anyone upgraded there speakers internals?

Hi,

I was reading a post on an American forum in the Bowers & Wilkins section and someone had replaced the cables inside a set of B&W 703 speakers and said the results where amazing. A few other people on the forum has also said they'd done the same with excellent results including changing plugs/binding posts to higher quality stuff. They did a side by side comparison of the cables and they one they had used was much thicker than the standard B&W cables.

Has anyone on here tried upgrading their cables/binding posts etc inside there speakers and did they get any improvement.

If not do you think it would give an improvement. It seems a little daft spending tens of thousands developing drivers/enclosures etc and then skimping on 18" of cable inside a speaker :suicide:

If its worth doing I might try it but, although taking some £1600 speakers apart is a little daunting to say the least :oops: :nono:
 

andy1249

Distinguished Member
Most of this type of thing is dubious to say the least , and can be completely subjective ,
I personally wouldnt be taking £1600 speakers apart over something read on a website , especially an american website , where audiofoolery is rife.

If you can personally get to hear a set of " modified " ( I want to say butchered but Im being nice ) B&W's and judge them first , and then make a decision , It might be worth considering , other than that Id leave well enough alone.
 

Phlog

Active Member
Yes, I've done it, but would agree with Andy1249 that messing about with a recent set of up-market B&W speakers would be foolish. Apart from anything else you'd probably destroy their second hand value.
 

ttdriver

Active Member
There is nothing "wrong" with changing the internal cables IMHO. It can be quite a sobering experience when you look at the cable that manufacturers use internally and compare that with the exotic cable sold to connect them to your amp/receiver etc.

Some speaker manufacturers actually offer internal upgrades that include cable. What I would say is that the manufacturer whether it be B&W or any other will have "tuned" the sound with the cables normally used internally. You may alter this with a change of cable.

I certainly do not think you will do any damage providing you are competent and careful.

My comment are purely based on Hi-Fi experience by the way, I am new to Home cinema kit.
 

Mark.Yudkin

Distinguished Member
As you say:
It seems a little daft spending tens of thousands developing drivers/enclosures etc and then skimping on 18" of cable inside a speaker.
You can therefore draw the obvious conclusion: that replacing the internal cable has no objective effect.
 

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