Biamping: I remember my delight the first time biamping speakers was explained to me

Paul McGowan

The notion of using one amplifier perfectly matched to the tweeter and another to the woofer made such elegant sense. Tubes for the top end, solid state grunt for the bottom. Brilliant.

That was at a time when the choices in amplifiers were limited. Big, powerful solid state amps sounded pretty poor reproducing frequencies above 500Hz and most tubes amps hadn’t much bass. But that’s no longer true anymore. High-performance amps, like our own BHK, use tubes in the input stage where they won’t hinder bass. And powerful solid state monsters with stunning bass, like our M700 Stellar, are also sweet on the top end.

You don’t see biamping much anymore though I do see some biwiring. But that too is a technique more common in memory than in practice.

I think it’s great that equipment and cables have gotten to the point where workarounds like biwiring and biamping are no longer advantageous. Sounds like progress to me.

I did manage to put a video together on the subject, one you can watch here.