First of all, Sewell's new patent pending banana plug style called Strike Plugs
is out, and AVS Forum visitors get an exclusive 20% off
. But why get banana plugs at all?
You already know that good speakers and cable are important to a good home theater, but just as important is what kind of speaker cable termination you use. And there’s more to think of in this case than just sound quality, which is why we love banana plugs. They give you great sound quality, as well as other benefits you can’t get from other connector types. Here are 5 good reasons why you should be using banana plugs in your home theater setup.
1. Don't Second Guess Whether Your Connection is Optimal
When it comes to cable termination, sound quality is most affected by surface area contact. You want to get all strands of the speaker wire to connect with your equipment. You want to take any second guessing out of this process. Bare wire connections can get pulled out, corrode, or get frizzy over time, making it harder to know that you're always getting a solid connection. Banana plugs ensure a secure connection with the maximum surface area for the whole life of the cable.
2. Banana Plugs are Easier to Connect
Connecting speaker wires can be a pain, usually requiring a bunch of stuffing and twisting for each speaker connection. With banana plugs, you just plug the cable into the port, no hassle required, making it easy to set up and swap out gear. This is especially beneficial for multichannel systems or anyone who plans on moving their setup in the future.
3. Keep Your Cable and Equipment Safe
The main worry with bare wire connections is frayed cable. If you’re not experienced handling bare wire, there’s always the odd chance a random strand could escape you and touch something metal, causing a short. Even after you’ve installed your speakers, if there is the slightest chance of them being knocked over by pets, kids, or anyone else, banana plugs are a must. They will keep your cables from tearing or being ripped out, damaging your cable and equipment.
4. Speaker Cable Oxidation Prevention
Speaker cable is made of copper and copper can oxidize very quickly (you'll know when this happens because the beautiful bright copper color will darken) when exposed to air which can ruin your sound quality, not to mention your cable. If you've run precisely measured cables behind a wall and your cable becomes oxidized, you'll be faced with a pretty major pain point. Whether soldered or solderless, banana plugs offer a great solution. They are easier than soldering your cables and any good quality banana plug is gold-plated to protect from corrosion.
Last but not least, banana plugs just make the backsides of your equipment look better. If you’re putting in high quality equipment it’s likely you want it to look good as well as sound good. If you are setting up a system for a commercial setting, you'll want to put your best foot forward. Bare wire connections can look messy and unprofessional. Banana plugs not only give you a solid connection, they also give you a clean installation that looks as nice as it sounds.
Innovation In This Field
Let's face it, banana plugs are kind of a boring product compared to TVs, AVRs, speakers, etc. For this reason, there hasn't been a lot of innovation in this field for a long time. Virtually all brands that sell banana plugs are selling a regurgitated design that's been around for a decade or more. Sewell hasn't been that different, over the years we've taken the best existing designs out there and we've done our best to improve them by sharpening crimping teeth, including an extra vice screw, increasing the gold plating thickness on the connector, etc., but this is about to change.
Sewell is proud to announce a patent-pending banana plug design called Strike Plugs
, and AVS Forum is the first place we are announcing it.
The Strike Banana Plug improves speaker cable termination in a number of ways:
AVS Forum visitors get an exclusive 20% off Strike Banana Plugs (7 pair or 14 pair) by clicking on this link.
- The fastest termination method on the market with our patent-pending V-lock. No screwdriver required. No strand-fanning required. Just insert and twist.
- Smaller profile than any existing solderless banana plug on the market, allowing you to fit your equipment more snuggly against a wall. Also good for speaker wire ports that are close to each other.
- While being short and small, it can accomodate up to 10AWG wire which some much larger plugs don't do.