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Home Stereo Speaker Wire Banana Plugs or Soldered Ends?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by DugT, Oct 27, 2020.

Home Stereo Speaker Wire Banana Plugs or Soldered Ends?

  1. Banana plugs

    14 vote(s)
    53.8%
  2. Soldered wire ends

    4 vote(s)
    15.4%
  3. Other

    8 vote(s)
    30.8%
  1. DugT

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    I was just considereing getting banana plugs for my speaker wires but after reading some reviews of them I decided against them. For the past 50 years I have been soldering the ends of my speaker wires to keep them from unraveling and to make it easier to get them into the jacks. That has worked well but it is more time consuming too make changes.

    Are banana jacks especially for those who don't solder or those who unplug a lot or audiofiles who believe in connector tone magic?
     
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  2. Torren61

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    Banana plugs. As you can see at this time, 100% of people who voted agree with me...
     
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  3. Junkyard Dog

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    Neither. Just plug the wire directly into the spring terminal (or post or whatever). Maximum signal with no loss or coloration from connector.
     
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    Plugs for me. There'll be a time when soldered ends bend and break off.
     
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  5. DugT

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    Now that I have voted it is an exact tie. It may end up in the Supreme Court!
     
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  6. String Tree

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    I have a couple of systems that blend consumer electronics with some of my PA gear.
    Many custom adjustments (made my own one-off cables) have been made over the years.
    Never a problem.
     
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    In the interest of keeping things knotted up I voted for soldered but it really depends on whatever the speaker has, usually spring loaded terminals. Years ago I switched all my PA to banana plugs now it has all been replaced with powered speakers. That was a big improvement over 1/4".
     
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    I'm old school .
     
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    They'll probably rule your vote invalid.
     
  10. W.L.Weller

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    You're supposed to jump rope with a jump rope, not yr speaker cables.

    I'm always surprised that using phone plugs for instrument-level signals and speaker-level signals hasn't resulted in more broken/melted gear over the years.
     
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    With 5 way binding posts either soldered spades or banana plugs
    With spring loaded terminals either bare wire or soldered pins
     
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    You using "monsta cables"? :lol:
     
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    I solder the wire into banana plugs.
     
  14. tubelectron

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    Me too. I use 4mm banana plugs soldered to speaker cables ends each time when possible.

    [​IMG]

    On spring contacts - which I consider to be poorest way - I use bare wire, sometimes tinned...

    But it's me, OK ? :D

    -tbln.
     
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    Yes, just plain wire twisted into the terminal. My terminals are screw-in which are a pain. Why can't they just put in phone jacks like every guitar amp and guitar in the world use?
     
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    Soldered ends for both spring loaded and screw-on terminals. Twist the copper core, flow solder onto it. Works, lasts a long time, simple and inexpensive. For speaker wire I use plain lamp cord, or the clear cable with a white stripe on one side, in the appropriate gauge. Used on both my 1970s vintage Marantz receiver and JBL speakers and the 2020 Denon A/V receiver and Polk speakers.

    I fell for the Monster hype once, when it was first introduced.
     
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    I have always tinned the copper wire for my McIntosh speakers.Never had a problem.
     
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    Any true multi-way binding post will also accept spade lugs. The best kind can be both crimped and soldered onto the wire, like these from AudioQuest.
     
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