Speaker Cable Ends/Connections

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  1. stormsedge

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    I want to put 90 degree connectors on a couple of my speaker cabinet cables. I get the difference between instrument and speaker cable...but, I do not see any specific "speaker" cable ends offered. I've ordered some 90 degree instrument cable ends figuring they will work. Any thoughts before I put one of my speaker cables under the knife?
     
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    A 1/4" plug is a 1/4" plug. Dimensions are standard.

    Quality of materials, however, swings wildly. If you're gigging and need rugged dependability, do not cheap out. Buy Switchcraft or Neutrik brand.
     
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    The "pancake" right angle connectors don't have a ton of room inside for a typical lamp-cord-sized cable. But there's no need to shield a speaker connector. So you may end up leaving the cover off, in which case, you will need to figure out strain relief for it.
     
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    One idea for strain relief is to put heat shrinkable tubing on your cable that covers the end connectors. I've done this on the last few cables I built. It not only looks neat, but is easy to remove in the event you have to re-do that end.
     
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    Guitar amps are fine with 1/4 inch phono connectors.

    High wattage PA systems and Bass amps are better served with a Neutrik NL series type of connector which can handle higher current.
     
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    Except when they're 1, 2 or 3 pole. ;)

    All of mine are Neutrik PX
     
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    Let's not get too pedantic...we're not bi-amping guitar speaker cabs here :rolleyes:
     
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    hold on there - we haven't even gotten into which direction the cables are pointed . . :rolleyes::rolleyes:
     
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    Okay, Ken Fischer!


    haha
     
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    Yes we have. They're pointed down!

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    LOL. Got it. Thanks for the assist. I have both Switchcraft and Neutrix located.
     
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    Not if you're Australian!
     
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    Are those left handed or right handed? ;)
     
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    You can use the cheapo right angle pancake jacks, but you need a big iron to make it work before everything melts. And some electrical tape to prevent shorts.

    Also I have better luck with these when I remove the plating to make the connection between the sleeve/body and the wire. Sand/grind, wipe away grit, apply flux, then solder. Sometimes takes me 2 or 3 tries to get a good joint, since you're literally soldering a wire to a flat surface with no mechanical connection.
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    If it were easy little fluffy kittens would be doing it!
     
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    I have seen some listings for phone jacks specifically made for speaker cable that have larger terminals inside of them for the thicker conductor. I haven't tried them but I was thinking about adding a couple when I order some parts for guitar cables sometime soon.
     
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