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    Default Banana Plugs...

    I am a banana plug fan and use the cheap ones from monoprice. I read from another thread that the banana's from monoprice actually degrades the sound of audio systems.

    What are some decent budgeted banana's that would help the sound of my system? (<$50 for 12 total plugs)

    I use AQ Type 4 Speaker Wire if that helps.

    How are these for quality? :

    http://www.speakerrepair.com/mm5/mer...e=black_chrome
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    Bleu Jeans Cable sells some nice locking plugs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoundArtillery View Post
    Bleu Jeans Cable sells some nice locking plugs.
    +1
    Its what I use for 12awg and 10awg and works out wonderfully. Also check out http://www.speakerrepair.com/mm5/mer...e=black_chrome I'll be using these (http://www.speakerrepair.com/mm5/mer...y_Code=locking) for my next pair of wires I make. :D
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    whats a banana plug ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rizzy138 View Post
    whats a banana plug ?
    Don't know . . . I think I saw one in a porno once. Try this.

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    SA, you got it wrong.

    Here's the right way to do it: http://tinyurl.com/m7yw6p
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    OMG that is awesome.

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    Darn, all these responses and only 1 recommendation!
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    "He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you." Friedrich Nietzsche

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    Woooop. That takes care of things. Thank you very much.
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    I am sorry, I have no opinion on the matter. I am sure you do. So, don't mind me, I just want to talk audio and pie.

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    Yea I saw that. The website has a 12 pack for $30. A little less coin that route
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    You can look up nakamichi plugs on ebay. They can be had for like 10-12 bucks for 24 of them and plenty of people use them if you're looking for something budget-friendly.
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    More options here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shicks18 View Post
    I am a banana plug fan and use the cheap ones from monoprice. I read from another thread that the banana's from monoprice actually degrades the sound of audio systems.

    What are some decent budgeted banana's that would help the sound of my system? (<$50 for 12 total plugs)

    I use AQ Type 4 Speaker Wire if that helps.

    How are these for quality? :

    http://www.speakerrepair.com/mm5/mer...e=black_chrome
    Are you planning on doing the re-termination yourself?
    Audioquest can do them for a reasonable fee if you don't want to do it yourself.
    AQ4's are a good introduction to hi-performance cables. How many hours do you think you have on them? Be sure they are running in the right direction. Sorry if I sound like a pecker head but people do miss some of these things once in awhile.

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    I like these. Beryllium copper base metal with gold plate.
    knukonceptz bfa bananas $7.99 set of 4
    http://www.knukonceptz.com/productMa...ry=Connectors#

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    Quote Originally Posted by NJPOLKER View Post
    Are you planning on doing the re-termination yourself?
    Audioquest can do them for a reasonable fee if you don't want to do it yourself.
    AQ4's are a good introduction to hi-performance cables. How many hours do you think you have on them? Be sure they are running in the right direction. Sorry if I sound like a pecker head but people do miss some of these things once in awhile.
    I will do the termination myself, unless there will be will be a benefit of ordering some cables already terminated. I have over 100 hours of listening for the cables. They are all set up correctly as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shicks18 View Post
    I am a banana plug fan and use the cheap ones from monoprice. I read from another thread that the banana's from monoprice actually degrades the sound of audio systems.
    Out of curiosity, where did you read this? I would like to see some proof for this. I'm not saying that it does or doesn't, but this is the first time I have heard this claim.

    Thanks.

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    I'd like to agree with lakedmb regarding this as well. Don't get me wrong I'm definitely a cable-believer so you might ask me why should that be limited to IC's/speaker wire right? A banana plug is just too short of a connect from the bare wire to the speaker terminal to actually make a difference. I'm not saying it isn't possible but for such differences to be heard (if any subtle differences), it'd most likely be heard on a very high-grade system that has outstanding synergy.
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    I was the one who posted it. There was a very noticeable difference between Monoprice nanners to bare wire.
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    Thats hard to believe, that monoprice BPs are degrading the sound,
    i have done intense listening with bare wire vs MP BPs i could not find
    any difference at all. I had the option to return them for a full refund,
    i decided to keep them. Just for the sake of bare wires shorting and ease
    of doing any tests cleaning etc.

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    Remember that everyone's gear is different and has different levels of resolution, plus everyone's ear's hear things differently and some have better hearing than others. There are soo many different factors to take into account.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dragon1952 View Post
    I like these. Beryllium copper base metal with gold plate.
    knukonceptz bfa bananas $7.99 set of 4
    http://www.knukonceptz.com/productMa...ry=Connectors#
    +1. I've been using these for a couple of weeks now, and am very pleased. They grip tight, accept heavier wire, and have greater surface contact than standard banana type connectors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ern Dog View Post
    Remember that everyone's gear is different and has different levels of resolution, plus everyone's ear's hear things differently and some have better hearing than others. There are soo many different factors to take into account.
    Anytime a cable debate, etc. breaks out, this should be posted and then the thread should be closed;)

    Oh yeah, I use banana plugs from Parts Express, Radio Shack, and Monster. Don't really care for the Parts Express plugs. The Radio Shack plugs work fine and I got them half price when a local store went out of business. I really like the Monster plugs, but like most things Monster they cost too much. Not much help am I??
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    Your opinions help, honestly. It is worth it to spend more money on banana plugs then just settle for MP.
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    Monoprice plugs degrade the sound quality... news to me, but oh well.
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    I'm using some cheapo monoprice bananas right now. I can't speak in regards to their SQ though, since I've never compared them to other bananas.

    These are pretty cheap plugs though. Decent for what they are, but I could imagine them degrading SQ to some extents.

    Whenever I've got some extra money burning a hole in my pocket and nothing better to spend it on, I'll be getting some of the GLS Locking Nanners to reterminate my HT system, and I'll either retire or Karma the Monoprice nanners.

    They're $70 for a pack of 28, which is enough to wire up a 7.1 system. They have them in several other amounts as well.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/28-Locking-Banan...4.c0.m14.l1262
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    Quote Originally Posted by comfortablycurt View Post
    Decent for what they are, but I could imagine them degrading SQ to some extents.
    Some people imagine all kinds of things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WilliamM2 View Post
    Some people imagine all kinds of things.
    Thank goodness they have medications for you.

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    FWIW Shicks, I use these dual nanners from Radio Shack with BJC Belden 5000UE for my surround speakers. I treated the plugs and wire with Caigs when I installed them. Been working fine for almost 2 years now.

    http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...ductId=2117820

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