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Speaker Cable Connectors

Discussion in 'Hi-Fi Stereo Systems & Separates' started by dickz, Mar 2, 2003.

  1. dickz

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    Hoping that one of you HiFi buffs can help me out with this one.

    I have purchased a job lot of kit from a mate who has turned his back on the UK for a warmer climate overseas. Anyhow there is a complete mish mash of kit in this crate of goodies, including various makes and lengths of terminated speaker cables, as follows;

    DNM Reson Solid 4 x 5 Metre lengths terminated for biwiring.

    Problem - Cable lengths are too long, can these be cut and connectors reused without a trip to a dealer.

    Chord Company - Flat Copper cable with Chord Company connectors.

    Problem - Same as above.

    thanks

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  2. buns

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    That depends alot on what type of terminations they are (crimp or solder) and whether you have the tools to do it on your own.....

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  3. dickz

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    Buns,

    Chord appear to be crimped, which seems odd on a flat cable with copper tracks. DNM I guess would be soldered as there doesn't appear to be the usuall crimp marks on the plastic banana plug sleeves, but how do you get these apart to desolder???

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    Dickz,

    To be honest, I have never ectually seen the offending connectors..... so basically the best i can say is....

    for the crimps, tough one, you can do your best to get it out in one piece and thats about it

    for the solder, try and get all plastic out of the way so you can just kill the metal until the solder melts!

    certainly that is how I would approach it!

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  5. dickz

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    Buns,

    To avoid the hassle, I may well flog and purchase other cables, any suggestions?

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    Or chop the cables to the correct length, then either twist the ends and use the bare wires at one end (usually the speaker end if easier to connet bare wires to) or get some screw on banana plugs from www.ardelectronics.com or similar.

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    Vikki makes a good point..... it would save alot of hassle to do it that way!

    If you did want cables..... i dont know specifics...... but £4 or 5 a meter stuff is piles and plenty to keep you going for a few years!

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    Thanks.

    Vikki,

    ardelectronics appear very cheap on the banana plugs £2.21 for (2 pairs) maybe detail misleading and should be that price each.
     
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    No ... they really are £2.21 for 2 pairs.

    And they're good quality too ... single grub screw in the side but big enough opening to accept 2 cores of QED silver anniversary.

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