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Speakon 4 wire versus 2 wire

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Stevem627, Feb 21, 2006.

  1. Stevem627


    Nov 30, 2005
    Corinth, TX
    I just purchased a 4 wire speakon to speakon cable to attach my Behringer EP 2500 power amp to my Avatar B210 and B115 cab combo and it doesn't work right. When I use a speakon to 1/4 cable all is well. Do I need a 2 wire speakon to speakon cable? I thought 4 wire was ok, but maybe Avatar uses something in their setup that makes this not work since they have 2 1/4 jack and a speakon.

    Any help for a newbie here would be greatly appreciated.
  2. Groundloop


    Jun 21, 2005
    I believe that 4 conductor Speakons are only used in biamp rigs such as Gallien-Krueger. You should be fine with 2 conductor Speakons, since that's the more common setup.
  3. fookgub


    Jun 5, 2005
    Houston, TX
    Yeah, my G-K has the 4-wire setup, and it was a pain. The only way to bi-amp with those is to use the speakon, so I had to install one on my cab (Avatar 210). It's real convient and all, but I'm always worried that it'll fail at the wrong time. Right now, I plug into the 210 with the Speakon and daisy chain to the 115 with a 1/4" jack. I left two 1/4" jacks for the woofer and one for the tweeter in my cab, just in case I ever need to use a different head.

    So, to answer your question, I don't know. I just rewired my whole cab (I put in a Selenium horn while I was at it, too).
  4. Diggler


    Mar 3, 2005
    Western PA
    The last thing I'd worry about is a speakon failing. I've switched our entire PA system to speakon connectors; they don't get pulled out at the worst time. My old GK cabinets, however, still have 1/4" phono plugs, and my Hartke amp does as well so there's no sense in changing it over.
  5. Passinwind

    Passinwind I Know Nothing Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics
    Are you bridging? A properly wired 4 conductor cable should be fine whether or not you're doing that, and you can easily rewire the cable yourself if you need to.

    I believe that 4 conductor Speakons are only used in biamp rigs such as Gallien-Krueger.

    Nope, they're pretty common for stereo and bridged mono applications too.
  6. repoman


    Aug 11, 2011
    Kinderhook NY
    Zombie thread......

    I just bought a couple NL4FX connectors and 5 ft. of 12/2 cable... I connect the red wire on 1+ and the black on 1- ...correct?