Tributaries 8BW Series 8 Bi-Wire Speaker Cables - Each.

Tributaries 8BW Series 8 Bi-Wire Speaker Cables - Each.

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Tributaries is Speaker Cable Performance


Tributaries high performance speaker cables are a unique design by Jay Victor optimized for superior sound quality. Starting with the same conductor criteria as Tributaries audio cables; speaker cable designs incorporate high performance copper with insulated multi-gauge conductors sharing the same sonic traits resulting in a sound which is more frequency balanced


Special attention to cable geometry is given to the design of speaker cables. Speaker cables carry high current signals that are susceptible to magnetic fields. As a signal travels along a wire it creates a magnetic field that increases with signal voltage. This self-inductance impedes the signal by virtue of its inductive reactance. Star-Quad design cancels magnetic fields and improves the sound quality of your system.


Star-Quad Geometry

Tributaries Series 4, 6 and 8 speaker cables all include a Star-Quad design. Star-Quad speaker cables are designed with four conductors, all wound together, in a "positive, negative, positive, negative" configuration.  The cable is produced such that all 4 wires are evenly twisted together keeping each conductor the same distance from the center and ensuring each positive conductor is next to each negative conductor. The net result is the cancellation of opposing electromagnetic fields generated by each conductor pair. This design improves the system's performance by preventing EMI noise from entering and distorting the signals in nearby low level audio, video or digital cables. Another benefit of the Star Quad design is the reduction of the cable's inductance, again, improving the cables electrical performance and reducing the distortion it produces.



Resistance is another consideration when choosing a speaker cable. In simple terms: the larger the diameter of the cable or conductor; the lower the resistance. Cable resistance is expressed in ohms per unit. For instance, 500 feet of 16-gauge wire has a resistance of about 4 ohms. With speaker cables this becomes an issue. Because speakers exhibit input impedances in the range of 2 to 8 ohms, the resistance of the cable can add significantly to the overall load. For example, if a 4-ohm speaker is connected to an amplifier with a cable that exhibits a 4-ohm resistance, the cable will dissipate half of the amp's power before it even gets to the speaker! Tributaries offers a full line of speaker wire with gauges from 11AWG to 16AWG for your consideration. Below is a handy guide for choosing the correct size speaker wire for your unique installation.


Maximum Wire Lengths for Two Conductor Copper Wire

Wire Size

2 Ohm load

4 Ohm load

6 Ohm load

8 Ohm load

16 AWG

12 ft

24 ft

36 ft

48 ft

14 AWG

20 ft

40 ft

60 ft

80 ft

12 AWG

30 ft

60 ft

90 ft

120 ft

10  AWG

50 ft

100 ft

150 ft

200 ft



Tributaries 8BW-B is a high-performance Bi-Wire Speaker cable made by hand in Orlando, Florida. The 8BW-8B is designed with heavy 14AWG Long-Crystal Oxygen-Free (LC-OFC) copper conductors that are terminated with Series 8 locking banana plugs. The conductors have a unique individually insulated dual-gauge configuration for superior sound clarity. The 8BW-B is available in each and is stocked in 4ft, 6ft, 8ft, 10ft and 12ft lengths with custom lengths available


The 8BW is terminated with red & black banana plug connectors. The wires are secured by dual screw terminals in Orlando, Florida to solid gold-plated brass Series 8 locking banana plug connectors.

  • Hand made in Orlando Florida, USA
  • Star-Quad design reduces cable inductance and distortion
  • Four 14AWG LC-OFC conductors for best signal transfer
  • 3 separate wire gauges for best bass, midrange and highs
  • Propriety optimized cable geometry for low noise and distortion
  • Unique design by Jay Victor for superior sound quality, exclusively from Tributaries
  • Gold plated solid brass Series 8 double locking banana plugs
  • Decorative woven jacket over a UL® CL2 PVC jacket
  • Available in custom length, sold in pair

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