I use the 10 awg Belden (gray) as well with Salon2's. I purchased the cable plus locking banana plugs from BJC. Two ten foot cables plus the locking bananas are around $35. Revel's manuals say that 10 gauge wire is good for up to 33 foot runs. Revel seems to want about .07 ohms or less cable resistance. To me, the Belden cable has a solid, quality feeling to it. The banana plugs are nice as well. Connectors that lock are a real plus.
Although I like most of what BJC sells, I am not a fan of those locking banana plugs.
I ordered speaker wires for my LCRs w/locking plugs. I was not all that thrilled with how they tightened and eventually the tongs on one plugs broke off, making it totally unusable. And those cables/plugs are not inexpensive.
The BJC locking banana plugs will work with 10 gauge wire very well, in fact that may be the best size wire to use with them. I believe I used 8 gauge wire that had a number of years back with the plugs. As the wire size is reduced (10 gauge to 12 gauge to 14 gauge, etc.) there will come a size when it's necessary. to double the wire, that is, fold it back on itself, under the hold down screws to get a good connection.
The plug has fit in all the equipment where I've applied it over the years. Bryston, Anthem, ATI, Parasound amplifiers and Onkyo, Yamaha, Denon and Marantz AVR's/PrePro's. Upon first use the plug can be a little tight but one insertion cures that.
The shell of the plug is metal and is at the same potential as the conductor, electrical short circuits are thus possible. Always connect these plugs to equipment with at least the equipment on both ends of the connection turned off. BJC supplies shrink fit insulators to put over the plugs but I've never used them.
The screws which hold the wire arrive separate from the plug itself and have to be inserted in the plug. The screws are small, and I'm not very handy, so I've had to search for a few I've dropped. The plugs are machined precisely and the screws fit well if you don't drop them!
I've used the plugs with a lot of equipment I've owned over the years and on installations I've done as a favor to others. I would guess I've bought at least 40 pairs, likely more, plus lots of the Belden cable. I've never had trouble with durability of the plugs or with them coming loose when connected to equipment. Clearly your mileage may vary. I've pulled other, non locking plugs and RCA connectors, from equipment by accident which is why I use these plugs (and XLR connections instead of RCA's when available), but as I said, I'm not very handy.
Edited by bigguyca - 1/16/14 at 10:01am