What benefits will I hear from bi-wiring my speakers?

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  1. Chris PC

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    I have PSB Image 6T's and a Marantz SR 6200. I could bi-wire them, but they are not bi-wired right now. Since its only a case of adding some speaker wire, I will try it out. What benefits will I see if I bi-wire my speakers. The benefits I could see are reduced resistance and perhaps improvement due to the different way the power gets to the drivers, but I think thats not necessarily true.
    Any experience?
     
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    What you will notice is less money in your wallet. As for sound, nada.
     
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    Biwiring may be a waste of time, but do consider replacing the metal jumpers between the connectors on your speakers with decent generic 12ga wire.
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    I am no expert, but here is something I read over at the Klipsch forum a while back.
    The engineers at Klipsch (the guys who actually design the speakers) don't really believe in bi-wiring actually making a difference. To me, that says a lot when the designer of something doesn't think a tweak is going to make a difference. They understand this stuff a whole lot better than I do.
    Anyway, they said that the only reason that the new Klipsch Reference series speakers are bi-wirable, is because of the marketing dept. They demanded it, because the competition sold it, so they needed it to keep up.
    So there you have it - some of these speakers only have it because other speaker manufacturers have it. Some of them have it for bi-amping - which I could definitely see making a difference (either good or bad)!
    So I have no idea what you would hear as a difference, but I thought I would share this tid bit with you.
    I haven't tried bi-wiring my Klipsch Reference series, mostly because of the PITA factor, and the doubt that I will hear enough of a difference (if at all) to warrant the extra work and money involved.
    But please post your findings on if there was a difference or not. I am truly interested in knowing what your results were.
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    Well, I am not of the camp that even believes in expensive speaker wire, so it wouldn't cost much to bi-wire. I would mainly think I'd notice the difference in resistance, if anything. I appreciate the input from those who think it does nothing. I will perhaps do a little testing. I don't think my speaker wire is expensive. I have some extra speaker wire around that I could try though. My speaker wire right now is 12 gauge. I think the extra stuff I have is 12 or 10 gauge wire, perhaps I could use it for the low end.
    I like the idea of using speaker wire between the posts though. The thin metal thing isn't exactly the greatest. Again, I can't say I will notice a difference, but since my tests will be free [​IMG] , I will give them a try.
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