Any detrimental effects on the amp running speaker cables shotgun?

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  1. Don.K

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    Is running speaker cables shotgun more taxing for an amp?
     
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    what are speaker cables shotgun? Please pardon my ignorance.
     
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    You'll have to define what it is you are talking about.
     
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    Threatening your stereo with a shotgun will not make it sound any better. [​IMG] Threatening your salesperson might, but you will not be able to listen to it from jail very well. Using a bullet in place of a fuse will get you a mention in the Darwin Awards [​IMG]
     
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    I've never heard of that as well.

    One of the funniest posts I've seen John.
     
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    Count me in as one the baffled.
     
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    This is funny, I have spent more time trying to figure out what "running speaker cables shotgun" is than I wish to admit!

    I know that "riding shotgun" is being the co-rider; or passenger. I am going to go out on a limb here and guess that Don is talking about bi-wiring.

    Aaron
     
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    Oh that makes me feel great that I am not one of the few that didn't know what shotgun cables were. Could it be that shotgun pellets transfer the signal instead of electrons, in these cables? Just a wild guess[​IMG].
     
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    My guess is with the speaker disconnected from the cable, but still attached to the AMP... but ONLY a guess...
     
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    MIT makes a "shotgun" model cable?
     
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    Shotgunning involves the use of two sets of speaker wires. Run the first set to the + side of the speaker. Run the second set to the - side of the speaker.
    To shotgun biwire you'll need 4 sets of speaker wires and of course you'll have to remove the jumper at the speaker assuming it can be biwired.
    Ummmm...yes its safe but you'll need to obtain a federal firearms permit. Applications are at your local police station I think. Also you can't shotgun unless its shotgun season. The fish & games department should be able to tell you when it's allowed.
    I believe this is a picture of a shotgun biwired cable from Acoustic Zen...price of a nice homemade PC [​IMG]
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    Will it result in an audible improvement? I'm out of here!
     
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    Gee, if running 2 sets of wire is good, just think what an improvement 4 sets would make....
    [​IMG]
    Aaron
     
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    Ok guys, what I mean is combining the + and - side of speaker cable and using it as a single run to the + OR - terminals. So say you are using it in a normal pair of non biwired speakers, you would need 4 runs for it. Anyone tried doning that? Non of it is as dangerous a firearm, I hope [​IMG].
     
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    it boggles the mind. and if they're triwireable? why you might as well buy copper futures [​IMG]
     
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    one pair of wires from the + amp to the + speaker?
    one pair of wires from the - amp to the - speaker?
    I can't imagine any harmful affects to the amplifier in this configuration. I'd be more tempted to bi-wire instead of this shotgun scenario because of the change in soundstage and tone. [​IMG]
    Try it out and let us know. shotgun dem wires and also try bi-wire...post back!
     
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    I think it's one of those things that if I had some extra wire laying around I'd do it for the hell of it. I certainly wouldn't want to drop any significant (>0.50/ft) money on this as likely there are room treatments that can yield a definite benefit over something as speculative as this.
     
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    are these shotgun wires like 24 gauge? would this have any other effect than essentially doubling the thickness of the wire? Why not just use thicker wire?

    Someone mentioned changing the soundstage and tone? LOL - maybe it would make the speakers sound "warmer". If this shotgunning is bad - the effects can be countered by draping a black sock over the wire at any point during the run. This must be a black sock though !!!
     

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