Banana Clips

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  1. Arvin

    Arvin Auditioning

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    is it beneficial to use banana clips? i thought that more connections meant more loss of signal?

    SO, what are the pros and cons of banana clips?
     
  2. Bob McElfresh

    Bob McElfresh Producer

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    Not exactly.

    Banana Plugs are for convience.

    PRO:

    Most AV receivers have their binding posts in a tight field that makes it a real chore to wire 12 ga into the sides.

    Banana plugs let you do a neat wireing job. (Neatness is very important here - any stray strands of copper can cause a short.)

    Nobody I have heard of can hear the difference between 2 speakers where one is wired with bananas and the other with bare wire. So there is no audible difference.

    The Dual banana plugs from Radio Shack (xxx-308) are great for behind your speakers. The solid spacer bar prevents shorts should a kid/dog yank the speaker wires while the power is on. (Note: The spacing of binding posts are not standard so buy 1 set and bring them home to see if they fit your speakers/receiver). For behind the receiver, the Radio Shack single bananas (xxx-306) dont stick out as far.

    CON:

    The banana plugs ARE friction fit so they could tug out. But they do make "Locking Banana Plugs" that need a twist before they get released.

    On the other hand, a quick-disconnect could keep your receiver from being pulled out of your rack should something strong snag a speaker wire and pull.


    I highly recommend the banana plugs.
     
  3. Troy_j

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    Let's me put it this way:

    Unless test eqpt has BNC connections for it's leads, it propably has bannana plugs.

    If it's what I use to verify a good v. bad signal, I bet it's fine for speaker wire connection. Also I feel that the tight fit of a bannana combined with formentioned convience show a clear path to persure.

    my .02
     
  4. Arvin

    Arvin Auditioning

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    thanks guys, i appreciate it
     

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