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Discussion in 'Home Theater Projects' started by crankbait09, Jan 1, 2014.

  1. crankbait09

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    I have a Denon AVR-1513 and where the speaker wire plugs in to the unit, they have the little tab you push up, which then opens the hole to insert the wire into. I have your standard copper/silver speaker wire. I do not recall what gauge it is.............standard speaker wire at the big box hardware stores.

    i have read a few places that a lot of people have trouble putting any type of connectors on the end of the speaker wire due to the red/black touching each other.

    can anyone recommend a speaker wire connector that is small enough to not touch the other connectors that are in the surrounding areas?
     
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    I used something very similar to these back when I had connectors like that: http://www.amazon.com/RCA-AH11R-Speaker-Wire-Mini-Pins/dp/B003GSLEJO/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1388600364&sr=8-7&keywords=speaker+wire+connectors and these http://www.amazon.com/Monoprice-109438-High-Quality-Copper-Speaker/dp/B0097JLRZM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1388600539&sr=8-2&keywords=speaker+wire+connectors

    I prefer the second type over the first due to ease of installation and the wire not pulling out of them. As far as brand goes you can go with the brand you like :) I've used Monster, Acoustic Research, and Sowell and have been happy with all of them.
     
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    hmmm, i was looking at them too prior to asking the question.
    as you know, the area where the wires are, are rather compact. Do you know if there barrels of these connectors end up touching each other? You can't have them touching, right?
     
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    You are correct, you cannot have them touch, but I've never had an issue with them touching before. If you are worried about that, get some that have the insulator on them. Most of the straight pin plugs I have used have a small diameter, so I didn't have an issue.

    Of course there is always just skipping them as a whole too. They are by no means a needed thing.
     
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    makes it look neater/more organized. plus its kind of a pain in the arse to put the wire in the hole making no strands are lingering.
     
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    You could also use the Monster Twist Crimp. Yeah, they cost too much, but they are plastic where there would be any chance of contact.
     
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    O yes, those are nice
     
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    I would not bother using any type of speaker wire connector on a receiver with the type of connector that you are describing. I would just take the time to twist the wire and carefully insert it into the hole in order to avoid stragglers. I think a direct connection to the wire would be more mechanically sound than using speaker wire connectors. Cheaper too.
     
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    I would have to agree Edwin. It is definitely cheaper. I have done it this way for years. I guess in a way, once they are connected, they are set and shouldnt need to be moved again.........

    Sure I'd be saving $12, which makes more sense!!
     
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    The way Denon "engineered" the entry-level XX13 and new E series leaves lots to be desired. The "tight wire" connects are almost a must. Unless you want to lag the AVR upside down in your lap.
     
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    Lay, not lag(love phone typing)
     
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    tight wire connects??? do you mean the connectors or the bare wire getting put in to the receiver?
     
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    "Tight wire" is a style of connect. If you look...Binding postSpadeTip(straight or 45°)Tight wire
     
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    And if I could "edit" via the phone app...Not binding post...banana plug.
     
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    i apologize for my lack of knowledge but when i google "tight wire" connectors, i don't see anything that relates to what i am trying to accomplish. can you help me out a little more?

    thank you
     
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    Why would he have to lay it upside down in his lap? I took a look at a picture of the back panel of the model he has. The type of speaker connector and layout looks pretty much standard to me. Unless you are referring to the over/under layout of the positive and negative terminals.
     
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    Yes, the orientation of the over/under.
     

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