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Bannana Plugs...worth the money?

Discussion in 'Cables & Switches' started by monkeyman81, Oct 18, 2005.

  1. monkeyman81

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    Ive been looking at getting some of the gale banana plug like these...

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    At £5 per set they are quite pricy, but do they have any advantage over bare wires other than they are more user friendly...ie do they improve the connection and so the sound?
     
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    Monkeyman , Maplins make very similar ones for 1.99 each. Not much of a save £1 a pair but still worth it as they are barely any difference.
     
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    Banana plugs as far as I'm concerned give you a better quality and more convienient connection.
     
  4. monkeyman81

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    Not bad when i need 8 sets...£8 is not to be sniffed at...
     
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    Certainly more convenient if you move your speakers and/or amp a lot - however, I would be prepared for sod all difference in the sound if I were you :) :)

    CPC do similar for about £1 a plug (or less)

    eg

    http://cpc.farnell.com/jsp/endecaSearch/partDetail.jsp?SKU=CN06916&N=411


    If you are happy with crimp and solder types, you can have a pair for 72p

    http://cpc.farnell.com/jsp/endecaSearch/partDetail.jsp?SKU=CN06912&N=411



    It's your money of course, but I certainly wouldn't pay £5 for a pair - a bit of a rip-off I think!
     
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    I would say that the only Banana that could be said to 'improve' the sound would be QED's Airlock plugs, they protect the cable from the damaging effects of good old CO2 by using a errrr..... airlock. Other bananas are more for convenience and don't really 'improve' the cable. Mind you the QED's don't do anymore than stop any damage which would be caused by bare wire. :thumbsup:

    Mind you, I think that they are slightly off your budget :rolleyes:
     
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    Not sure about sound improvements, but I certainly found Bananas easier to wire my cable to the speakers and amp. I have some fairly thick cable and trying to wind it around binding posts is impossible.

    I am also bi-wired, and fudging 2 sets of Cable Talk wire into one set of binding posts on my Yammy processor was nigh on impossible. If any strand of the cable strays to another terminal, you risk a short and damaging the equipment.

    Makes you wonder why the EU banned them :confused:

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