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Which speaker cable to bi-amp with?

Discussion in 'Cables & Switches' started by pingu, Sep 23, 2005.

  1. pingu

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    I'm thinking of getting a new 7.1 AV receiver, one that can use the Surr. Back channels to bi-amp the fronts instead. So, given that I currently have the fronts cabled with Cable Talk Talk 4.1, what speaker cable should I use for the second run? The same? Or am I better off using the Talk 4.1 for the treble/bass and using something else for the other?

    Budget is "no more than Talk 4.1".

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    Can anyone help me?
     
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    I am awaiting delivery of an Arcam P7 (7.1) amp, and planning on bi-amping the L+R speakers as you describe. I have ordered Atlas Apex for the treble connections and Atlas Ascent for the Bass.

    http://www.hifi.org.uk/

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  4. CJROSS

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    Van Damme Blue/Black Series £2-4/m
    CAT5 £1/m
    T+E 50p/m

    or waste your budget on cables costing £5+
     
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    Well said.
     
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    I use Supra Rondo 4x2.5 with my Pioneer AX10i, couldn't be happier :clap:
     
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    Thanks all,

    Stoo, can't stretch to that sort of dosh mate, thanks though.

    So the message is you don't have to run the same cable and I can get all I need for less than £5/m.

    What about cable lengths? Do they have to be the same? I've currently got 2 lengths of 3m for L + R, but due to a rearrangement the amp is much closer now, so I could get away with a 1m length for the 2nd run to the R speaker - is that ok?

    Apologies for being a cabling dunce :blush:
     
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    those differences in cable length should be fine - and a lot cheaper/neater than buying the same length.
     
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    Atlas Hyper 3.0 for Centre speaker, and Altas 3.0 for the surronds. :blush:

    My current bi-amped L+R speakers have different cable lengths of Linn K400 bi-wire cable, by several metres (one's about 2m, the other is about 7m). Makes no difference at all if L+R speakers are different lengths.

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    We all start out somewhere Pingu, different lengths are fine ie use 7m for left speaker & 3m for right speaker. You may read nonsense about timing differences et al on some websites between different lengths of cable but do a search in this forum for the term propogation and you will find some very interesting threads on how fast current travels along speaker cabling. Does no harm at all to the amplifier unless your using unfeasibly long runs of cables ie 12m+ at loud volumes levels, Im afraid to say speaker at same length is another myth peddled by dealers/press as a standard line. No basis in the real world, but in the heady world of audiophilia ....... :smashin:

    1m + 3m are fine.
     
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    Yes, because then you buy more cable.

    Another 'expert' in this field is Russ Andrews, "RUSS' TOP TIP! Hi-Fi Speaker placement ... Get the speakers are far apart as you can." (Autumn 2005 Catalogue, page 26) and buy longer speaker cables from me! :rotfl:

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