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Question Using RCA instead of Banana Plugs

I am building a built-in 5.1 surround and I purchased a recessed panel that fits Power outlet and 1 more plate insert of my choice. I want to find a more compact banana plug alternative
I am thinking to buy ONE 6 RCA wall plate and use 5 RCA's to connect to my speakers and 1 RCA that will run to my sub(+1 Sub wall plate).
I don't really want to go with 2 plates of Bananas (5 speakers- 10 connectors! + sub) - it is larger than I want and I would have to replace my recessed panel.
This is the panel example: http://www.amazon.com/HDMI-Component...qid=1402948566

I am not a sound pro and decided to check if there are any complications with RCA connectors (that bananas don't have)

IMHO connector is a connector and it should not make any difference (besides the look and maybe audio 'standards')

please advise.

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Are you planning on using normal speaker cable attached to these RCA plugs, or the single conductor + shield normally using with RCA plugs?

I don't think you can connect speaker wire (14 or 16 ga) to an RCA plug. It's designed for much smaller wire sizes.
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That's designed for UTP (Cat5e/Cat6) cable. You won't be able to get a decent gauge speaker wire into them.
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I am building a built-in 5.1 surround and I purchased a recessed panel that fits Power outlet and 1 more plate insert of my choice.
I am thinking to buy ONE 6 RCA wall plate and use 5 RCA's to connect to my speakers and 1 RCA that will run to my sub(+1 Sub wall plate).
I don't really want to go with 2 plates of Bananas (5 speakers- 10 connectors! + sub) - it is larger than I want and I would have to replace my recessed panel.
This is the panel example: http://www.amazon.com/HDMI-Component...qid=1402948566

I am not a sound pro and decided to check if there are any complications with RCA connectors (that bananas don't have)

IMHO connector is a connector and it should not make any difference (besides the look and maybe audio 'standards')

please advise.
How do you intend to use 5 RCA connectors for your speakers, when you need both a + and - for each speaker? Your idea will not work. You need a panel like this for 5 speakers:

http://www.amazon.com/Quality-Banana.../dp/B001HRN2YQ

For 5.1 it's like this:

http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_i...seq=1&format=2

I know these aren't what you are looking for, but I don't see a way of using the panel you posted.
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Use a scoop plate instead for all your connections. Since it's recessed and behind equipment anyway, you won't see it, and you'll have better connections - especially on HDMI.

http://www.amazon.com/Arlington-CE1-...ds=scoop+plate

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1/4" Tip Ring plugs are often used for speakers. They have plenty of room to solder.
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Are you planning on using normal speaker cable attached to these RCA plugs, or the single conductor + shield normally using with RCA plugs?

I don't think you can connect speaker wire (14 or 16 ga) to an RCA plug. It's designed for much smaller wire sizes.
Sure you can. We soldered RCA connectors onto 16/2 for subwoofers all the time back in the day. I use RG-59 now though.
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