I like many do not have the brain cells to understand all the technicalities concerning what is right or wrong with many of the scientific facts about hi-fi. It doesn't help when you read articles or threads by extremely clever scientific minded people who will have completely opposing opinions on the same subject and back up thier remonstrations with scientific fact to prove it. I still sit there wondering who is right, what should I do?
For people like me (and I suspect many others) there are also other constraints to worry about such as money, where your system is set up and whether or not it can be moved and of the course the classic, if you don't live alone your partner and what they do or do not want.
I am just about to embark on getting some new speaker cable myself. At present I have two equal 8 metre lengths of a very old non descript bi-wire cable thrown in as a frreebee when I bought my original system and the manufacturer of whom I have long since forgotten, but because of where I have to have my set up (I really have no other option) and the fact it has to be run under the floor, one speaker is literally 1.5 metres away from the amp and the other about 6.
Why all the cable? Because I read many articles at the time written by far far more intelligent and informed people than myself that speaker cables should always be the same length. So as you can see I have coils of the stuff for one speaker laying under the floor, which didn't seem a waste at the time as (A) it was free and (B) the sound was not compromised (so I was lead to believe).
Now however, things have changed. My set up has been upgraded to much more expensive kit which deserves better cable to get the best out of it. But I cannot change where my hi-fi is situated I still have the odd length dilemma. I wanted to still keep with bi-wring my speakers as I have always done (again because we are always told this is the better option for best sound) but with the sort of cable I have been looking at and the lengths I require to keep them the same length it will cost me an arm and a leg and I can only really afford to lose an arm, up to about the elbow.
For you guys whose system is set up with the speakers neatly either side of the equipment rack about a metre from the amp and cables just lying behind on the carpet, then chopping and changing and experimenting is easy to do, both physically and financially.
I have to find a compromise and with me it's to bi-wire or not to bi-wire and to keep the same length for each speaker or not whilst still getting the best sound I can.
What would you do?