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Harbeth speakers with supplied jumpers. I'm curious, anyone have any personal experience replacing the stock plates with a wire jumper set?
Not interested in bi wiring my speakers.
sorry to tell you my Harbeths benefited more from bi-wire than the three jumpers I tried.
"If at first you don't succeed, keep on sucking till you do suck seed" - Curly Howard 1936
Good call, Awe-d-o-file. While I have no experience of a Harbeth loudspeaker, but I bet their designs are best served by the use of bi-wire cables vs. jumpers. A jumper no matter how good is an adapter, with all the caveats of an adapter. IMO, it's almost a disservice to offer bi-wire capable binding posts with brass straps as default. It's a very weak link in the signal chain, and unacceptable to many audiophiles after discovering the benefit of bi-wiring.
My gosh going bi-wire would be a budget killer. I got a good deal on Auditorium 23 speaker wires it's not something I would look forward to replacing bi-wire.
I do respect your input am willing to keep an open mind it's the cost, ouch!
Finding another run of Auditorium 23 speaker cables, or buying a new set of bi-wire cables is a typical upgrade path, nothing too drastic.
FYI - 3M length of Auditorium 23 speaker cables with bananas on US Audio Mart now.
If you want a real tonal treat, try double runs of NOS Western Electric 10ga wire or Duelund 12ga stranded tinned copper new stock. Neither is too expensive.
Have used Auditorium 23 in the past. Very nice. I now use Western Electric and Dueland. Great stuff. I use Western Electric 16 gauge. It is becoming hard to find. The Dueland is readily available
I have no experience with Harbeth, but I've had several pair of speakers that came with those jumper plates. Switching over to cable jumpers made a considerable improvement. Try it, its not that expensive.
I'm reading bi-wire seems most liked but am not willing to spend for new bi-wire cables. I think I'll see If I can try some wire jumpers I know some companies allow returns.
I initially replaced my adapters with cable jumpers which made an improvement and later got a pair of *used* bi-wire cables for an excellent price.
Used cables are your friends: inexpensive, broken-in, etc.
Just be sure it's from an honest source.
Here are three suggestions for jumpers:
Mapleshade ribbons-very quick and articulate
Clear Day double-shotgun very good and cheap ($35/pr)
Furutech 16ga wire available in red/black
Almost any wire is better than the brass plates.
They don't have to be super-duper high end, Just about anything is better than those brass plates many speakers use.
What model Harbeth? What type of connector (or none) are your current speaker cables terminated with?
Duster, I'm unsure of the speakers they look to be very high quality connectors with gold color plate connectors, the cables are beryllium copper bananas and they fit very tight darn nice sounding (or no sounding?) cables.
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