Binding Post Vs. Bananna Plug

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  1. AllenLC

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    I have an OnkyoTX-SR800 and I have the choice of binding or plugging the speakers in.
    I asked an audio shop rep about it and he said he would bind because the plugs would corrode eventually. Hmm? I said they are gold plated. He said they will still corrode over time. I don't know guys. I never seen gold corrode.
    So can I get some input on the 2 choices. Corrosion aside, what are your thoughts between the 2?
     
  2. Brian Bunge

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    For a receiver I always prefer using banana plugs for ease and convenience.
     
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    Your audio shop rep = idiot. In your lifetime gold won't corrode. Ever seen a gold corroded wedding ring, necklace, etc.? There's a TINY chance he may have been talking about the copper wire that you attach to the banana plugs, but I doubt it from your story.

    I use banana plugs for convenience, as do most people who use them. In my opinion, bare wire, banana plugs, spades all are the same.
     
  4. Bob McElfresh

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    The exposed copper wire will oxidize (turn dull brown) in a year or two. This is a problem for both plugs and bare-wire connections. Banana plugs should never oxidize or corrode unless you have moisture issues as well. (This could be the salesmans experience).

    Advice: Plan on performing a "HT Cleaning" every 2 years. This involves un-plugging everything (even power cords) and cutting off the ends of all speaker wires, stripping and re-attaching. Since banana plugs make this a lot easier (and it's much safer since you dont have tiny strands of copper sticking out), go with the plugs.

    I like the Radio Shack dual plugs (xxx-308) for behind the speakers. But if these stick out too far for behind your the receiver, use the single bananas (xxx-306).

    Also: I highly recommend putting the receiver/amp on the lowest possible shelf. This allows all the speaker wires to flow out with minimal drop/weight and natrually keeps them away from the other components and wires. Pull the power cords to one side and bind loosly with velcro or split-tubing (see Radio Shack as well). Let the interconnects dangle down the middle or loosly bundle like the power cords.

    Good Luck.
     

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