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    Need some cheapie banana plugs for a buddy. They just need to work, dont need to be anything special. We will be using Monoprice 14/2 CL2 in wall rated speaker wire for his setup so nothing crazy gauge wise.

    I found 2 different types for decent prices and wanted thoughts on em.

    Type 1 (look similar to Audioquest ones I have seen)Gold Plated Banana Plug Connectors 14-8 AWG 4 Pcs. Set Screw-Type Termination

    Type 2 (look like Monster Quick Connects on the end) Gold Plated Screw Type Banana Plugs 18-12 AWG 4 Pcs.

    Any other cheap suggestions welcome.

    IIRC the monoprice banana's had issues with them hence not listing them as well..
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    How many does he need? I have some cheap eBay "Nakamichi" ones I would be willing to karma if he doesn't need like 20. Hehe.
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    For bananna plugs on the cheap, I've used these before:

    http://www.parts-express.com/pe/show...number=091-350

    http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2

    If going with the set screw type, I like the dual opposing kind rather than the single set screw ones you have linked. PE doen't seem to have any like that.

    Edit:

    Noticed you don't want the Mono ones. I bought some about 9 months ago & had no issues. When did you see reports of them being crap?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZLTFUL View Post
    How many does he need? I have some cheap eBay "Nakamichi" ones I would be willing to karma if he doesn't need like 20. Hehe.
    LOL, he needs 20 for a full 5 channel setup, if not 24 (if he uses wallplates for his surrounds), or 32 (if he uses Zone 2 speakers) lol....
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    Let me see how many I have. I want to keep at least 2 sets handy for emergencies. I will let you know later today.
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    http://www.ebay.com/itm/181022753894...84.m1423.l2649

    I've used these in the BFA type both of these(BFA + spring type) are better than the NAK's which i have also used

    go out to Chanlers store very respectable guy to deal with

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    I got a bunch of RCA branded banana plugs from Menard's for about 2 bucks a pair. They have the terminal screw hidden by a screw on sleeve.

    Edit: here they are http://www.menards.com/main/electric...02-c-12572.htm

    Guess it was about 2.50
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    I have used this locking banana plugs - http://sewelldirect.com/Sewell-Harpo...gs-8-pair-.asp

    They are not as good as the GLS ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveHo View Post
    For bananna plugs on the cheap, I've used these before:


    http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2
    The only issue I've had with those MP plugs is they can unscrew themselves when used on speakers. Even if I use pliers to tighten down the cables they still came lose. A piece of 3/8" heat shrink tubing over the banana plug stopped them from backing out.

    Otherwise they work just fine.

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    I like the "Type 1" style, I think they're called BFA Banana. It's a tighter connection, and the plug is less likely to fall apart.

    I've used the same style Nakamichi, from this seller, with good results. Less than a buck a piece:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/24-Nakamichi...item2a218695d2
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    I have the first type and they work great!

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    Enders, sorry took so long to post back up. I went through my bag and I have about half of what he would need. He is welcome to them if he wants em.

    I will be holding on to a enough pairs to do 2 cables but other than that...
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZLTFUL View Post
    Enders, sorry took so long to post back up. I went through my bag and I have about half of what he would need. He is welcome to them if he wants em.

    I will be holding on to a enough pairs to do 2 cables but other than that...
    Nah, he's got to order a bunch of other small stuff anyway (cable wire boxes, speaker wire, hdmi cables, etc) so, 20 bucks isnt going to break him too much.

    Thanks though!
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