legacy etc.) allows for tailoring of the bass response. Bi-amplification with two external amplifiers allows a certain amount of flexibility but matching things up could be both difficult and expensive. Brystons' tri-amplification prototype looks pretty interesting with a flexible line level crossover and two tailored three channel amplifiers specifically made for the speakers.

    All in one powered speakers are a non starter for me even if cost were not an issue and the big Genelecs and PMCs are not cheap. It's the "all in" concept where there isn't a lot of equipment swapping possible or system tuning.

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      Without including subs here I have several pairs of speakers that can be bi, tri wired and bi, tri amped and I play them that way. The advantage I find with multi-wiring (multiple amps using speaker's passive crossover) or mult-amping (multiple amps with active crossover) is a more realistic and natural sound.
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