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Discussion in 'Cables & Switches' started by Knightshade, Nov 23, 2004.

  1. Knightshade

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    Hi All,
    Just ordered some Rhodium Over Silver Banana Plugs from these people:
    http://www.homegrownaudio.com/diy_banana.html
    I thought they seemed quite reasonable, I'm afraid I don't buy into the £40 each banana plug game!
    I'll let you know if they're any good or not when (if?) they arrive.:rolleyes:

    Mean time, if anyones used them before....?
     
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    Hi Knightshade,

    Have you received the plugs yet ? Wondering what your initial thoughts are, as I need to get some plugs so are looking for recommendations.
    Cheers

    Stu
     
  3. Knightshade

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    Hi themoid,
    Not yet. Should be this week though so i'll keep you posted.

    Knight
     
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    Just an update,
    The plugs arrived. Well packaged and no extra charges through customs.
    On the surface they are well made the plating is of good quality and no outward corrosion/blemishes of any kind.
    However, be warned unless you have a soldering iron these are not for you!
    What it doesn't make very clear by the picture is they are 'Solder' type connectors!
    However, all that aside, ease of fitting, for solder plugs seems pretty good.
    I've just put them on an 'experimental' stranded Cat5 cable. So I can't compare sound quality or anything yet but initial impressions are good.
    I can tentatively recommend them....
     
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    Thanks for that Nightshade. Never used a soldering iron and unless someone convinces me there are considerable benefits have no intention to :laugh:

    Got to make some up some new cables soon - is the experimental cable one of your own or from someone else's DIY pages ? Be interested to hear what you think after you've had time to listen ...

    Cheers

    Stu
     
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    I'd always recommend soldering connections where possible (unless you own professional crimping tools). Good for mechanical strength and conductivity, it's really not that hard either :)

    Interested in these plugs though, how much did they come to each?
     
  7. Knightshade

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    They work out at £2.25 each after postage for the Rhodium plated plugs. Pretty reasonable really.

    Cable is basically 6 cat5e cables paired together and plaited. Terminated with banana plugs with Silver Solder. I thought i'd try out Tri-wire and see what happened. The cable is pretty good quality stuff and of the stranded variety.
    Total cost about £50 inc 16 Banana Plugs.

    I've got them burning in at the moment. I have to say they're sounding very good! It's obviously to early to tell but I think I may have cracked it this time.
     
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    Thanks, those silver plugs look to be just what I'm after at a sensible price :)

    Do they ship with heatshrink or anything, or just the metal connector?
     
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    Just the connector i'm afraid.:thumbsdow If you find a good supplier of heatshrink at a sensible price be sure to let me know....
     
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    Thanks, it's not necessarily a bad thing as it pretty much means you have to use heatshrink (and/or tape) which I think is probably a good move. Including some branded stuff might be nice though :D

    Any electronics components store will have loads of heatshrink, on the web there's the usual suspects (Maplin, CPC/Farnell etc) but I've picked up some from Homebase and B&Q before for a reasonable amount.
     
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    OK, thanks for that, bought the last lot off ebay not bad but lets just say the picture was a little misleading....:laugh:

    Knight
     
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    6xCAT5e Stranded cable (Tri Amp Config) terminated with Rhodium Over Silver Banana Plugs from home grown audio (Solder termination)
    Excellent detailed cable, I've always found cat5 to be a little too bright for my system but I have to say this attempt has upset things a little.
    Neither me, nor my wife can tell the difference between my homemade CAt5e Stranded and some Nordost valkyrja cable (which i've managed to scrounge for testing purposes!) I think it's the next one down from the Valhalla cable? I've really been driving my system hard with some very varied music and I just can't make the treble sound harsh. Something i've always managed to do with previous cat5 attempts.
    I shall post the recipe shortly....

    The Nordost cable is easier to bend!
     
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    Interesting indeed, I was actually wondering about resurrecting this thread this morning. I'm wondering about going for these (and a few spades) which seem pretty good for the money:
    http://www.thecablepro.com/cableDetail.php?cID=35&cgID=1

    Although I'm also tempted by these:
    http://custom1.farnell.com/cpc/product.asp?catalog_name=CPC+Catalogue&product_id=257914
    which are the only copper based 4mm plugs that CPC seem to stock :eek:

    Presumably you've used the normal FFRC design as shown on your website?
     
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    John if you ever need any small amounts of heat shrink give me a yell mate, I nearly always have some out of date stuff lying about that is perfect for your needs.

    Mylo :)
     
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    I like the look of the cablepro spades. The only gripe i've got with homegrownaudio banana's is the small 10AWWG size. If I'd used solid core cat5 I'd have been in trouble.
    This time it's a slightly different design whether or not the designs made a difference I don't know.
     
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    Thanks mylo, I'll almost certainly be taking you up on that after Christmas when I can afford a roll of cable and some connectors (I like my bare wire at the moment but if I'm going to make some cables I may as well do it properly!), I can probably acquire some from the electronics lab at uni too. I've got a big roll of black but that's too big for terminating speaker cables (maybe putting some braid around the outside though). Some smaller diameter red and black would be nice though for the numerous half made cable projects I've got lying around :rolleyes:

    Knightshade, can't those bananas be persuaded to take a thicker diameter with some clever use of pliers? :)
     
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    They Can and they were!:)
    Still a little fiddly though...
     

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