Are you Diamond Wiring your speakers??
Diamonds are allegedly a “girls best friend” is it possible they could also be an audiophile’s best friend, quite possibly.
Before you panic about diamonds being expensive the type of diamonds I will be referring to in this article are the free kind, and we all love a free tweak or upgrade.
For this article several very important question needs to answered, firstly are your speakers bi-wireable? If the answer is yes then move to the second more important, how do you connect your speaker cables to the speakers from your amplifier?
If you connect to your speakers using bi-wiring or bi-amplification then what I am about to suggest will be of no benefit.
However if you are using a single speaker cable wiring method to the terminals on the rear of the speakers how are you currently wiring to them?
Do you wire into the High Frequency terminals and link down to the Low Frequency or wire into the Low Frequency Terminals then link up to the High Frequency? Does it even matter ?
No Right or Wrong Answer
If you look about on forums, check in speaker manuals you will see both methods being suggested as the best way to wire to a pair speakers. Both ways work so either advice is good advice but what is the reasoning behind each choice.
For years I wired to the Low Frequency speaker terminals and linked to the High Frequency with the mindset that the mid / bass drivers can handle a lot more power than the tweeter. I have seen other advice suggesting to do the opposite because the tweeter is more sensitive to the signal quality, and wiring to the High Frequency terminals and linking down to the Low Frequency will sound better.
I tested them both and noticed maybe slightly more resolution when using the latter method but it was certainly not clear cut and why would it be, its a circuit we are creating and the signal will travel for the entire circuit.
Is there a better way to do it
During an interview with a very experienced speaker designer and audiophile I asked them a lot of questions that were of interest to me and the topic of speaker cable wiring came up. It was in this conversation that I was suggest to try Diamond Wiring. I had heard of this before, but never really paid any attention to it or tried it for myself.
The explanation for using a Diamond Wiring method was that it can help with reducing crossover distortion within the speaker, with that in mind I quickly changed my speaker cable wiring to the Diamond method and I have never changed them back as this audibly seemed at last the perfect way to do it.
How do I do it ??
Diamond Wiring is really a very simple thing to do, you simply wire the positive cable from the amplifier (RED) to the speakers High Frequency terminal on the + side of the terminals. You then wire the negative cable from the amplifier (BLACK) to the Low Frequency terminal on the – side of the terminals. You then link the High and Low Frequency terminals on both the + and – side of the terminals the same as before and you essentially have the diamond shape and Diamond Wiring.
Is this the missing link?
Something that I have always done is replace the included linking bars pieces of metal or wire with a section of matching speaker cables to what I am using, nearly always opting to buy a pre made pair of speaker jumper cables.
I can see this being a contentious issue with some audiophiles, why would a speaker manufacturer release a pair of speakers that sound worse than they should, how can a small piece of wire make a difference. In my experience it does and it has done by a margin far greater than the small extra cost of buying a set of speaker cable jumpers.
My last piece of advice is to be mindful if the speaker cable jumpers are directional, if make sure you install them in the correct direction to follow your Diamond Wiring.
I was asked to make a video and write an article on this subject to help clarify the term Diamond Wiring and I hope this article has helped to do so. Its a free and easy thing to try and a good habit to get into when wiring up a pair of speakers.
This method works for me and I have had really good positive feedback from other Audiophiles I have suggested it to, give it a try and see what you think.