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I just bought some Polk r150's but I need to know what connections to buy (I've only ever had spring clips).

I found some cheap speaker wire from monoprice.com. Is 16AWG ok?

I've also heard the terms "Banana Plugs" and "5-way post".....What else do I need besides the wire?
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How long do you need to run the wire?

With 16 AWG you won't need extra connectors, it'll fit into the mounting posts. If you move to a smaller gauge (bigger diameter) then you will need to use banana plugs.
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Im going to need 30ft or so for each of the surrounds.
And then hardy any for the fronts.
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I have to run a similar length, I ordered a 100' spool of 16 AWG today from monoprice for just over $20 shipped. It'll be a big difference than the 24 AWG dental floss currently being run.
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I like banana plugs for the ease of connecting/disconnecting speaker cables, but you can use bare wire as well.
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You don't *need* anything besides the wire, and some tool to strip the wire (preferably a wire stripped, but you can get by with scissors, knifes, etc. Connectors like banana plugs and such can be helpful for a clean design or especially if you move things around and are disconnected reconnecting frequently.

the 5-way binding post is the binding post you connect the speaker wire or the connectors to.
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Bare wire is fine. Just be careful not to touch plus and minus strands to each other or you could get a short and smoke.

Banana plugs and spades make for a cleaner look. If you do use these, make sure that they are attached to the speaker wire firmly and correctly. You don't want connectors popping off.

16g should be fine for your 30 ft run. I always use 12g, but that's just me.
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