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    Default naked wire vs plug vs banana plug

    sorry i mean pins and banana pins
    whats the difference? i just bought belking pureAV 100ft 16 gauge speakerwire it came with 4 pairs of plugs. they sound wonderful and look beautiful compare to my old alluminum ones came with my old klipsch speaker.



    i wonder what does these plugs do?
    isnt plug naked wire into speaker and receiver enough? and why theres banana plugs? whats the difference? do they improve soundquality (i thought more plugs is worse)?
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    I use them to ensure a proper connection to my speaker/amp when hooking things up together. Also you don't have any wire sticking out to make any contact with the other end in case that were to ever happen (maybe you bump into something etc). Also imo its a much cleaner install.

    One more thing, youre not related to Slowpolky right?
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    so am i suppose to use the pins for both end of the wires? (speaker and receiver)
    i dont think these things will stick in to my receiver
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    IMO
    there are various methods sold to provide mechanical connections
    many were original designed for a specific application
    ring and tip for example was developed for the telephone industry.

    just keep to the fundamentals.
    strong, clean, and easy to service connectors will be fine.

    If you plan on connecting and disconnecting frequently then choose something
    appropriate.

    The banana plug (male) and banana jack (female) was
    invented in 1924 by Richard Hirschmann

    WHY is th banana jack the female ? Ironic .....

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    so should i use them? (one end or both end)
    or should i buy more?
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    I think the pins would come in handy if you have the clip type binding post as they are very thin and small. Nanner plugs are thick and plug in to the binding post. Most people use them for convenience if they are plugging and unplugging their gear often. I use nanner plugs as I like the way they look and the ease of use when disconnecting my gear. I don't think there is a proven sonic improvement using them.
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    thx everybody. so if i understood correctly of what you saying, i dont really need them if they r the only speakers i have.
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    It's just a matter of convenience, theyre not required at all.
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    It just makes better contact and allot easier to set up without screwing the wires in. I got some of these and they're well worth the money took a little time to get here though.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/24-PCS-Nakamichi...3A1%7C294%3A50

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    do they go both end or just the speaker end?
    what is the proper way to plug the speaker wires to the receiver?
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    Quote Originally Posted by zarrdoss View Post
    It just makes better contact and allot easier to set up without screwing the wires in. I got some of these and they're well worth the money took a little time to get here though.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/24-PCS-Nakamichi...3A1%7C294%3A50
    Nice plugs zarrdoss, I'm using bluejeans plugs. Heavy lil buggers given their size
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    Quote Originally Posted by SivaNevets View Post
    do they go both end or just the speaker end?
    what is the proper way to plug the speaker wires to the receiver?
    You can have them at both ends, I do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kawizx9r View Post
    Nice plugs zarrdoss, I'm using bluejeans plugs. Heavy lil buggers given their size
    Thanks, after seeing a set of four in BB go for over $20 and they sucked. These are real good quality and don't come off, and less than $17 for 24, and I just ordered 24 more for the hell of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Willow View Post
    You can have them at both ends, I do.
    Me too, makes set up so much easier.

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    I might just order some as well, my HT speakers are plugged straight in via wire. Only using plugs for my SDA's, tho it might be a bit tricky plugging all pins/plugs in the back of my Denon, think I'll just do it on the speakers end in case I just want to perform a quick swap while leaving cables in place.
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    any recommendations from monoprice? im buying all the cables from them very shortly.
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    I didn't see anything there Id take over the ones I got on E-bay. But if I had to I would go with these.

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

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    Exactly the ones I was looking at @monoprice. Go with those if youre going to buy only fromt hat site
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    Quote Originally Posted by zarrdoss View Post
    I didn't see anything there Id take over the ones I got on E-bay. But if I had to I would go with these.

    http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2
    didnt notice the ones u mentioned from ebay has FREE shipping to canada. :D

    Thanks Ill grab a bag of banana from ebay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SivaNevets View Post
    didnt notice the ones u mentioned from ebay has FREE shipping to canada. :D

    Thanks Ill grab a bag of banana from ebay.
    They take a while because they're coming from Hong Kong but worth the wait, let me know what you think.

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    I like to just use good cables, I feel you get better contact with bare wire.

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    whatever works for you, I think it makes good contact either way, I just hate messing with the manual hook-up.

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    I use the closed screw type from monoprice on 14ga. wire with no problems. They sure make life easy
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    Quote Originally Posted by zarrdoss View Post
    I didn't see anything there Id take over the ones I got on E-bay. But if I had to I would go with these.

    http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2
    wow it's cheap. thanks for the link

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    How long of a wait on the Nakamichi plugs?
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    This last batch took 12 days from order to door.

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