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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?
    Only single wiring
    Only single amping or biamping
    Only single amping or biwiring
    The magilla: Single amping, biwiring and/or biamping
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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.


    • #3
      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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