What are some good banana plugs?

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  1. Chris PC

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    Good banana plugs? Are radio shack banana plugs ok? I have 5 way binding posts on my PSB's and on my receiver.
     
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    Chris, I use the Radio Shack banana plugs. They are very good, as far as I am concerned. At $5 USD per pair, you can't go wrong.
     
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    Cool. Which model number? Check out the Radio Shack.ca website. It doesn't have the 278-306 ones!
     
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    i use RS part #278-308A. solderless and very easy!
     
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    Home Depot sells some nice set-screw banana plugs -- RCA brand, model AH10.
     
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    MarkS,
    Why do you keep pushing these Knuconcepts products? Are you
    getting a kick back from the guy? Or ARE you the guy selling
    them?
    I think you honestly need to look at the entire line of RS
    Banana's before you deem the Knu Banana's to be better.
    And to be honest I think RS has some better models than the
    ones your in love with. That's just my opinion..
    Want the best Banana in the world? Just go to www.wbtusa.com
    and take your Visa because at WBT they don't take American
    Express.. (LOL that's a joke, they don't actualy sell direct) [​IMG]
     
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    I bought a bunch of cheap Radio Shack ones. The onyl ones they had were 274-721 (up here in Canada). Taking them back because they are tiny. I couldn't tell from looking at them. I thought they might be big enough, but when I took them apart, they look like they are made for 22 gauge speaker wire! oh well. I'll check again for some other ones.

    Does the Future Shop carry banana plugs? I might check into the Ultra-link ones.
     
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    Chris PC: If you do find some decent banana plugs at either place, could you let me know which ones they were? I've been looking around a little bit, but haven't really found any that I'd really want to get. I'm trying to fit some 12gauge wire, are you aiming for the same?
     
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    I would like banana plugs that fit 14 to 10 gauge wire. Right now I am using 12 gauge wire, but I may use up to 10 gauge in the future. I'll let you know what I find.
     
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    I really like RadioShacks dual banana plugs. Part number 278-308. They are virtually identical to the second link that Brian Schucher posted. If you are buying something from Parts Express anyway, I would pick those. I think shipping on them would push their price alone a little higher than radioshacks ($5.99) so perhaps best to buy 1) In bulk or 2) with other needed items.

    Dan Hine
     
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    Brett -

    I call them as I see them.

    $8 for 2 pairs that can handle 8-gauge cable is a bargain.

    I don't profess to know every banana plug manufactured, but I have seen my fair share from Radio Shack, Parts Express, MCM Electronics, KnuKonceptz, Onecall, Hifi.com, among many others.

    I made the mistake of AR banana plugs based upon someone elses recommendation. Caveat Emptor.

    The beauty of this forum is that everyone is entitled to their opinion and freedom to share that opinion. No one is obligated to take my advice (also, I am not affiliated with KnuKonceptz)...

    -mbs
     
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    Mark,

    I was just asking because IMHO Radioshack offers some great

    Banana's. Granted none that accept 8 Gauge wire.. If you

    feel the compulsive need to use 8awg then I guess Knu is one

    of your only choices. Even WBT only supports up to 10awg if

    I remember correctly.

    At any rate.. The RS Banana's work great on 12awg and for

    the money.. But for me, My final set of cables will wear

    nothing but the best.. WBT
     
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    Brett -

    RS makes great stuff for the money - most of it is RCA brand. I have RCA brand connect cables for most of my analog stuff - no complaints.

    I fully understand your passion and brand loyalty. You love AR speakers/RS connectors/SoundKing Cable and I respect that. I own B&W speakers, etc, etc...to each his/her own!

    Sorry Chris for cluttering your thread - stepping off my soap box. Brett we can continue this via email...

    -mbs
     
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    Feel free to chatter in this thread, but which Radio Shack banana plugs via the CANADIAN Radio Shack should I buy?
     
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    Chris, I've sent you a private message.

    Dan Hine
     
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    I checked my private messages and there is nothing there.
     
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    I bought a couple of RS model 278-308A (the dual banana plug). Without starting a flame war on which plug is best, I'd like to hear people's opinions on why one banana plug is better than another. What would do this - gold plating, more secure connection, better-quality parts, etc.?
    Looking forward to your opinions.
     

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