Originally Posted by arnyk
Originally Posted by DS-21
A switch to superior connectors (Neutrik Speakon) would be nice, but they take up more room than posts so it'll probably never happen.
There is a 4-pair Speakon that is the same size as the ones for one and two speakers, It has 8 isolated conductors.
True, but the 8-pole ones are a bit confusing to wire up. Lots of room for user error. That's why I think they're used a lot less. Stereo pro amps will have NL4 sockets, but my experience with late model multichannel pro amps is that they have either multiple NL4 sockets, or more commonly Phoenix terminals (e.g. ElectroVoice CPS, the 1RU 8-channel LexiCrown twins).
For someone who knows what s/he's doing and can create a labeling scheme that will ensure anyone else who disconnects things will put them back properly, the 8-pole ones are perfectly fine. But if I were an AVR maker I wouldn't want anything but individual jacks for each speaker. Too much room for user error otherwise. That means realistically 5-to-11 NL2 sockets, or perhaps a 2-pole for each of the front speakers, and shared 4-pole each for left surround side/ back and right surround side/back.
Also, Neutrik helpfully offers the 4-pole ones with bottom sections in red, green, and white, so at least one can properly color-code
the connectors to the front three speakers per the CEA standard.