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A bi-wire speaker cable has two connectors (1 for positive, 1 for negative) at the amp end, but four ('cuz the speaker has two sets of binding posts) at the speaker end.
Since everyone knows that I've had an audiodharma Cable Cooker for 14 years, he or she asks about Cooking bi-wire speaker cables.
Whether you have a discrete shotgun or internal bi-wire cable, because the Cooker has one binding post (per channel) on the receiving end, you most likely will have to Cook the top/bottom legs (on the speaker side) separately. For new cables, try Cooking the tweeter leads for 3 days, then the woofer leads for 3 days. Yes, the 6 days of Cook time for the cable proper may result in over-Cooking, but those leads (my colleagues and I have treated dozens of bi-wire cables) really do benefit from the third day of Cook time. But do be careful with the dangling leads, which are not being Cooked (see photo above), lest you cause a short.
If you have all spades at the speaker end, the binding posts on the Cooker may have enough opening and then grip, for you to "double up" on the speaker end. But do be aware that the bulk and stiffness of many audiophile cables can cause the spades to slip off. Moreover, because spades are often angled, you may find it damn near impossible, to hook up one spade, let alone two. In addition, sometimes the leads just aren't long or flexible enough, to make connections easy or secure.
Years ago, we screwed up. We neglected to label which of the speaker end leads was which. Thus, after we pulled one set out, the cable accidentally dropped, and we did not know which were the untreated leads!
-Lummy The Loch Monster
Hey there Lummy!
Why not just take a short piece of thin braided wire, bend the end and feed into the hole of the banana plug, and then wrap the other around the binding post, and burn it all in at the same time?
marc g. - audiophile by day, music lover by night
Some clarification and methodology:
Depending on the total / combined wire gauge, very heavy-gauge speaker cables can require up to 4-to-4 1/2 days if new....perhaps 2 days for a complete recharge every 6 months (highly recommended). Examples of very heavy-gauge would be the upper levels of Synergistic, Cardas, Purist, Audioquest, Wireworld, and definitely Dana Cables (whose 4-gauge designs require even more conditioning time).
Regarding a bi-wire set, each pair (tweeter leads & woofer leads) requires the identical period of time, but 3 days on the Cooker would be "average" for most new cabling, other than the heavy-gauge designs, and NOT too much for a brand new cable. Conditioning each pair for the above-mentioned 3 days will not over-Cook them....what WILL get 6 full days of conditioning would be the wire bundle at the amplifier end of the cable together WITH the connector, be it spade or banana. We must remember that the connectors themselves (in many cases, such as WBT) have a lot of mass, and the 6 days of total conditioning is proper.
The Cardas CCGR binding posts (on your Anniversary Edition) are part of their premium line, and used on some of the finest amplifiers and loudspeakers. In my experience (and, of course numerous customers) they will easily hold the largest and thickest spades, along with their leads. If you're doubling up spades (which is something I always discourage, as it creates an unwanted "parallel" connection), then perhaps there might be some slippage, but again that type of hookup is NOT recommended. I really don't want anybody to get the idea that the parts quality is not first-rate.
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