Originally Posted by barrelrider
Thanks for the reply. Each speaker cable is singular - inside must be four wires, because there are four plugs that go into the treble pair and the bass pair on the back of the speaker, and at the receiver end, the two black wires are the two red wires are twisted together. So each speaker uses only two clips. You said that it'd be better to combine near the speaker, but I'm guessing that improvement would be subtle.
I was primarily thinking about having to run additional speaker cables and/or forcing the spring-clips farther open than they're intended to be. If multiple wires are already in a common cable, that's essentially irrelevant.
I unplugged the treble from the speakers and they still worked so the bass is connected.
These speaker are well regarded, correct?
I was unfamiliar with them, so I did a Web search and found a review published by Stereophile. It looks like those speakers have a dramatic falloff in frequency response below about 60 Hz, which would explain your problem with them and the need for an accompanying subwoofer. See https://www.stereophile.com/content/...r-measurements
If I got a subwoofer, would it be wired in as a regular speaker?
It would be wired either in parallel or in series with both of your speakers, depending on the design of the subwoofer.
There must be a way to deal with the fact that the subwoofer is a single speaker not a pair...wouldn't make sense to send it only one side.
Since your receiver doesn't have a separate subwoofer output, you'd need to get one of those subwoofers which include their own bass management and which include "speaker level" connections for both left and right speaker cables. In stereo (and multichannel) recordings the bass frequencies often differ between the two channels, which is why both L&R connections are needed. The L&R signals get merged by the subwoofer. Such subwoofers are quite common, but often are more expensive than those which are designed to only be connected to the single subwoofer output of a multichannel receiver. (Multichannel receivers do the work of combining the bass frequencies of all of their individual audio channels into that single output.)
HSU and SVS are examples of well regarded and cost effective "intenet direct" subwoofer sales companies. There are many others.
The other main question I have is - looking at the gear I have now, are they a mismatch? If I spend $2000 or so on new equipment, would I come out far ahead of my current setup? Or are these older components basically still pretty good, and a subwoofer would fill the gap?
I have the impression that your audio equipment is fine, although it lacks some of the features provided in multichannel devices.
Speakers and room acoustics have the most influence on the quality of the sound you hear. Electronics are a distant third, although the room equalization software provided in many modern receivers can compensate for some audio problems. The old rule of thumb, that you should spend twice as much on speakers as on electronics, still holds true.
I wonder why my post got moved to a thread that does not seem to be about any of my components? It'd make more sense if there was a forum for overall audio setup, instead of having to post in a component forum like speaker vs amp. My question is about the combination of units, and about all of the units.
Sorry, I dunno.