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Old 06-28-2013, 12:29 PM - Thread Starter
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I've been stripping cable for my speakers without any tools and wonder what are the best ones to buy. It's been a bitch doing it the hard way with a not so sharp knife. I am also going to get a better gauge of speaker wire and banana plugs. It's taken too long connecting all the speakers the way i've been doing it. Are banana plugs the way to go?
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Old 06-28-2013, 01:28 PM
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http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=105&cp_id=10509&cs_id=1050903&p_id=3354&seq=1&format=2

 

That tool works great if you're stripping a bunch of speaker wire but it takes too long to adjust to cut a couple wires. I'd rather use a box cutter to strip a few cables. Banana Plugs look nice and are easily removed, how often do you disconnect your speakers? I have banana plugs on the receiver and bare wire on the speakers. If I ever have to do a little clean up, its easier to unplug from the receiver using banana plugs.

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I've heard that using banana plugs makes one more connection separating the wire from the amplifier. Does that make any difference in sound or connection?
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For cutting and stripping wire, I find that a pair of pliers with sharp cutting blades work just fine.

+1 to banana plugs. They don't affect the sound, and once you've put them on, disconnecting / re-connecting wires to your AVR or speakers will never be a chore.
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I've heard that using banana plugs makes one more connection separating the wire from the amplifier. Does that make any difference in sound or connection?

 

As long as its a solid connection, there will be no difference in sound.

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I know banana plugs connect to the back of the A/V receiver's binding posts but do they also connect to the speakers connectors too?
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They can, just make sure it accepts them.
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All but the cheapest speakers should have binding posts that accept banana plugs. If they don't accept banana plugs, try speaker pins (such as these) instead.
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I use a bic lighter smile.gif Burn around the wire about an inch from the end, wet your fingers and pull. Works like a charm, it's fast and no chance of cutting into the wire.

IMO your best connection will always be with bare wire into the binding post. I use banana plugs from my wall jacks, but where convenience dictates it's always a bare wire connection. SpeakON connectors are another highly regarded option but I've never used them.

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IMO your best connection will always be with bare wire into the binding post. I use banana plugs from my wall jacks, but where convenience dictates it's always a bare wire connection.

Agreed.

And a wire cutter/stripper is only about $10 or so from the local hardware store. Better investment than banana plugs unless the goal is to plug and unplug the speakers frequently.

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I find that the space on back of receivers is at a premium. Even very large ones like the one I own. Now that I've started using banana plugs, I would never be without them.

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]I just use a pair of dykes, cut part of the way through the jacket and pull. Banana plugs make things easy peazy, lemon squeezy!

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I found this exact tool in a local store for under $5. Very quick and easy to use. Been using it for 3-4 years now.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/WIRE-Stripper-Stripping-TOOL-Automatic-Self-Adjusting-/290925088564?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item43bc7c8f34

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