Don't want to seem like a total dufus BUT.....

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  1. WendyS

    WendyS Stunt Coordinator

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    I bought a bunch of these and there are no instructions how to use them.

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    I searched for an NXG website for help but couldn't find one.
    Inside each connector there is a small plug.
    My guess is to insert the speaker wire, add the plug and screw until it is tight. Yes? No?
    What are the openings in the side for?
    I'm not sure how far back to strip the wires.
     
  2. Allan Jayne

    Allan Jayne Cinematographer

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    Yes, insert the wire, add the plug if needed, and screw until it is tight.

    Strip just enough from the end of the speaker wire so that the bare end goes as far as it can go through the connector, and the plastic insulation also goes as far as it can go except the insulation is never squeezed in the screw down. If you stripped too much, cut a little off the bare end until you get it right

    The other opening is used if you want to connect two or more wires into the same jack in the amplifier or speaker system (rare) and you fasten one connector to the end of each wire and then insert the second connector into the first connector etc.

    If the wire is too thin to be caught when you screw things down, you can insert it anywhere that it can be caught tight with metal to metal contact.

    Video hints:
    http://members.aol.com/ajaynejr/video.htm

    Actually if you can fasten the wires directly to the amplifier or speaker system with good metal to metal contact, and you don't need to undo and redo the connections frequently even for moving and vacuuming around etc. then you don't need those connectors.
     
  3. ScottCHI

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    piggy-backing those like that is great for bi-wiring
     
  4. Vince Maskeeper

    Vince Maskeeper Producer

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    The side opening is the best place to insert the wires, actually, the back is where the plugs can piggyback.

    -Vince
     
  5. Bob McElfresh

    Bob McElfresh Producer

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    Is this a hole with a side-screw, or does the back-end of the banana plug come off if you un-screw it enough?

    If the back end comes off you do this:

    - Unscrew the back end
    - Shove speaker wire up through the hole
    - Strip about 1/8 inch (very small amount) of insulation
    - "Fan" the copper fibers back. The back-end should have a slanted area for these to lay against
    - Screw the top-part back on which will crush the copper fibers between the 2 parts to give a very strong mechanical and electrical connection.

    IMPORTANT: make sure there are no copper strands of wire sticking out the sides. These can later cause shorts as the wires sag against each other over the years.

    Hope this helps.
     
  6. Chris PC

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    Those look like Radio Shack? Yes?
     
  7. ScottCHI

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    no, that hole on those particular banana plugs is strictly for piggy-backing another plug. although the back does screw off, the hole does NOT "go through".
     
  8. Kevin Deacon

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    I shoved my wire through the back and soldered it to the inside.
     

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