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Speaker cable connectors

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Steven M*M*, Jun 20, 2002.

  1. Steven M*M*

    Steven M*M* Auditioning

    Jun 10, 2002
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    I'm not sure what type of speaker wire connectors I should utilize. I have 12 gauge speaker wire running from my Arcam avr100 to AE Aegis apeakers. I'm pretty sure that the arcam will not take bannana plugs. Should I use spade connectors on the speaker end? And what about on the receiver end? Any thoughts would be appreciated.
  2. Bill Kane

    Bill Kane Screenwriter

    Feb 5, 2001
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    steven, welcome to HT Forum.
    1. Banana plugs if amplifier binding post handle them is the most convenient way to plug in. Sometimes the posts are so close together it's a chore to insert bare wire ends.
    2. Spade terminals are the classic connectors for screw-type posts offering a lot of surface area contact.
    3. Bare wire trimmed a half-inch and twisted must be used for spring-type terminals; or can be inserted in 5-way binding posts that have a hole in the shaft. If 12gauge is too thick to insert, just peel away a few strands and cut off with side-cutters.
    The most important caution with bare wire connections is NO LOOSE STRANDS between terminals. I haven't used them, but there are metal pins to attach to wires used in spring terminals.
    (I am not a moderator, so forgive me, but you don't have to cross post here; pick your best forum and submit there.) [​IMG]

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