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I have a set of shotgun bi-wire cables, 4 bananas at each end. I'd like to consolidate the amp side down to two terminations. I realize I can simply remove the plugs and re-terminate, but I was hoping to leave the wires intact. Does anyone know of a good adapter that does such a thing, reduce a pair of bananas into a single? Thank you.
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I have a set of shotgun bi-wire cables, 4 bananas at each end. I'd like to consolidate the amp side down to two terminations. I realize I can simply remove the plugs and re-terminate, but I was hoping to leave the wires intact. Does anyone know of a good adapter that does such a thing, reduce a pair of bananas into a single? Thank you.

Since biwiring has negligible audible or technical benefits, why not really simplify things?
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Most banana plugs can simply be "stacked"...one plugs into the back of the other.

If yours won't do that, replace one pair with a pair that can be stacked.
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Most banana plugs can simply be "stacked"...one plugs into the back of the other.
If yours won't do that, replace one pair with a pair that can be stacked.

Thanks commy. Unfortunately, these are the the spring-loaded type, with the twisting, segmented banana end, and not the typical type with the single prong and hole in the rear. I'd rather not touch remove/replace terminations if I can avoid it.
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any other input folks? Much appreciated.
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any other input folks? Much appreciated.

Stacked banana plugs are a potential nightmare, especially as part of a permanent installation. They are ugly, they are bulky, they tend to come apart of their own volition, and they are prone to being damaged themselves or damaging the equipment they are plugged into.

Biwiring ain't the smartest thing in the world and creating a connector-based house of cards to implement it just compounds the bad effects.
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Stacked banana plugs are a potential nightmare, especially as part of a permanent installation. They are ugly, they are bulky, they tend to come apart of their own volition, and they are prone to being damaged themselves or damaging the equipment they are plugged into.
Biwiring ain't the smartest thing in the world and creating a connector-based house of cards to implement it just compounds the bad effects.

Good points there about the logistical complications, arny, but you're losing me re: the pernicious aspects of bi-wiring? Why is it such an inadvisable idea? Thank you.
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