Connectors for wire?

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  1. davemcqueen

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    Hi

    The sound on my home cinema keeps cutting out and I've determined it's poor connectivity between the bare wires and speaker terminals. Is there a some sort of connector I can buy for the ends of the wires that will then give a better connection?

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    How did you determine that was the cause ?
     
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    Assuming you have "standard" 4mm speaker terminals (not the cheap spring clip type) these, or similar are what you need. They have a screw fixing for easy connection or can be soldered if you have the skill/equipment, for a more reliable connection

    Shark 4mm Banana Gold Plated Short Plugs | Maplin
     
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    unless you have blu-tacked the wires on i suspect the problem lies elsewhere
     
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    can you post a picture, and also more information regarding the setup

    do all speakers cut out ?
     
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    I would agree with Aclass. A banana plug just adds another connection in the system so technically worse than bare wire.
     
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    Think we need some more information
     
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    Hi Guys. These are the connection terminals on my speakers. I can determine it's the connection because there is no sound in a couple of speakers, unless some movement of the wires. I actually soldered the bare wires a couple of months ago as I thought that would fix this infrequent issue permanently, but it hasn't. So now I am thinking some proper connectors on the end to fit the kind of spring clip on the speakers instead of bare wire. Thanks for all replies.
     

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    Aha, you can't use banana connections .

    Strip back more speaker cable and fold back on itself so spring clip makes a better contact .

    How are they connected at avr end ?
     
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    Could be an issue with the spring clip more than the cable. Can you undo the backing plate to see if anything is loose behind.
     
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    How many speakers does it occur on ?
     
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    2 out of 5 speakers. Thanks
     
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    Which speakers of the 5.1
     
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    Right now it's the Centre and Rear Right. Thanks
     
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    Swap rear right and rear left around and see where problem remains
     
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    Don't discount there being an issue at the other end of the cable and or with your Amp.

    As others have said no need to add Banana or any other form of additional connection and the trick now is to track down where the problem lies.

    A pic showing the rear of the Amp and Spks with cables in place may be handy too.

    Joe
     

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