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#1 of 5 OFFLINE   KyleBen

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Posted July 08 2003 - 12:20 PM

What is 4 conductor speaker wire used for?

#2 of 5 OFFLINE   scott>sau

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Posted July 08 2003 - 02:14 PM

4 conductor wire is good for bi-wiring and bi-amping speakers. It is also good for the prewire phase when running ceiling speakers to volume controls and to another speaker. From the VC a 16/4 (16AWG,4-conductor)cable can go to one speaker, then split off to a 16/2 to the other speaker.

#3 of 5 OFFLINE   KyleBen

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Posted July 08 2003 - 11:11 PM

Does bi-wiring mean running two speakers off of one 4 conductor wire?

#4 of 5 OFFLINE   scott>sau

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Posted July 09 2003 - 01:16 AM

Bi-wiring would be when you would use 4-conductor wire to wire a single speaker from an amp. If the speaker has two sets of red and black terminals, one to the highs and one to the mids, or lows.
Bi-amping would use these same two speaker terminals, but use two amps.
Many audiophiles agree that bi-wiring, or bi-amping makes the sound cleaner.

#5 of 5 OFFLINE   JohnnyG

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Posted July 09 2003 - 04:35 AM

This is often used for in-wall installations too, especially for surround speakers. You run a 4 conductor cable from the front of the room to the back of the room and hook it up to banana plug wall plates on either side.