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#1 of 4 Neil White

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Posted August 05 2001 - 02:47 PM

I am in the process of redecorating my theater. In the process I am redoing my speaker connection wall plate that currently has RCA connectors. My receiver has the 4 or 5 way (whatever it is) posts that accept banana plugs, bare wire, spades etc.

My questions is: are there any preferred methods for the connections (wall and receiver in this case)? Forget the speaker ends for now as they are Bose (now please, I know, I'll fix it when I can afford it) with RCA connectors. Should I go banana plugs or what?

Thanks!

#2 of 4 Brian Corr

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Posted August 05 2001 - 03:01 PM

I would go with banana plugs. You can get wall plates with binding posts that will accept banana's.
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#3 of 4 Wayne A. Pflughaupt

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Posted August 05 2001 - 03:10 PM

I prefer a straight uninterrupted cable from receiver to speaker, so I left enough slack on both ends to accomplish this. Banana plugs at each wall mean four more opportunities for a connection problem--per speaker. However, since the jacks are already there, I suppose you’re committed.

Of course, bananas are always preferable to RCAs for speaker connections. Actually anything is preferable to RCA connectors, no matter what the application, but unfortunately we have to live with them.

I suppose you’ve already figured out a way to interface the banana plugs with your Bose speakers?

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#4 of 4 Bob McElfresh

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Posted August 06 2001 - 07:34 AM

I did the same thing as Wayne: I have speaker wire going through blank-wall plates that I drilled holes through. Both the speaker and receiver ends use dual-banana plugs from Radio Shack.

This gives me a un-broken path now, a clean-looking installation, but I can always trim the wires later and add wall-plates with binding posts.

I really like the dual-bananas because they have a solid black-bar between them to prevent shorts, and I have not had a loose connection in nearly 2 years. They also make it simple to disconnect when I want to focus on just one speaker or the sub.