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Banana plugs and biwiring

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Joe Wong, Jul 4, 2001.

  1. Joe Wong

    Joe Wong Second Unit

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    Hi,
    Sorry if the following question is obvious, but I don't have much knowledge of banana plugs, etc.
    If one is biwiring speakers (for simplicity, let's say the center speaker), I understand that two separate speaker wires are connected to the center speaker binding post on the receiver/amplifier. If one is using banana plugs as terminators, how do 2 bananas fit into one binding post?
    Thanks!
    Joe
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  2. Chip E

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    You obviously "can't" put two banana's in one post. Unless you use bi-wires, you have to run two seperate wires. Use banana's for one set and spades or bare wire for the other set. (i'd use the spades)
    - Chip
     
  3. Wayne A. Pflughaupt

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    I don’t know about expensive banana plugs but you can do this if you use the cheaper plugs (typically they come in red or black). They have holes in the ends that allow another banana plug to be plugged in to them.
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  4. LarrySkelly

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    Or do what I did with my CAT-5 biwire cables - at the receiver end terminate the pair of two-wire cables in one pair of banana plugs. Terminate the other end (four wires) in two pairs as per usual.
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  5. Joe Wong

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    Thanks for the replies, guys.
    It looks like I'm going with Larry's suggestion. My speaker wire has 4 conductors, so on the amp end these will all be terminated into two connectors (+ and -), and the other end will have 4.
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    Wanna bet? :D
     
  8. Brett DiMichele

    Brett DiMichele Producer

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    I used the Radio Shack Banana Plugs pictured below. I was
    able to fit 2 12awg runs of SoundKing wire into each Plug
    when the wires were braided together. Then I silver soldered
    them into the plugs. I tried crimping these terminals and
    even though RS says they are Crimp Type they do not crimp.
    You are better off soldering anyway.
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    http://www.radioshack.com/product.asp?catalog%5Fname=CTLG&category%5Fname=CTLG%5F005%5F003%5F009%5F005&product%5Fid=910%2D4792
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    http://www.radioshack.com/product.asp?catalog%5Fname=CTLG&category%5Fname=CTLG%5F005%5F003%5F009%5F005&product%5Fid=910%2D4793
    And the finished product..
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