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Can anyone recommend the best banana plugs for me? There seem to be a number of different designs. What I'm looking for is:

Something that won't have the wire pull from the plug easily
Won't easily pull out from the posts
If possible. something that is covered so there is no exposed metal carrying current
Stacking options would be nice as well
The cable to be used for this is Canare 4S11. It is star quad cable.

I think what I want are locking gold plated connectors with heat shrinkable covers. Would anyone else agree and can anyone suggest where these can be found online for the best model and price.

Should I give up on banana plugs and go with spades? I'm doing a setup now and want to get the connections done properly the first time.
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Been there and done that. Have really found nothing specific and none of the recommendations really cater specifically to what I'm looking for. Thanks for the input though. I wish I could say it was helpful.
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GLS locking banana plugs!

You twist them and it opens up the plug to stick inside the binding post.

http://www.speakerrepair.com/Merchan...ode=AHH_Banana

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My $0.02.

I hate locking plugs. They're easy enough to connect to your speakers but they're a pain in the a$$ to lock when you're working in a tight place like behind your equipment and where all your many speaker connects are so close to one another. I bought a whole bunch of those GLS locking plugs a few years back and when I moved last year, I promptly replaced them all with Monsters that are identical to those "Safe-Connect" plugs in crackyflipside's link.

They're very simple to use. Easy to connect the wire to. They have rubber insulation and their shape also helps to prevent them from touching. Never had a problem with them pulling out.

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read the above posts and wondered if anyone tried these from Monoprice? I wanted plugs that you put wire in from back and would be secured without solder.. http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2

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read the above posts and wondered if anyone tried these from Monoprice? I wanted plugs that you put wire in from back and would be secured without solder.. http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2

I use these:

http://www.buy.com/prod/oem-systems-.../90109287.html

Install in about one second with a decent crimp tool. No exposed metal.
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read the above posts and wondered if anyone tried these from Monoprice? I wanted plugs that you put wire in from back and would be secured without solder.. http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2

Those will work and they are inexpensive. But they are also full conductive. I like at least some protection from accidentally shorting. You can wrap those in a layer of electrical tape to provide some insulation.

Thje ones that taxman posted are insulated. I like THESE. Very easy to attach (just screw down onto the wire as indicated in the instructions down that page) and the rubber/plastic sleeve and the tapered shape provide some measure of protection from shorting.

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Even better, Don't use them. Strip and tin your leads and use the binding post as it was intended.
No plug that costs over $2 is worth it. Pretty, and fine to show your friends, but sill sound no better. I wish I could find the ones that came with my Ditton 44's back in 70 somthing. Nice roll spring, silver plated. Simple and worked.
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read the above posts and wondered if anyone tried these from Monoprice? I wanted plugs that you put wire in from back and would be secured without solder.. http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2

I bought those in the single and dual version. The duals fit my Onkyo just fine. Nothing wrong with them. The screw clamp just needs a small flat screwdriver.
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.................and use the binding post as it was intended.

So, if a binding posts accepts a banana that's just a coincidence?

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These are the best banana plugs I've ever used, which includes Speakerrepair.com, Monster Cable, anything from Parts Express:

http://www.bestdealcables.com/c-33-s...minations.aspx

I'm not knocking any of those other places because I have, and will continue to buy things from them, but these banana plugs are heavy duty, easy to connect, fit snugly and look great.

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Those will work and they are inexpensive. But they are also full conductive. I like at least some protection from accidentally shorting. You can wrap those in a layer of electrical tape to provide some insulation.

Thje ones that taxman posted are insulated. I like THESE. Very easy to attach (just screw down onto the wire as indicated in the instructions down that page) and the rubber/plastic sleeve and the tapered shape provide some measure of protection from shorting.

$1 total worth of shrink tubing will make all your Monoprice banana plugs non-conductive and Monoprice puts those plugs on sale once a month at less than $1 a pair.

Watch for Monoprice’s sale get some red and black shrink tubing and save yourself 60% on the deal.
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I love the locking bananas from blue jean cables. Jim
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i like these.

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$1 total worth of shrink tubing will make all your Monoprice banana plugs non-conductive.........

Right.

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Binding posts allow you to BIND the wire. Tined, through the hole or in a lug. Snug. Good connection, no failures, cheap. Banana's are handy for test equipment where you plug and unplug 100 times a day and don't mind a poor connection.
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Binding posts allow you to BIND the wire. Tined, through the hole or in a lug. Snug. Good connection, no failures, cheap. Banana's are handy for test equipment where you plug and unplug 100 times a day and don't mind a poor connection.

