Do you use Banana Plugs?

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  1. JasonWaddington

    JasonWaddington Stunt Coordinator

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    If so, why? Do they offer anything other than convenience for hooking speakers up? Do they offer better sound? Whats the deal?
     
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    convenience. so long as there's good connections its a wash as to how you want to do your connection and you shouldn't expect any one method to be audibly superior to another.
     
  3. Lee Petty

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    i use them for 2 reasons:
    they are convenient, much easier to plug and unplug than inserting bare wire all the time.
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    they make a good tight connection as long as you buy quality plugs.
     
  4. Ken Custodio

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    I use bannanas to connect the speaker wires to the terminals of my power amp, just because it makes it a bit easier and cleaner looking than running bare wires to the terminals.
     
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    I use them for convenience and I think it gives it a cleaner look which I like.
    James
     
  6. Will Orth

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    Going to use them in my new set up as you how hard is is to shove a wire through a hole that is like a pin?

    and if your amp-reciver ever takes a dump you just pul the plug and send it to service. also good for phase testing.


    Will
     
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    I uase bananas just for the convenience also. I used to disconnect and connect a lot.
     
  8. Dave Koch

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    Hi:

    I have never been a fan of banana's- even the best ones I have gotten (which may just not be good) don't seem as firm, or to have as good a connection as big, fat spades. Not those cheap Rat Shack spades, but big, thick (1/8 inch thick) gold-plated spades.

    I do not notice any sound difference really between the two- never listened and compared. Yes, the banana's are easy to pull out and change out (especially for my two-year-old... we don't need to go ther!) I just like having that beefy spade to twist down on firmly!

    Just my opiniom!

    dave
     
  9. LewB

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    I used banana plugs on the receiver end of my speaker cables. I was afraid that a stray strand of wire could short out the amp. I only used them on the receiver end because there are more connections in a smaller space there than on the speakers.
    I have to pull my receiver out the front of my cabinet to remove it, the plugs make that easier too.
     
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    ANyone ever solder their wire to the banana plugs? Maybe with Silver solder? Would this create a better connection than just screwing the top down on the wire?

    Kevin
     
  11. Lee Petty

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    that would probably be a good idea if you were never going to use that plug again, for a longer wire, better wire, etc. i guess you could always desolder it, but you wont be getting any solder in between the wire and the screw fitting on most plugs anyhow.
     

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