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#96258 - 05/25/05 05:29 PM banna plugs
smokey Offline
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Registered: 02/11/05
Posts: 85
just a kick question. i'm currently running my speaker wire just the wire ends to my reciever and amp. should i go with banna plugs do they make the connection better.

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#96259 - 05/25/05 05:41 PM Re: banna plugs
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Personally, I think the best connection is bare wire, other opinions may vary
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#96260 - 05/25/05 05:55 PM Re: banna plugs
nickbuol Offline
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Registered: 09/16/04
Posts: 4728
Loc: Marion, IA
Sirquack, you look different... OK, so maybe it is just your new female avatar..

Anyway, bare wire is supposed to be the best connection. Fewer points for a bad connection to be made. Downfall is the possibility for corrosion.

I got some nice solder and soldered the ends of mine. Make sure that you don't just get plumbing solder, it is different than electrical solder. Some have used silver solder for even better connections.

Banana plugs do "look" nice and finished, but if you are going to hook things up and leave them hooked up, I would skip them.

Others here DO use banana connections because they move things around, unplugging and replugging their speakers and components. Those crazy people (just kidding everyone) have a very good reason for the banana plugs since it makes the plugging in and out quick and easy.
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#96261 - 05/25/05 06:59 PM Re: banna plugs
smokey Offline
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Registered: 02/11/05
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thats good news save some bucks. since i don't move stuff and the connection is just as good with bare wire thats great. thanks for the help

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#96262 - 05/25/05 07:34 PM Re: banna plugs
darren700 Offline
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Registered: 05/17/05
Posts: 200
Loc: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
i decided to order them along with my m60's and 50' wire just so i get the ht discount it ends up being cheaper than without em


Edited by darren700 (05/25/05 07:34 PM)
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#96263 - 05/25/05 09:12 PM Re: banna plugs
nickbuol Offline
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Registered: 09/16/04
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Loc: Marion, IA
Cool way to get a discount, but again, unless you need to move things around a lot, or unless you just want the "cool" factor of the plugs, I would skip them.

I went round and round with myself on this same topic. I almost got them just because I thought that it would make the connections look more "professional"...

Ends up that nobody else but me looks anyway, and I get the best connection with bare wire anyway.

Another train of thought is that you definately won't hear a better sound with bananas, but unless done right (which isn't hard, but you never know) could end up with something inferior...
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#96264 - 05/25/05 10:32 PM Re: banna plugs
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Registered: 04/30/05
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Loc: Alabama
I agree with the board comments! If you aren't going to move your wires/ cables very often, then bare wire is just fine. I recently put banana plugs on my wires because I am going to be doing some changes when I get a new HD TV and, perhaps, some new audio gear.
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#96265 - 05/25/05 11:10 PM Re: banna plugs
bugbitten Offline
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Registered: 04/06/05
Posts: 2339
Loc: Madisonville, KY
I used dual bananas for my 60-80 test. Worked real well for qucik changes, but I did have to check wire tightness when I moved the connection.

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#96266 - 05/25/05 11:50 PM Re: banna plugs
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"Sirquack, you look different... OK, so maybe it is just your new female avatar.. "

Dude if I was a female, I would love to look like Diana Krall
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#96267 - 05/26/05 12:05 AM Re: banna plugs
bridgman Offline
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Registered: 08/25/04
Posts: 5536
Loc: Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada
>>Dude if I was a female, I would love to look like Diana Krall

Yeah, but we're still talking "if" here, right ?

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