Banana Plugs Needed?

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  1. MikeGee

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    Are Banana plugs really needed for anything other than a cleaner looking connection? I cant see sound being any clearer when it passes from a copper wire through to a gold plated plug. I have a Pioneer 1014 as my receiver.
     
  2. Brad E

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    Your right, they do nothing for sound quality. If you anticipate unhooking wires a lot, it may be worth the price.
     
  3. BrentCook

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    The cheapest ones I have found are a screw down type at Radio Shack. $2.50 a pair. I'm comparing some speakers right now, and they make life a lot easier. They also eliminate any chance of a stray strand of wire shorting out the terminals.

    I think they are worth it, 5 bucks per speaker isn't bad. [​IMG]

    Oh, they have gold ones for $5 a pair at Home Depot. I don't care about looks, so I passed.
     
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    that's the main reason i use them. plus they look kinda cool.

    brent mentions the screw down type - i think he means the compression style plugs. those are *definitely* the kind to use. don't use the ones where you simply twist the wire onto the plugs - those always come loose - especially if you have heavy wire.

    make sure the plugs somehow "clamp" the wire.
     
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    I don't care much how they look. Occasionally stuff comes unplugged (moving stuff around, cats misbehaving). Plugging in a banana jack is a lot easier then anything else. That's why I use them. And they don't mess up the sound.
     
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    I give them an A+ on safety, and use them. Only takes one loose strand of copper wire to sort of ruin your day if you know what I mean. [​IMG]
     
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    I use them for both my systems for ease of use and safety factor. When I home audition speakers, it's really handy to just swap the plugs.
     
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    I have found that if you twist the ends of your wires and then solder them they do not fray and make for good solid connections into the receiver.
     
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    They are "Speaker Jewelry" and if your speakers look good, they feel good [​IMG]
     

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