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need help identifying this speakers jacks

Bought some speakers thinking the jacks shown in the picture were for banana plugs but the ones I have connected to some speaker wire won't fit. Any help identufying the jacks would be great. Thanks.
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They are banana jacks. If yours won't fit, remove them connect the bare wire.
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They are banana jacks. If yours won't fit, remove them connect the bare wire.
Any reason why they won't fit if they are indeed banana plug/jacks?
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Are they too large or too small?

There are "pin" plugs that are smaller than banana plugs.

Some speakers come with a little plastic plug in the center of the banana jack, and you have to take a small screwdriver or sharp object and pry them out and discard them in order to plug in banana plugs.

I don't know why this is dome, but that's the way they come.
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Any reason why they won't fit if they are indeed banana plug/jacks?
I have a guess for these Dutch made speakers. Banana plugs are illegal in Europe because the electrical plugs are round, and they have a little plastic plug in them to stop people from electrocuting themselves.

http://www.avforums.com/threads/cant...ugs-in.992999/

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I have a guess for these Dutch made speakers. Banana plugs are illegal in Europe because the electrical plugs are round, and they have a little plastic plug in them to stop people from electrocuting themselves.

http://www.avforums.com/threads/cant...ugs-in.992999/
Yeah it's nothing to do with the plastic plugs this time. The amp I'm connecting to has those but the speakers don't.
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Are they too large or too small?

There are "pin" plugs that are smaller than banana plugs.

Some speakers come with a little plastic plug in the center of the banana jack, and you have to take a small screwdriver or sharp object and pry them out and discard them in order to plug in banana plugs.

I don't know why this is dome, but that's the way they come.
Maybe too small? They go in a little bit, but there's no "click" like say a headphone jack and accompanying plug. Just feels like it's not making a connection. It's definitely nothing to do with the little plastic plug in the centre because there wasn't one.
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Maybe too small? They go in a little bit, but there's no "click" like say a headphone jack and accompanying plug. Just feels like it's not making a connection. It's definitely nothing to do with the little plastic plug in the centre because there wasn't one.

They appear to be very short. Normal binding posts are twice that tall.

I would put spade lugs on the wire ends and screw those down with the connector sleeve.

Some of the 2-pin electrical plugs used in Europe might fit in there, and applying 220 volts to a speaker would make some serious smoke and maybe a fire.

It would certainly destroy the speaker instantly.

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Maybe too small? They go in a little bit, but there's no "click" like say a headphone jack and accompanying plug. Just feels like it's not making a connection. It's definitely nothing to do with the little plastic plug in the centre because there wasn't one.
Banana plugs don't have anything that clicks when you insert it full, and neither do pin plugs.
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Banana plugs don't have anything that clicks when you insert it full, and neither do pin plugs.
That was helpful. Thanks.
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They appear to be very short. Normal binding posts are twice that tall.

I would put spade lugs on the wire ends and screw those down with the connector sleeve.

Some of the 2-pin electrical plugs used in Europe might fit in there, and applying 220 volts to a speaker would make some serious smoke and maybe a fire.

It would certainly destroy the speaker instantly.
Thanks for the input mate, but I've just decided to strip the wire and do it the old fashioned way with the bare wire. Thanks again.
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Thanks for the input mate, but I've just decided to strip the wire and do it the old fashioned way with the bare wire. Thanks again.
Bare wire is the best connection from what I've read.

I use locking banana plugs mostly for convenience. Not the purists way to go but it works for me.

And, while there might not be a "click" associated with them, you can tell when they are properly inserted as they will fit "flush" into the binding post and completely slide in. If they don't fit and if you've tried turning the binding post all the way counterclockwise, then there is a problem with the post itself or the banana plugs.

From there, you just tighten up the binding post connection and you're good to go.

Glad it worked for you.

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Bare wire is the best connection from what I've read.

I use locking banana plugs mostly for convenience. Not the purists way to go but it works for me.

And, while there might not be a "click" associated with them, you can tell when they are properly inserted as they will fit "flush" into the binding post and completely slide in. If they don't fit and if you've tried turning the binding post all the way counterclockwise, then there is a problem with the post itself or the banana plugs.

From there, you just tighten up the binding post connection and you're good to go.

Glad it worked for you.
Same for me on just wanting the ease and convenience of the plugs. This is my 1st time dealing with speakers and amps so obliviously the idiot proof banana plugs seemed the way to go.

So far all is well and sounding good going with bare wire.
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