True, the need for a banana plug at the back of a speaker is not that great. The need for the convenience of a banana plug is much more obvious at the back of a receiver when one is trying to connect 5 (or even 7) speakers not only within the tight confines of the speaker connector cluster at the receiver's backside, but within the tight confines than many of our receivers are located (i.e. shelves, racks, etc..) I find banana plugs indispensable in this circumstance even though I do not plug/unplug very often at all.


And why is a banana a poor connection?

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i have used aq, monster, and audio research--the ar's didn't hold well, the monsters were overpriced and the audioquests used a hex screw to hold wire in and worked best (got them at a tweeter closeout for pennies). none changed the sound perceptibly. I do like their convenience--as long as you have room behind your speakers and components for them.
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Try these from Impact Acoustics.
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valid point on the back of receivers. I forget as I use separate amps. The best plugs I have ever had came with my Ditton 44's. Simple, solder on. Silver plated.
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...and Monoprice puts those plugs on sale once a month at less than $1 a pair.

Aww, you're killing me! I just bought 14 pair of these a few weeks back, tho I guess the extra $12 I spent isn't going to break my bank.

To answer Taxman's question, I used these on my new receiver and loved them. I was worried about how to screw down all of the speaker wire in such tight quarters (my old AVR used the locking tab connections, so I wasn't even thinking bananas when I hooked it up 15 years ago), so when I stumbled across a posting of Mono's guide to install them in another thread, I jumped all over them. They attach easily and fit nice and snug. I wasn't thinking about the errant short that sivadselim mentioned, and if I had and had known about the SafeConnects, I might have gone with them instead. They attach the same way and have that built in protection, so if you are short on time to do the Max Mike Method, for the extra coin they may be worth it.

Speaking of the Max Mike Method, Mike, where do you get the necessary shrink tubing to insulate the Mono plugs for $1?

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Speaking of the Max Mike Method, Mike, where do you get the necessary shrink tubing to insulate the Mono plugs for $1?

Local... Radio Shack, Lowes, most electronic, electric, or lighting supply houses.

Online... Parts Express.
http://www.parts-express.com/wizards...nk+tub&x=0&y=0
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Thanks, Mike, I will go check out the Shack when I get the chance.

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Monoprice has banana plugs as "Today's Deal" on sale now 6/17.

http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2
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Monoprice has banana plugs as "Today's Deal" on sale now 6/17.

96¢?!?!?

Open wound + salt + lemon + tabasco.

Oh, well. If there are any of you who do not have nice plugs yet and were on the fence, I hope this is the push you need. I feel these are great plugs, minus the whole "no covering" issue. And a steal at this price. And if you have never ordered from Monoprice before, I have to say that their shipping rates are the most reasonable I have seen on the web (though I, fortunately, am close enough to do will call when the need arises).

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I just picked up 40 of these... they arent fancy, but seem very functional, and at well under $1.00 a pair, they are pretty hard to pass up if you're on a budget.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=120447566655

For a little bit more there are some Nak plugs that look pretty nice, and they still seem to be a rippin' deal:

http://cgi.ebay.com/24-PCS-Nakamichi...3%3A1|294%3A50
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For a little bit more there are some Nak plugs that look pretty nice, and they still seem to be a rippin' deal:

http://cgi.ebay.com/24-PCS-Nakamichi...3%3A1|294%3A50

I bought a 48 pack of those Nakamichi banana plugs a few months back. Work great - very happy.

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Can anyone recommend the best banana plugs for me? There seem to be a number of different designs. What I'm looking for is:

Something that won't have the wire pull from the plug easily
Won't easily pull out from the posts
If possible. something that is covered so there is no exposed metal carrying current
Stacking options would be nice as well

Amateurs use banana plugs, pros use Speakons. Seriously. I've been using them professionally for years. One day it struck me. Why aren't I using these at home?

Speakons meet all 3 points above, big time!

http://www.parts-express.com/pe/show...number=092-190

I recently redid my in-wall wiring with speakons and everybody is happy, even my wife who likes to disconnect speakers, clean, and then put them back.
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Amateurs use banana plugs, pros use Speakons. Seriously. I've been using them professionally for years. One day it struck me. Why aren't I using these at home?

Speakons meet all 3 points above, big time!

http://www.parts-express.com/pe/show...number=092-190

I recently redid my in-wall wiring with speakons and everybody is happy, even my wife who likes to disconnect speakers, clean, and then put them back.

Nice connectors, seems totally unnecessary though. Then there is the matter of modifying all my expensive speakers to accept them. Probably kill the re-sale value.
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