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downside to using butt connectors for speaker wire


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#1 of 7 OFFLINE   calvin_b

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Posted April 20 2004 - 09:35 PM

hi,

my not-so-efficient calculations rendered me about 18" short of speaker wire, and i am not about to do it all over again (long story, but wiring AFTER i planned and measured behind walls, through floors, etc).

i know that it may not even be noticeable, but what are the consequences of using butt-connectors to extend some speaker wire? im just wiring up some energy tower speakers i just bought. are there any statistical measurements?

just curious. thanks.

#2 of 7 OFFLINE   Chu Gai

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Posted April 21 2004 - 12:24 AM

No consequences whatsover. Alternatively you could slide a piece of shrink tubing over the wires, make staggered cuts (offset where the wires are joined), solder them, the pull the tubing down over the individual wires and just heat them shut.

#3 of 7 OFFLINE   John F. Palacio

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Posted April 21 2004 - 01:28 AM

I'll second EXACTLY what chu said.
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#4 of 7 OFFLINE   brentl

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Posted April 21 2004 - 03:42 AM

Agree with the other guys. Butt connectors aren't the most secure way to connect speakers wires or any wire.

Solder is much better, but why not rerun your wires? Over the years I've gone trhough 300' of speaker wire, and I'm sure you'll end up using the stuff you pull.

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#5 of 7 OFFLINE   calvin_b

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Posted April 21 2004 - 07:42 AM

thanks you guys. brent, i just dont want to go under the house, behind walls, etc etc anymore.

im also not the best in soldering, but i'll give it a try. im guessing i have to learn sometime or another.

#6 of 7 OFFLINE   Chu Gai

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Posted April 21 2004 - 08:49 AM

How to Solder Like a Pro

#7 of 7 OFFLINE   John F. Palacio

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Posted April 22 2004 - 02:36 AM

That's a great link, Chu. Takes me back to first semester of electronic school. Refresher courses never hurt!
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