Question about Bi-Wiring?

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  1. greggor

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    I have been considering Bi-Wiring a set of paradigm Studio 60,S, and Studio CC. One of the options I have been considering is to purchase some Bi-Wiring cables, and run the cables from the reciever to the speaker into both sets of binding posts. If I chose to to do this how much if any of an improvement would be gained? Is anyone else the Forum currently using this type of setup?
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    After Biwiring my Studio 40's I saw a slight difference in the mids and highs.... If you can get yourself an affordable set of Biwires, it's worth the upgrade... IMHO of course....
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    Thanks for the reply,
    Could you recommend a quality set of cables for me? I was at my local dealer today and he had a set of "terminators" I think that was the brand, for $399.00. A little pricy IMO.
    This obviously didn't include the center channel wire which was another $150.00.
    I have also considered building my own set of cables. What would I need to use to achieve the same quality as buying manufactured Bi-Wiring cables?
    Thanks for your help.
    Greg
     
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    I have my Paradigm Ref Studio 20s and CC birwired with DH Labs Silver Sonics T-14 speaker cable and I am very satisfied with the sound quality. I think it does make a difference but the results can vary. I think it is something you would need to try and decide for yourself.
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    I have the studio 60's. I have them Bi-amplified with 2 arcam amps. This is really the way to go (bi-amped over bi-wired). They sound fantastic, very detailed and uncolored. Wee!
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  7. Brett DiMichele

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    Greggor,
    My personal beleief is that cable companies are ripping
    people off and the people pay the money blindly. Even
    the so called "Affordable" cable companies are over
    priced.
    A set of high end Bi-Wires should never cost more than
    $200.00 a pair there is not much involved in materials.
    I fabricated my own Bi-Wire sets for less than $80.00
    that I would put against ANY $300.00 - $1000.00 pair
    of "Botique" sets and I beleive you would see absolutely
    no diffrence. Infact I think you would be hard pressed to
    see a diffrence over the traditional single wired pair.
    I went to www.partsexpress.com and I ordered 100'
    of thier Sound King 99.999% Oxygen Free Copper 12 Gauge PVC
    encased wire. I then went to www.radioshack.com and
    ordered the nikel silver plated 9 leaf banana plugs which
    cost me $0.60 cents each. I had a friend in the UK send me
    30' of Alpha Expandable Nylon Braided Sleeve (you can buy
    this at places on the net that carry bulk networking supplies.
    All the banana terminations were silver soldered to the wire
    using a good heavy gauge Radio Shack 60/40 Silver solder
    with rosin in the core. Since the banana plugs are thick
    brass it requires lots of heat to get the solder to flow
    into the wire and into the plug so I used a propane torch
    though a butane torch would also work.
    Are you up to this DIY Project? I think you will be much
    more proud when the job is complete to say "Hey I did this"
    and "Dang they look great and sound great!"
    I will post pictures on the net, I am just waiting for my
    Alpha Braiding to get here from the UK so that I can sheath
    the cable runs inside that which is merly for asthetic
    reasons only.
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  8. greggor

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    Thanks again for the replys,
    Brett,
    Are you installing line conditioners in your speaker cables? If so, what are you using.
    I am interested in hearing more details about your project. let me know how it turns out.
    Greg
     
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    Greggor,
    Nope no line conditioners just straight 12Ga Bi-Wires.
    My cable runs are not that long and I wasn't too woried
    about emi or signal degredation. I would say if EMI was
    a major concern you could always Gamma Braid the 4 12Ga
    conductors.
    The wires are done I just don't have them inside the nylon
    braid yet. They are in use and they sound great.
     
  10. Kevin Webb

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    A great source about bi-wiring and bi-amping is the What Hi Fi? web site, http://www.whathifi.com
    I'll let everyone know how they sound.
    Good Luck!
     

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