Speaker wire and Banana Plugs questions

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  1. Tom_Maher

    Tom_Maher Stunt Coordinator

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    Due to my need to move my receiver from time to time, especially over the next few months, I purchased Banana plugs for my speaker to receiver connections. Unfortunately, I need 14 (2 for each speaker) connectors, and Best Buy only had 3 sets Acoustic Research ones (12 connectors total, gold plated, 8.99 per set of 4), so I also picked up a set of the Monster Cable ones (4 connectors total, 19.99). My question is, will I notice any difference at all between the two sets (intend to use the Monster ones for my front mains and the Acoustic Research ones for the front center and 4 rear speakers. Additionally, I need to purchase speaker wire for all 7 speakers. I will be running the wire for the 4 surrounds in the walls, and the wire for the mains on the ground. I've heard I should go 12 gauge all the way, but what brand is best? I can get this Monster cable, the Monster XP Speaker Cable (http://www.monstercable.com/productP...in=71&mixtype=) at Best Buy, but no gauge is listed. Should I buy the Monster Cable, or go with something else? Thanks for the help!
     
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    I use the radio shack gold set screw type bananas and they are much better than the monster cable junk that don't connect right. You won't hear any difference but the RS gold ones are great. They are easy to set up and change if you need to.
     
  4. Colin-H

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    I picked up some of the $0.40/ft 12 AWG stuff from http://www.knukonceptz.com/. (The twisted Karma Kable is some of the coolest looking plain-old speaker wire I've seen, I have to admit, but I couldn't justify paying twice as much just because it's twisted and double jacketed.) I also picked up 4 sets of bananas to go into my receiver. I like the look of the all-metal bananas vs. the Radio Shack and AR bananas that have the rubber boot, and they're just as cost effective @ $8 per set of 4. The stuff will be delivered tomorrow, so I'll have a chance to see if it's as good as it looks.
     
  5. WilliamG

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    Tom,

    If you have a Home Depot locally, go there and get the 12 ga. speaker cable. I got mine about a month ago for .34/ft.
     
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    Another vote for home depot. I think Rat Shack is a little too much.
     

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