I was thinking @Blue Bill was poking fun at the OCDiscussion, but... IMO getting into the sound waves in the air is a myopic way of looking at how modern speaker wiring works! Sort of like saying guitar players should tune to A 432 if they are not in a band, or that it doesn't matter what you tune your A to if you only play solo. Of course that is indeed true! In a discussion of alternate tuning preferences! Here the OP asked "How do I know which terminal goes for the jack tip and which goes for the sleeve?". There is indeed a correct answer to that simple question. All the other answers and debate are targeted toward an entirely different question! One reason a new guy home alone with a single amp should be given accurate tech info WRT wiring up his one lonesome speaker, is the fact that we will soon manipulate him into buying more amps, stereo rigs, Blooze Jamz, and general GAS attacks!