Speaker Connections to STR-945

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  1. Jim Ed

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    I have a Sony STR-945 and want to get the better speaker connections. I currently have bare copper, and know there is alot of room for improvement. My questions are:

    1.) Do I use banana plugs for the big binding post on the two main speakers?

    2.) How do I connect the surrounds / centers, they have spring clips on the back of the amplifier?

    3.) I have the JBL speaker package that is reccommend on here, do I just plug the banana plugs into those?

    Thanks Jim Ed
     
  2. John Morris

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    Jim: you just use either the bare wire as you are doing, or you can get pin connectors but they limit the gauge of cable you are using. You might also try posting this question in the receiver forum to see what current Sony STR-945 users are doing.
     
  3. Joseph Hoetzl

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    I have the STR-945 as well. I use Banana plugs on the mains and Monster "pigtails" on the rest. I wouldn't be to concerned about it. Why?

    1. Spades don't fit back there properly (Who designs these things!) When I received the monster cables I use (as a gift) they came with spades. So they use those screwy screw on connectors (which I have on many occasions considered cutting off), I purchased banana adapaters for them and pigtails for the rest. Banana's will make the back a bit neater that just bare wire, but the sonic differences are minimal at best.

    2. I don't know which JBL Package you have, but if you can hookup the subwoofer through the sub-out RCA jack, go that route. Unless the JBL's sub doesn't offer a input for it, as it might just have speaker level inputs.

    If you let me know which JBL Package it is, I could probably help more.

    Enjoy...
     
  4. Jim Ed

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    Wow, thanks for the quick replys.

    The sub is connected via a RCA style plug. The JBL package is 4 NW24's and a Center Channel. I do not recall the name at work. Also what exactly is a 'pigtail'? I did not see anything on the monster site with that name.

    Thanks again
     
  5. Joseph Hoetzl

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    A pigtail is basically a bare wire...with an interface to something else. Think of it as a AC plug, but with the other end cut off, and just the bare wires exposed.
    http://products.monstercable.com/por...d=33370&-find=
    don't be hooked on the Monster cable stuff. Radio shack stuff is more than sufficient for this stuff.
    Once you get is hooked up, one of the most important things is calibration. Try Avia, and while you are at Radio Shack, pick up a Sound Pressure Level Meter, for use with Avia, or any calibrating disc.
    SPL Meters:
    http://www.radioshack.com/product.as...5Fid=33%2D2055
    http://www.radioshack.com/product.as...5Fid=33%2D2050
    Avia:
    http://www.ovationsw.com/
     
  6. Chuck_C

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    Jim - I have a Sony STR-945 as well and like to use speaker wire that has been soldered on its ends for attachment to the binding posts. This keeps the ends from getting frayed and oxidized and makes a solid connection. If you have trouble getting it into a small opening it can be reformed by tapping the ends with a hammer aganist a hard surface.
     

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