Plugs For Speakers

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  1. AbelM

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    What's the difference between the 2 kinds of plugs for speakers? I have seen regular normal Monster cable, and then I have seen these kinds that look like RCA jacks?? What the? How do these plug into your speakers?
     
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    RCA jacks? Only if you have amplified speakers that I've seen, unless you are talking binding posts that accept bannana jacks or unscrew to accept spades or bare wire.
     
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    What does Amplified mean?
     
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    Speakers that have their own amps built into them, so all you need to supply them with is signal.
     
  5. AbelM

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    Oh, that could be it then...huh? Oh well...thanx man!! [​IMG]
     
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    Abel,
    Did the connectors look like this?
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    If so, then this type of connector is called a Banana Plug.
     
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    Hey Brett DiMichele, yeah it looked exactly like that...does that mean you need a special type of receiver and speaker??
     
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    Abel,

    Banana Plugs insert into 5-Way Binding Posts. Most Mid and

    High End gear uses a Binding Post at the Speaker and Receiver

    and or Ammplifier.
     
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    Do you have a pic of banana plugs? Becuse I am pretty sure I have those, but how do they go into the speakers (the wires I mean)
     
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    Brett posted a pic of the wires terminated with plugs.
    http://www.crutchfield.com/S-CQAZuEs...p?i=0732531034
    These are binding posts.
    Some speakers and some amps have them. There's a hole in the middle of them that you stick the banana plug into.
    If there's a plastic plug in the middle of your binding post, you have to use bare wire or a spade connector.
    - CM
     
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    Ok, yeah I have these for my mains and center, but not for my rear. Huh, but how do they connect to a speaker that has regular connections?
     
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    Regular as in spring clips? (Tabs)

    You MUST use bare wire. No options.
     
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    You can use the bannana plugs on one end for your receiver and then bare wires at the other end for your speakers. Not to sure if it is even worth doing, but you can buy the bannana plugs at radio shack.
     
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    Thanx guys!!
     
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    Anyone else have an opinion on if it is worth spending the money on banana plugs?
     
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    Really truly, it's a convienience thing for me. I like bare wire, but my receiver is a pain to feed wire into. So I use banana's on the rec. side of things.

    If it weren't for the pain in the butt, I'd stick with bare wire.

    But that's me. I can still appreciate a nice set of plugs/jacks. Nice to look at, but does nothing for the sound.
     
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    Bare wire is best, I find my speakers EASY to get bare wire into, but my receiver a pain. It's bi-wired so I put 1 set of wire bare and the other set with plugs to make it easier, still a pain but easier! hehe
     
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    How do you guys feel about speaker pins over bare wire?
     
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    I have no idea what pins are used for. Maybe for the anti-spade collars on some posts?
     
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    Some spring clips have holes in them that pins fit nicely into. My fried has a kenwood receiver and his 12 guage wire doesn't fit into the spring clips. So, I told him to purchase some pins, and he said that they fit perfectly.
    HERE is a picture of the spring clips.
     

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