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View Poll Results: Do you connect your speakers and/or reciever with bare wire or banana plugs?
Bare Wire 10 40.00%
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post #1 of 15 Old 12-21-2012, 10:03 AM - Thread Starter
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As the title states, I'm curious how you guys connect your wires.
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I'm 50/50, my fronts and center have speaker wire that came preterminated with banana plugs, my surrounds all use bare wire.
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The BEST way to connect your wires to the speakers or your amp is without any sort of banana plugs or whatever junk those shady "hi-fi" companies are trying to sell you. Just clamp the wires real tight and you just created the best connection you can ever have.

Banana plugs allow you to interchange your equipment - and if you do that often then I'd say go with banana plugs. But if not, having banana plugs introduces another element between your music and your ears and that's exactly what you should avoid. Another contact surface (two actually) introduces more ways to change the impedance of the system and introduce more errors. Not to mention that those plugs are not made from Cu (let's say gold) and speaker terminals from some other material - so you have transitions between multiple metals - ^-^...
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I found that using banana plugs gave me more thorough lows, less shrill highs, and a perfectly transparent midrange. I almost jumped out of my jean shorts after I made the switch. Make sure you buy machined plugs, as cast/forged plugs will cause a higher frequency variance.
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I tried banana plugs once but didn't get good results.

I dropped one while installing it and it turned brown on the place where it hit the floor.

In just a couple of days all the plugs had brown spots all over them.

By a week, they started shriveling up and had turned completely brown. For some reason ants seemed to be attracted to them as well.

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I tried banana plugs once but didn't get good results.
I dropped one while installing it and it turned brown on the place where it hit the floor.
In just a couple of days all the plugs had brown spots all over them.
By a week, they started shriveling up and had turned completely brown. For some reason ants seemed to be attracted to them as well.

It's the fruit flies that bother me the most. I'm pretty sure their little wings are interfering with frequency response above 16K Hertz.

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I use banana plugs sometimes, but if I do I solder the wires to them to eliminate the possibility of the copper connection points oxidizing.

I PREFER to use Audioquest gold-plated spade lugs, which I also solder to the wires.

Bare wires screwed down are fine, but again, I would always solder the ends of the wires together first.
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I tried banana plugs once but didn't get good results.
I dropped one while installing it and it turned brown on the place where it hit the floor.
In just a couple of days all the plugs had brown spots all over them.
By a week, they started shriveling up and had turned completely brown. For some reason ants seemed to be attracted to them as well.

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It's the fruit flies that bother me the most. I'm pretty sure their little wings are interfering with frequency response above 16K Hertz.


LOL.......love it. biggrin.gif

Until recently I only used bare wire speaker connections. I have 2 pairs of "main" speakers so I'm using locking bananas (from Blue Jeans Cable; no rot or flies! biggrin.gif ) so I can easily switch between the two.

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I found that using banana plugs gave me more thorough lows, less shrill highs, and a perfectly transparent midrange. I almost jumped out of my jean shorts after I made the switch. Make sure you buy machined plugs, as cast/forged plugs will cause a higher frequency variance.

I find it hard to believe that people still wear jean shorts rolleyes.gif.

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I found that using banana plugs gave me more thorough lows, less shrill highs, and a perfectly transparent midrange. I almost jumped out of my jean shorts after I made the switch. Make sure you buy machined plugs, as cast/forged plugs will cause a higher frequency variance.

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I find it hard to believe that people still wear jean shorts rolleyes.gif.

I was going to say that I couldn't trust someone who still wears jean shorts, lol.
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I can't remember where exactly on AVS I read it or the exact details, but it was something about taking precautions when using a bare wire connection. Something about causing a short or the wires fraying. Again, I'm can't remember the details.
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I can't remember where exactly on AVS I read it or the exact details, but it was something about taking precautions when using a bare wire connection. Something about causing a short or the wires fraying. Again, I'm can't remember the details.

That's simple: If you're using stranded wire you need to make really certain that you twist it all together well and don't have any loose strands that don't make it into the hole. Soldering it into a solid end is a pretty good idea. Loose strands can potentially (which Mr. Murphy tells me means "WILL, at the worst possible time") make contact with the other terminal. This, as Martha Stewart would say, is "a bad thing".

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Banana plugs. They make connectivity convenient and they don't interfere with the sound.
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Bare wire (of the proper gauge) or banana plugs doesn't really matter. You can't hear the difference if the connection is tight and "jiggle" free. I'd be apprehensive about soldering them in case you ever have to move them. Soldering around the back of my receiver or speakers isn't something just doesn't sound like a good idea. Just make sure there aren't any loose wire strands as mentioned above and you'll be fine.
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It's the fruit flies that bother me the most. I'm pretty sure their little wings are interfering with frequency response above 16K Hertz.

Yeah, I noticed that too. The soundstage seems to fly all over the place.

What's even worse, the so-called gold plating wasn't real gold.
I don't know what it was, but it was soft and yellow, kind of like gold, but definitely not the real thing.

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