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Bare Wire or Banana Plugs?

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by bob007, Feb 1, 2002.

  1. bob007

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    At the moment i have bare wire connections to the amp and speakers, but they can take banana plugs.

    Are there advantages to be gained by using banana plugs, or is it just down to personal preference?

    If they are a better way of connecting i presume there are plugs of different quality, is there one that is recommended. I had a quick look on hifi cables and found these;
    4mm Hollow Z plug
    4mm gold plated solder-only banana plug. Sold separately so you can fit your own speaker cable terminations.

    They are only £2.50 but saying that i need 28 so thats £70.00, am i looking looking at the right ones...........TIA.....bob
     
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    Hi Bob

    I use banana plugs as theyre a lot less hassle than trying to stuff speaker cable into the binding posts.

    Cant say Ive noticed any difference in sound quality though, just the ease of connecting everything up is my main reason for using them.

    cheers mate:)
     
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    Hi jase.......
    Must admit they don't leave you a lot of room to insert the cable, especially if you have hands the size of dinner plates like me!!

    Anything for an easier life.........will do the fronts first and spread the cost.......... thanx.....bob
     
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    Hi Bob

    I use these from Maplins. The quality is excellent. Termination is screw/solder. £3.80 for two pairs when 5 or more boxes are bought. Can't go wrong IMO.

    Cheers
    Boris
     
  5. bob007

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    Looks as if the plastics coming out again.....cheers bob
     
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    Banana plugs are easier to handle and do better contact, bare wire will detriorate over time, so you have to clean or cut a bit every now and then...
     
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    I used IXOS banana plugs . Didn't notice any difference in sound just a lot easier to connect speakers to amp because it can get a little awkward at the amp unless you have small hands.
     
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    yep, banana plugs are best, for ease of installing and removing
     
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    It's worth getting crimp-on QED Airloc or decnt solder on bananas if you choose that option. The main reason for this is to stop the bare cable from oxidising which prevents electron flow (not totally obviously) and reduces sound quality.

    If you choose to solder then use a decent high silver, low lead solder, as electrons can move faster through silver and hence gives a tighter more accurate sound.

    Spades would be the other option as these are supposed to provide a higher contact area for connecting. I find they can become loose quite easily though.

    In conclusion, good bananas are good.
     
  10. bob007

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    Have chosen to go with banana plugs..........have noticed wonder solder mentioned, because of it's high silver content, is this readily available at local hardware stores or is it specialised?

    Cheers bob........
     
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    RS and Maplin sell good silver solder, same a companies like Russ Andrews do but much cheaper.
     
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    Cheers ReTrO..........;)
     
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    Bob

    The type of solder is irrelevant, it's only used to stop oxidation. The screw in the bananna give you a 'cold weld' you then solder around the entry point where the wire does into the plug to seal the connection so that the wire inside the plug doesn't oxidise.

    Edit:
    DON'T tin the wire before inserting it in the plug, just strip off the insulation, twist the wire and insert it into the plug.
     
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    Thanks or all the advice it's been very helpful..........cheers bob
     
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    CPC do a range. The ones i settled on are only 0.84p each.I have no complaints about the quality. If interested the part mumbers are red-AV00066, blk-AV00065. If you feel the need to spend more money then more expensive ones are available but tbh i dont find them necessary.
     

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