Advice needed: biwire speaker cables used as single wire speaker cable?


Hello, I have a chance to get a pair of good 2nd hand true biwire speaker cables, but my speakers only have one positive and one negative terminals on each side. Would it make sense to connect the biwire cables to my speakers that only have one positive and one negative terminals on each side?  The question may sound stupid but  these cables are not available on the 2nd market often, so I really want to get them. Thanks much for yours valuable advice. 
bigdish
Assuming there would be no problem physically accommodating the cable terminations, the only situation I can envision in which that may not be a good idea would be if the cable is one of the few types that have ultra-high capacitance, such as Goertz.  Having two runs in parallel will double the total capacitance, which may be a problem for the amp if the capacitance of a single run is already very high.  Two runs in parallel will also result in resistance and inductance being cut in half, which can only help assuming the goal is to minimize the sonic effects of the cable. 

Regards,
-- Al
 
I had an expensive pair of bi-wired cables and then bought speakers with single wire.  A phone call to MIT assured me that I could connect both pairs of the bi-wired wires to the single wired terminals on my speakers.  I used it this way for over 5 years with no suffering of the sound.
I had an expensive pair of bi-wired cables and then bought speakers with single wire. A phone call to MIT assured me that I could connect both pairs of the bi-wired wires to the single wired terminals on my speakers. I used it this way for over 5 years with no suffering of the sound.


+1  I've seen and heard this done many, many times with no ill effect.
Or, wrap the terminations on one leg of the bi-wire, and just use the other. Compare that with both legs, if you like.
Providing that your speaker runs are not something like 50+ feet, then you will experience nothing by improvements in your systems performance.
Think of it as doubling the diameter of you speaker wire gauge!
Regards, 
+1 to what almarg and griffithds said

I am using bi-wired speaker cable with my Quad 57's. They only have one + and -. on each side. 

No problem.  Connect the 2 positive cables with the positive side of your amp, and the 2 neg. cables to the negative side of your amp.  This is called Shotgunning.
Much appreciated for your kind advices. :-)

Clear Day Cables offers speaker cable in a few different models, the only difference between them being the amount of wire in the cable. There is the Standard, then the Shotgun version (which doubles the wire), and the Double Shotgun (which, duh, doubles it again). Jeff advises that the longer the run and/or the lower the impedance of the loudspeaker, the heavier the gauge of the wire.

Different Clear Day owners/users prefer different versions, so you may as well try the biwire cables (if you get them) using just one leg, then both. You can decide for yourself which you prefer with your particular speakers and amp.