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I won't bore you with the long, tedious reasons for the question, but I need help in connecting the amplifier cables to my Wharfedale 8.3 speakers. There are 4 connection points on the speakers: two red and two black, marked HF and LF. I have one cable with two wires to connect to each. What goes where? The connectors on the speakers also have a small gold coloured plate on them. Should this be kept on or taken off? Thanks!!

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Leave them in, do some reading on Bi-Wiring (BUY Wiring), chuckle to yourself and enjoy the sound. Connect one positive to a positive and one negative to a negative. With the jumpers in place there is no electrical difference.

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