Banana plugs, what do they do/used for

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Sergio Stephano, Dec 27, 2001.

  1. Sergio Stephano

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    Hello all..im not really sure what these banana plugs do but i heard they are for speaker wires. Do they make a big difference in sound? and what type of connector on ur receiver do u have to have? the circle ones?
     
  2. Kevin P

    Kevin P Screenwriter

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    Banana plugs make it easier (LOTS easier) to connect speaker wires--just plug them in to the binding posts. They won't have any effect on the sound, other than (hopefully) making a better connection than screwing down a binding post on bare wire.

    Down the road, if you have to disconnect your speaker wires (say, if you're upgrading your receiver, amp or speakers), it's a lot quicker to unplug the banana plugs than it is to unscrew the binding posts and pull the bare wires out, and then reconnect them to the new component. Also, you minimize the risk of shorting out your amp due to stray strands of wire touching one another.

    Bananas are a convenience item more than anything else.

    KJP
     
  3. Ken Seeber

    Ken Seeber Supporting Actor

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    This is what a pair of banana plugs looks like. The design of the plug itself insures a solid, firm connection when it's plugged into a five-way binding post. At the same tiem, they're easy to remove.
     

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