In article <***@126.96.36.199>, Switters
Post by Switters Post by Pip
The temptation is, however, immense as I miss they slam they convey -
and hey, if I biwire and biamp then that's another clutch of cables to
count. You cunt.
I don't see the downside really. I mean, we both know that bi-wiring is
pretty much a waste of time. I'm not really convinced I can tell the
difference and it's difficult to do a blind test... but bi-amping, well,
that's a different kettle of scaley creatures.
Bi-amping is the way forward - unless you're running a set of real high-
end speakers with unimpeachable crossovers off a set of pokey amps. I
still dream of a rack of Krells or Levinsons powering a pair of Grand
Slamms, but it'll never happen. I'm sitting here grinning now,
recalling the difference it made when I got home with the second Rotel
power amp, flicked the switches to "bridge" and got a pair of monobloc
180Wpc beasts, curled in the monstrous Audioquest jump lead-like speaker
cables leading to the RTL 4s and sat back to listen to whatever was in
the tray - Amused To Death by Roger Waters, IIRC.
I hadn't altered the volume setting on the preamp, had I? Those
speakers were always a bit big for that house, and the single 60Wpc
Rotel had always struggled a bit with them, so it was set at about 7.
Next door knew all about it. I'm suprised they didn't hear a) every
hair on my head and the back of my neck standing on end; b) every nerve
ending howling at me; c) the thud as the sofa went over backwards as I
frantically backpedalled from a seated position, rolled out rearwards
and scrambled to get to the amp before the wife got to me.
The sweet spot at 70% volume moved twelve feet backwards - from my sofa
straight into next door's living room. 30% was much more suitable and
it felt like I was *there*, maaan.
It was a bit thuddy, though - I was hearing bass that just hadn't
existed before, and so was next door on both sides. I took some advice
and part-exchanged the beautiful Audioquests for some super-slim QED
silver (rather than copper) bi-wireable multicore cables ... at a mere
£15 per single run metre. Teeth grinding it was, running four strands
of that 1.5 metres up the back of the speakers to the connectors. A
hundred quid to get from the carpet to the connectors made me twitch a
bit. Took the thud out and replaced it with sweet though, and I'm still
running those cables now, over 20 years later when I'd never even
consider spending that much.
Pip: Keeper of the Cable Ties