Which leads and jacks for which amp?

eddytrouble

Standard Member
You guys,

I am going to buy a Sony STR-DG820, and a set of 7.1 speakers. Two questions.

1. Could you point me to an affordable set of speakers (I intend to upgrade each speaker over time, and start with an affordable set - like £70-£100. So far I came up with this: http://www.soundandvision.co.uk/hifi/speakers/av-speaker-packages/yamaha-ns-p110-black)

2. I looked at this pic http://www.sonystyle.com/wcsstore/SonyStyleStorefrontAssetStore/img/products/STRDG820_rearpanel.jpg, and got a little confused. Back in the day you would get a cable, then cut it, then split it, then plug the actual cable into the black and red thingies, both in the speakers, and the amp. What about now? There seems to be a kind of jack needed, to plug the cable in the amp? If I buy this cable http://www.cableuniverse.co.uk/catalog/cables/speaker-cable-42-strand-per-metre.html, then cut it, how do I plug it into the amp and speakers? Don't tell me I gotta weld it.

3. Is there a different cable for the Subwoofer? Like this? http://www.lambda-tek.com/componentshop/index.pl?origin=gbase10.2&prodID=963375

Thanks for your replies.

Eddy
 

eddytrouble

Standard Member
some shops selling already with connectors so nn bananas separety

1. How do I plug a cable into a banana plug? Weld them? Clamp them? Is there a difference in audio quality between the two methods?

2. Which good shops sell them already plugged in, and working well?

Eddy
 

syfodyas

Active Member
For the record, you dont NEED banana plugs. Banana plugs are just for convenience, they dont enhance the quality of the connection/speaker wire at all.

If you dont use banana plugs and just twist the ends of the speaker wire, on that particular amp you unscrew the connector until a hole appears, you place the wire end in that hold and screw again to tighten
 

Marky1973

Well-known Member
I don't use banana plugs - just twist and stick 'em in the cable terminals - the NSP-110s have those annoying push clips - as used on the 820 for the 'B' speakers - but work pretty well.

I have the Yamaha speakers and I think they are pretty good for the money. THey are 6ohms, whereas the Sony is rated from 8-16ohms - from my limited understanding I don't think this is a problem as long as you don't ramp the volume up too high.

If you are thinking of upgrading as you go then they may be a good starting point -as they are fairly cheap.
 

eddytrouble

Standard Member
For the record, you dont NEED banana plugs. Banana plugs are just for convenience, they dont enhance the quality of the connection/speaker wire at all.

If you dont use banana plugs and just twist the ends of the speaker wire, on that particular amp you unscrew the connector until a hole appears, you place the wire end in that hold and screw again to tighten

1. In the case that I didn't wanna change the settings on the back of my amp, and that I had to choose between welded and clamped banana plugs, which one would be best for quality?

2. Provided that I need just about 15m of cables, and I can spend a little money on them (ie, £30), which would be a good store where I can get good quality cables? And maybe get them welded as well?

Thanks for the replies.

Eddy
 

Marky1973

Well-known Member
Richer sounds have a range of Gale Symphony cables from 69p up to £2 a metre which are not bad - have used them myself as on a tight budget and they didn't sound cr*p - although they might if put next to some other set-up on these forums!
 

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