MONO-WIRING OR BI-WIRING LOUDSPEAKERS: A SELECTION GUIDE
If you look at the back of your Sonus faber loudspeakers you will see (depending on the model) that there are two pairs of terminals in the binding post, one is red, and one is black. One pair is identified as “low” and the other one as “mid-high”. Why this diversification and which are the advantages? Firs of all, the possibility to explore new and different listening experiences!
Mono-wiring or Bi-wiring: The difference
Except for the on-wall models, with just one pair of connection terminals, and for the Reference line’s models which have three of them, all our Sonus faber loudspeakers can be connected in a mono-wiring or bi-wiring configuration.
Long story short: the idea is that instead of using just one run of cable from the amplifier to each loudspeaker, a separate cable is used for each of the pairs of terminals.
Why? To give you full freedom of experience with the aim of having the best sound configuration according to your taste and needs.
Sonus faber loudspeakers are packed to be ready for mono-wiring configuration use.
On each speaker, black and red terminals are connected by a jumper (black-black and red-red).
Therefore, to connect the speakers to the amplifier you need two cables, one for each speaker. So, on each speaker, two terminals are busy and two are free. In this way, you will let the crossover network take care of managing the sound balance since high and low frequency share the same speaker cable.
There are many points of view regarding the choice of which connector is better to use between mid-high or low one… the user is completely free to decide since there isn’t just one choice: the difference lies in the listener’s ears!
However, you may feel the need go further, looking for a richer sound in the lower range, or a more precision in the high frequencies… in this case you can go for a bi-wiring configuration.
Two speaker cables are used to connect the HF terminals and the LF terminals to the same pair of terminals on the amplifier. Effectively, the high and low frequencies are managed separately by the input coming from the amplifier.
The possibilities offered by the bi-wiring configuration are different. In one case you can use special cables which end with two pairs of connectors on the speakers to be hooked into four terminals – which will eventually be all occupied. Alternatively you can use a double amplification, with a unit completely dedicated to low frequencies and a unit to serve only the med-high portion, doubling in this case the number of cables (two for each speaker, connected to as many amplifiers).
Keyword: explore it
The fun thing of having a High-Fi system is the freedom to try and test different modulations and change them whenever you want.
That’s why we recommend not only mono-wiring, but also bi-wiring: because you need to try and play to feel the difference between the two options and get to know more deeply the potential and characteristics of your products.