The type of speaker cable you use can affect audio performance. While it isn’t absolutely necessary to use specialised cables, in general quality speaker cable will give the best results. In any case, the cable used should have a conductor cross-sectional area of at least 1.5 mm2 – and performance may begin to suffer if cable length exceeds a maximum of around 15 m. The cable length to each speaker of a stereo pair should be approximately the same.
Your Dynaudio retailer will be able to offer advice on speaker cable that will suit both your electronics and your Dynaudio speakers.
Your Dynaudio speakers’ connection terminals can accommodate stripped cables, 4 mm banana plugs or cable spades. Emit series speakers support only stripped cables and banana plugs. Most modern amplifiers incorporate terminals that provide similar connection options.
Begin by connecting the cable to the terminals on the speaker cabinet. Ensure that conductors marked ‘positive’ are connected to the positive (red) speaker terminals and that cable conductors marked ‘negative’ are connected to the negative (black) speaker terminals. The process of speaker connection varies depending on the type of cable connectors in use:
- 4 mm plugs: insert the plugs directly into the end of the speaker terminals. The terminals don’t need to be tightened, but it’s good practice to do it anyway to minimise any chance of mechanical buzzing.
- Stripped cables: fully unscrew the speaker terminals and insert the stripped cable ends into the holes through the terminal posts. Make sure that no stray cable strands are left free. It will help to twist the stripped cable strands together. Tighten the terminals down securely onto the stripped cable. It’s good practice to check terminals for tightness soon after they are initially tightened and occasionally thereafter.
- Cable spades: fully unscrew the speaker terminals and position each cable spade arm either side of a terminal post. Secure the cable spades by securely tightening the terminals. It’s good practice to check terminals for tightness soon after they are initially tightened and occasionally thereafter.
Once cables are connected to the speakers, they can be connected to the amplifier speaker output terminals. Make sure the amp is switched off, connect the cables from the left speaker to the left-channel amplifier terminals and the cables from the right speaker to the right-channel amplifier terminals. For multi-channel home-cinema systems with surround- and centre-channel outputs, connect each speaker to the appropriately marked amp terminals.
Ensure in every case that cable conductors marked “positive” are connected to the positive (red) amplifier and speaker terminals and that cable conductors marked “negative” are connected to the negative (black) amplifier and speaker terminals.
Diagram 7 illustrates speaker connections.