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Headwaters – from $249

Galibier Design- Headwaters Speaker Cable
Headwaters Speaker Cable with silver plated copper spade lugs (click to enlarge)
Introductory Pricing for single-wire run (includes 72 hour burn-in):
  • 4 feet: $249
  • 6 feet: $289
  • 8 feet: $329
  • longer lengths – add $40 for each two foot length increment

Upgrade connectors to Furutech FT-211(G) spades or FT-212(G) bananas:  add $250 to above prices.

Wind River – from $995

Galibier Design - Wind River Speaker Cable
Wind River Speaker Cable w/ Furutech FT-211(G) Spade Lugs (click to enlarge)
Introductory Pricing for single-wire run (includes 72 hour burn-in):
  • Galibier Design - Furtech Spade Lug
    Furutech Spade
    4 feet: $995
  • 6 feet: $1,095
  • 8 feet: $1,195
  • longer lengths – add $100 for each two foot increment
Headwaters Construction:
  • Galibier Design - Silver Spade Lug
    Silver Plated Copper Spade
    12 gauge, tinned copper (same material as in the Wind Rivers, and no, it’s not Duelund – we manufacture the wire to our specifications)
  • Silver plated copper spade lugs (Furutech connectors optional)
  • Cotton sleeving for best dielectric performance
  • Click the “Technical” link (thumbnail, below) for more  details
Wind River Construction:
  • Galibier Design - Furtech Banana Plug
    Furutech Banana
    9 gauge, tinned copper (no, it’s not Duelund –
    we manufacture the wire to our specifications)
  • Gold plated copper Furutech FT-211(G) spade lugs.
    Furutech FT-212(G) Bananas are optional
  • Cotton sleeving for best dielectric performance
  • Click the “Technical” link (thumbnail, below) for more  details
     
Which Cable?

There are two differences between the Headwaters and Wind river:

    • Wire gauge:  The Headwaters are12 ga. and the Wind Rivers are 9 ga.  This translates to deeper bass response with the Wind Rivers in some systems.
    • Connectors:  The Wind Rivers employ the top line Furutech connectors which can be added to the Headwaters as an upgrade.

This boils down to budget and the bass characteristics of your system.  If you upgrade the Headwaters to the Furutech connectors, they take on the added refinement that characterizes the Wind Rivers.

About Banana Plugs:

Until we found the Furutechs, we haven’t been able to endorse a suitable banana connector alternative to high quality spades.  While the ETI bananas are very good, they could not accommodate our 9 gauge cable. 

The Furutechs are every bit as good as the ETI bananas and have the added bonus of a secure and easily handled locking mechanism.

Bi-wire Pairs

Our general recommendation is to run separate speaker cables for flexibility:

    • One set terminated with spades at both ends.
    • The second set employing a half set of bananas – terminated with bananas at the amplifier end and spades at the speaker end.
Background

The NiWatt amplifiers showed us the way.  They are extremely revealing, and every speaker cable we tried had some sort of flaw.  The NiWatts are truth-tellers.

During prototyping, we evaluated the Wind River cables in low and medium efficiency systems.  We  made minor adjustments, and are comfortable in saying that these cables have near-universal compatibility.  Here’s a bit of background on their development.

Contact us for details on our satisfaction guarantee.

Every pair of NiWatt amplifiers sold will be delivered with a single wire set Wind River cables (biwire optional).

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