Best way to terminate Biwire cable

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  1. paiger

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    Just nipped out and picked up some cheapish QED SA Bi-wire cable (only chose bi-wire because the links are missing on my speakers) and I'm thinking of sticking plugs on it before fitting. Anyone recommend a good source and acvice on fitting them?

    Steve
     
  2. alexs2

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    For cheapish cables.....choose the termination type(spades or bananas) and use any good quality but low cost variety(Maplins do have suitable ones for that price level)and ensure the ends are well prepared,and preferably soldered into the plugs.
     
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    Most HiFi shops carry Banana plugs with a couple of screws in the Barrel, if you dont fancy soldering.

    There is a school of thought that favours an oxygen tight crimp over soldering, but this would need to be done by someone with the right tooling.

    If you do solder them, use good quality solder for electronics, as some solders contain an acid flux which leads to deterioration after time. Some say solder with a high % of silver is best.
     
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    The best option is of course Airloc termination by QED themselves - this is what I use, and it completely avoids the problem of long term oxidation. Another factory termination method may suffice, but since you already have the cable, the best you'll do now is whatever 4mm gold plated bananas you can get your hands on. At least you'll have the convenience of bananas, and if the setup remains in a year or whatever you can always start trimming the cable ends if oxidation sets in :D
     

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