Whatmough Speaker Cables
Most Whatmough speakers are bi or tri-wireable and to achieve their optimum performance, they should
be bi-wired (two-way) or tri-wired (three way).
Over thirty years ago, Colin Whatmough was heavily involved in the development of what was possibly
the world’s first tri-wired speaker cable. This was long before speakers had multiple terminal
posts to allow bi or tri-wiring. The final version of these cables used a very fine stranded microphone
cable for the treble, a litz cable for the mid-range and a heavy thick stranded cable for the bass.
While copper purity and general cable technology and configuration have improved since then, these
original cables would still outperform some high end cables on the market to-day.
During this development it became very apparent that the requirements for bass, midrange and
treble frequencies were very different. Cables optimized for bass frequencies will never sound
in the treble as cables optimized for treble and visa versa. It also became obvious that speaker
with high capacitance sounded noticeable inferior to the same cables configured to have low capacitance.
There are two main reasons for this; energy storage increases with capacitance and high capacitance
in cables present a more difficult load to the amplifier.