All my cables have 2 pole ends that fit in either a 2 or 4 pole jack, only my subs with 2 pole jacks require a 2 pole cable end. This works for me cause I absolutely refuse to pay someone to make a speaker cable and a 2 pole cable fits in 100% of commercial Speakon equipt. cabs unless they use the 8 pole connector... it's not the cable that is "incompatible" but using 2 pole jacks won't work with 4 pole cable ends on a 2 conductor wire (???) or even a 4 conductor cable used in a 2 conductor application, this is very expensive and a lot heavier to haul. Maybe in your world people do this but I fail to see why unless they can't make a cable or aren't aware of Speakon compatiblilty. Then you are going to pay up the butt and then you might as well use the 4 pole cable end to justify getting hosed. Just my opinion if you disagree or have a different perspective that's ok. This is what works for me. I have never bought a pre-made speaker cable in my life (I'm 55) and made my first at age 10 so I'm just different I guess.
Knowing about 2/4 pole Speakon compatibility is very useful if you use the product, and why I posted so much about it. I guess if there are that many 4 pole manufactured cables out there then it makes sense to use only 4 pole jacks in cabs regardless, but there is still no reason to buy 4 pole cable ends for a 2 conductor wire unless it is being plugged into the bridged output of your amp, in which case it must be wired differently from standard cables.
The laws of acoustics don't bow to opinion - Bill Fitzmaurice
Last edited by bassmeknik : 12-19-2012 at 05:06 PM.