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Banana Plug Adapter Help
#385208 11/07/12 04:17 PM
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Need some help on ordering the banana plug adapters from Axiom. I want to order some new speaker cable from Axiom and just not sure what type of banana plug adapter I need.
They offer single spring and dual spring.

I have a Denon 3808CI and checked my manual but don't see anything specific to the banana plug.

Would anyone know off hand which to order?

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DanielBMe #385213 11/07/12 05:31 PM
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Either would work.
The springs are just the curved metal straps running along the lenth of the plug that you push into the jacks.

I suppose dual springs should offer a stronger hold in thoery. Although I had some dual spring (Radio Shack generic) banana plugs that continusously fell out of my speakers compared to some single spring plugs I purchased elsewhere. It's all in how well they are made.


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DanielBMe #385214 11/07/12 05:39 PM
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I can't look it up at the moment, but my assumption is that he means dual v. Single banana plugs in general.

Your Axioms can take dual banana plugs, but personally I went with single banana plugs on the receiver end of my 3808 just because they take up less space.


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DanielBMe #385219 11/07/12 06:33 PM
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Thanks Mark, I spoke to Brent and ended up with 3 prs of single and 3prs of dual. Single for the receiver end and dual for the speaker end.

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DanielBMe #385221 11/07/12 06:36 PM
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Sorry, When I read the word spring twice in "They offer single spring and dual spring." I thought you were referring to the number of springs on the lead.

Luckily Mark is ever-diligent.


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Murph #385252 11/07/12 10:09 PM
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which is better, Banana plugs or Axiom cable without?

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brwsaw #385256 11/07/12 11:39 PM
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Hi,

There's no "better". Banana plugs are simply more convenient, easier to connect and disconnect than bare cable, and it's less likely that a strand of the cable would fray and short the connection between the speaker connections.

Both methods use a contact connection, which is entirely adequate to transfer the high-level signal from the cable to the speaker posts.

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DanielBMe #385274 11/08/12 04:20 PM
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And you can get banana plugs in which no soldering is required such that you insert the bare wire into the plug, screw it down tight, then jack the plug into the speaker.
Still all the same idea, but with the easy disconnect feature.

For years i used banana plugs and was doing alot of switching and moving of components for testing, but the past couple of years i've slowed down and haven't moved things around in some time. I'm not certain which speaker sets still have banana plugs in use now.

Come to think of it, we haven't had any in house demos in awhile. We used to get at least one a year or so. Nothing now for one or two years.
That damn economy.


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alan #385277 11/08/12 04:53 PM
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Originally Posted By: alan
Hi,

There's no "better". Banana plugs are simply more convenient, easier to connect and disconnect than bare cable, and it's less likely that a strand of the cable would fray and short the connection between the speaker connections.

Both methods use a contact connection, which is entirely adequate to transfer the high-level signal from the cable to the speaker posts.

Regards,
Alan


Certainly banana plugs are the most convenient, however, I would caution that if your preference is a heavier duty thicker speaker cable, because of the cables extra weight and stiffness, it can actually break off the connection quite easily in which case it would be better to go to a direct wire or spade connection.

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chesseroo #385290 11/08/12 08:03 PM
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Originally Posted By: chesseroo
"in which no soldering is required"


What about soldering? I've heard some say its absolutely required. I've never, although I have considered using a dielectric grease at each end.




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