Log in or Sign up. Steve Hoffman Music Forums. Poll: Banana plugs, poorer sound quality than bare wire? Does banana plugs give you significantly poorer sound quality than bare wire? Location: Copenhagen, Denmark.
It helps to Baer a clean installation Bare banana plugs a perfect and top-quality connection. I won't say it works or doesn't work, I just can't notice a difference to justify it. Pingbacks are Off. Log in. The general consensus is that bi-wiring is "hocus pocus" while it may provide improvement in sound conceptually, realistically any improvements it provides will not be audible.
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It is ideal Bare banana plugs connect the center speakers and satellite in the 5. This is just a general question for anyone. Take the banana plug with the red stripe and unscrew the bottom about half way and feed the speaker wire into the bottom of the banana plug. The whole plug is gold plated to avoid corrosion and ensure a smooth connection. The v-lock technology integrates a conductive cone in the banana plugs that work well to give a great amount of surface area for the amazing Thumb sucking joke connection. Adding to Cart The banana plugs I bought came with a screwdriver, but I found it to be a bit small for the job; if you have a set of small, flat-bladed jeweler's screwdrivers, you'll be good to go. Buying Guides Quicklinks. Sansui, and Napoleon's Retreat from Moscow. I had to experiment with this before I got it right. If you are looking for the dual banana connector plugs, then go for this 24K Bare banana plugs plated plugs from Monoprice. But, which is the best option to choose? Please try your search again later.
There are several ways you can opt to terminate your speaker wire, depending on what connections your amplifier and speakers have.
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- For home audio, bare wires are the hair-shirt solution.
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- The banana plugs are the useful things to make a connection between the audio speakers and the amplifiers.
- We all know that the banana plugs and bare wires are the most commonly used to connect the speakers to the amplifiers or the receivers.
AVS Forum articles Contests. OR Remember. Old , AM - Thread Starter. Schuyler Bain. Banana plugs on Amp vs. I recently read an article Sound and Vision? I've been using banana plugs for years anywhere possible. Is there some unwritten rule about only using bare wire for amp connections, for a permanent setup?
Schuyler Bain is offline. Remove Advertisements. Old , AM. I use the bare wire to connect to my speakers. I've heard of people not liking banana plugs because it just adds a connection to the stream the could degrade the sound.
That's really all I've heard on the subject. BNestico is online now. I'm really interested in this topic as I was just about to order 20 banana plugs. Hooking up receivers with bare wire is a pain, but if it sounds better I'll do it! Bill Fitzmaurice. Originally Posted by tedhontz. Ratman likes this. Bill Fitzmaurice is offline. My World Beating System! OK, I turn it down when other people are home. Newbie likes this.
Originally Posted by drh3b. I think some people don't believe it makes as good contact as other methods, but I doubt it makes any real world difference. I have both spades, banana plugs, also some bare wire work in progress , and they all seem to make fine contact to me. Originally Posted by Schuyler Bain. I noticed in your equipment list the Emotiva XPA3 gen3.
I'm ordering that today for LCR's. Are you happy with that amp? I have have an XPA5 gen 2 for my other channels. Old , PM. These media bridge plugs are my favorites. Now this is getting more complicated. I was trying to find out if using banana plug VS bare wire has an advantage or not. CharlesJ is offline. My plugs have two little screws that require a small screwdriver to contact the wire. One thing I remember about using bare wire is that the speaker wire gets oxidized and turns hard and brittle forcing me to occasionally remove the wire from the receiver and cut a new end on the wire to keep the sound quality good.
I still don't know what to do now. Newbie is offline. Sean Spamilton. Sean Spamilton is offline. Originally Posted by Newbie The sewell and mediabridge plugs are functionally the same but the mediabridge plugs are much stronger. For every 20 sewell plugs I had one that the head stripped put from the body.
The mediabridge plugs are much stronger and where the sewell is a plastic body the mediabridge is some sort of non conductive metal.
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Learn more about Amazon Prime. Get fast, free delivery with Amazon Prime. Back to top. Get to Know Us. Amazon Payment Products. Each pair of cables will use a red striped banana plug and a black striped banana plug. The banana plug with the red stripe will attach to the grey cable with the red stripe printed on it. The other banana plug will attach to the black cable. Take the banana plug with the red stripe and unscrew the bottom about half way and feed the speaker wire into the bottom of the banana plug.
There is a cone at the front of the plug that spreads the wires in the speaker cable out to ensure a good connection. This will twist the wire farther into the plug, giving a strong connection.
If you have properly fed enough wire into the banana plug, this should tighten down on the wire and keep it from falling out. Repeat this process for the other banana plug, making sure to insert the cable in as far as you can to ensure a strong connection. With both speaker cables inserted and secured in the banana plugs, simply connect the plugs into the back of your speaker or receiver. Download W Credit Application. View cart. How to use banana plugs with speaker wire Why Banana Plugs There are many benefits of using banana plugs with your speaker wire.
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Log in or Sign up. Steve Hoffman Music Forums. Poll: Banana plugs, poorer sound quality than bare wire? Does banana plugs give you significantly poorer sound quality than bare wire? Location: Copenhagen, Denmark. I have heard that banana plugs gives you poorer sound quality, compared to bare wire, because banana plugs contains more metal. Is that true? Does banana plugs give you significantly poorer sound quality, than bare wire? Michael Wittrup , Jan 30, Location: Dayton Ohio. I doubt it.
LeeS likes this. Location: Buffalo, NY. Gotta define significant. All banana plugs are not equal. Most everyone is going to agree that the lower mass and closer to the metal of the wire and the better the connection—all the better.
A low mass, all copper, cold-flow crimped banana is going to sound very good and it going to be much more convenient. Some people solder direct connections. Not convenient, but OK for some. Location: New Orleans.
Highly doubtful Combination , Jan 30, I'm not an audiophile, and I don't have high end gear, so when say significant I mean something even an untrained ear can hear. Location: nowhere. I need an option of "Depends" in order to vote Sometimes they can improve the sound, all depends on the banana's used. High quality, low mass in a copper should be good large contact area , or silver if the cables are of silver. Ortofun , Jan 30, Last edited: Jan 30, Location: The Midwest.
Not if they're cryogenically treated. Sid Hartha , Jan 30, Subvet likes this. Location: Stockholm. You can look at the wire contacts in fuses to get a picture of what is needed. One of the first things I learned in electronics: A good mechanical connection is required for a good electrical connection. So banana plugs in and of themselves are relatively meaningless. How well they are connected mechanically and electrically to the speaker wires is everything.
Location: Nokomis, FL. The speaker cables I currently use have screw type ends that allow for either banana or spade connectors. I have used both and cannot hear any difference in sound quality.
Dave B , Jan 30, OK, now i get you. You are so cryptic in your answers sometimes. Location: bury, lancashire england. You must log in or sign up to reply here. Show Ignored Content. Share This Page. Your name or email address: Do you already have an account? No, create an account now. Yes, my password is: Forgot your password?