Originally Posted by Wavod
.......So, am I right in thinking if I have my speakers bi-amped using the Bi-Amp/Rear Surround terminals on my 5008 I am wasting my time (and a pair of speaker terminals) as it is Passive?
If so, why is the facility to do this even there in the first place??
It is believed by some to give the receivers with the feature a competitive advantage. The incremental cost of adding the feature is pretty close to nil.
Am I just as well removing the speaker cable and replacing the links, and just use one speaker cable to the standard left and right channels?
Also if passive bi-amping is a waste of time how have so many been fooled for so long?,
The best way I know of to fool yourself convincingly
is to do a typical audiophile evaluation - no level matching (probably and hopefully not relevant in this particular case), don't be rigorous about listening under identical conditions, and know what you are listening to when you are listening.
Reality is that a certain percentage of the people who compare passive bi-wiring to normal wiring will inadvertently reverse one set of wires. They will hear a difference! Audiophiles have as strong tendency to equate any difference with an improvement.
and how many people would be prepared to actively bi-amp?
Almost nobody. Probably less than half of the people who try it because it involves re-engineering the speaker almost from scratch.
If passive bi-amping is such a poinless excercise, why do speaker companies even bother with more than one set of binding posts, especially on high end equipment?
It is believed by some to give the speakers with this feature a competitive advantage. The incremental cost of adding the feature is pretty close to nil.
Would it have anything to do with the money made from all that extra cabling and purchasing of extra amps maybe?
You bet ya!
Put the pieces together
(1) Most audiophile equipment comparisons will not be comparisons of apples to apples but will inadvertantly introduce real differences that are audible.
(2) Audiophiles are highly prone to perceive differences even when there are none.
(3) Audiophiles are highly prone to perceive any difrerence real or imaginary as an improvement.
The above is based on the well-known fact that people tend to see what they are told to see and hear what they are told to hear.
Note that I'm not putting myself above anybody else - under the given conditions I can and have made the same mistake(s) for years and years. The difference is that someplace along the way I learned how to do careful listening tests that held more influences constant, and the results were pretty stunning.