Bi-Wire Speakers

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  1. memphisuklf

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    Altering my seating area in my living room and need to move my bi-wired surround speakers.
    Need to extend the speaker wire my approx 4 metres per speaker and was just wondering the best way to extend these. The cable I have now wasn't cheap and didn't want to have to start again with new speaker wire and was hoping there was a reasonable alternative without losing sound quality.
    Any advice appreciated.
     
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    Unless you are bi-amping as well, I wouldn't bother with bi-wiring - especially not for surround speakers. It is just a waste of extra cable IMO. As far as I know, there is no way of "extending" existing speaker cable without a drop in sound quality, as you would be introducing extra joints. The question is whether this drop in quality would be noticable... If I were you, I would get some cheaper, longer speaker cable and not bother with bi-wiring. Something like this should be perfectly adequate...
     
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    I am looking at bi-wiring as I have. Lost the interconnects on back of speakers. Would soldering the wires do the trick?
     
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    Never mind the interconnects (bridges) on the back - cut two small lengths of speaker wire and use them instead. A lot of people on here do that. And re: soldering, if you have spent good money on speaker cables, you would be doing them and yourself a disservice by soldering them to other cable as an extension... I would still prefer to just get new cable and not bother bi-wiring. What cable have you got already?
     
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    Got qed speaker wire. Do you think that the bi-wiring is pointless/noticeable then?
     
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    I personally think bi-wiring is pointless. I have not been able to detect any difference between single and bi wiring. Bi-amping is a different story though - search the forums, there are quite a few discussions on the topic.
     
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    Thanks for the replies. Bi-amping not in the question. Only got the one receiver.
    Will get some new cable and see if I can notice any difference.

    Cheers
     
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    Hi your 667 can bi-amp the front speakers connect the extra cables to the surround side\back(sorry don't know what your amp calls them exactly) if you have a set of rear surround connected then its the other set and then go into the menu and turn bi-amp on

    Robert
     
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    I know how to bi-amp the speakers. That's not what the problem is. Thanks for replying anyway. Thinking of just bi-amping the front speakers, and leaving the backs. Would that be possible?
     
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    Leaving the backs as in not connecting them? Yes, that is entirely possible, but it is up to you to decide if you can live without surround speakers. I couldn't :)
     
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    No, I didn't mean not attaching them. just not bi-wiring them.
     
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    You can have the fronts biamped and the rears as single cables with no problems.
     
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    That's what i was trying to get at. My front speakers are bi-amped through the rear surrounds on the amp and am using bi-wire for the surrounds(2x hf, 2x lf). If I bridge the rears and use single wire to connect these will I lose much clarity in the surrounds or would it not be noticeable?

    Sorry for the noob questions, its been a while since I messed with it all.
     
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    There will be no loss of clarity or sound quality from the rears if you change to a single cable of reasonable size. Just get some 2.5mm oxygen free copper cable for the rears and you will be fine.
     
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    Thanks for the info
     
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    On a separate note, do you think it will be fine for surrounds to be placed on back wall about 4 feet behind seating area. They will be about 8 - 10 feet apart.
    Currently have them on side wall but just concerned about the distance between seating area and speakers.
     
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    The rears should be fine 4 foot back. In fact it will give distance for the sound to disperse which is ideal. You do not want rear speakers right next to your ears since you want a dispersed sound.
     

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