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Speaker banana plugs question

post #1 of 41
Thread Starter 
Someone recommended a particular brand & p/n of a banana plug which is a Monoprice JX 74047. It doesn't appear these will accept the speaker cables from the rear of the plug, only the side which would be fine for my tower speakers, but not my Yamaha receiver. The binding posts on the back of my Yamaha are so close together, the side-insert type just won't work for me (not enough room). I actually need both, screw-type plugs where you can insert the speaker cable into the rear and also the side. Any recommendations!

Ken
post #2 of 41
Um, Radio Shack has a bunch of those gold banana plugs that take cables from the rear.
post #3 of 41
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by jello2594 View Post

Um, Radio Shack has a bunch of those gold banana plugs that take cables from the rear.

RS's prices are ridiculous compared to what I've heard about online at places like Monoprice. I just thought someone might know more about the ones I posted about or know of another on-line source. If not, I'll have no choice, but RS..

Ken
post #4 of 41
I use the GLS locking bannana plugs and I am very happy with them and they are reasonably priced.
http://www.speakerrepair.com/Merchan...y_Code=locking

Bruce
post #5 of 41
Belkin has some ( I can't get to their site right now to post a link - Damn work firewalls).

Use the coupon code of 12345 at check out to save 40% (it's a code that has been working for almost 3 years now).


I like those locking plugs....might have to order some of those.
post #6 of 41
Have you considered using compression speaker wire ends?
ICM or F-Conn makes them with either banana, pin, or spade ends or tips.

You'll need to have a compression tool, but it's well worth it. Clean and tight fit, plus no worrying about screws coming loose or using little tiny screw drivers to tighten set screws, etc.

http://www.techtoolsupply.com/Produc.../RGSPB_KIT.jpg

You can also purchase them in a right angle configuration, too.

Chris L.
Maryland
HighDefInstalls.com
post #7 of 41
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Originally Posted by brittmer View Post

I use the GLS locking bannana plugs and I am very happy with them and they are reasonably priced.
http://www.speakerrepair.com/Merchan...y_Code=locking

Bruce

Can you explain how they work? I bought the same kind but not sure of how to put the wire in and also how to connect them to my Onkyo receiver.
post #8 of 41
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Originally Posted by snooz123 View Post

Can you explain how they work? I bought the same kind but not sure of how to put the wire in and also how to connect them to my Onkyo receiver.

I have bought my "locking" Banana Plugs from BJC. On BJC's web site they have a Speaker_Cable_Termination.pdf, look at page 3.

...Angelo
post #9 of 41
I used the JX-74043 Copper Speaker Banana Plugs - Solder Type from Monoprice. You can insert the speaker wire from the the rear, and you do not need to solder at all.

Inexpensive, and these worked great on an Onkyo SR501.
post #10 of 41
I don't like the all metal banana plugs, seems if one worked loose, you could have a short. I use these, great price for 16 of them, but hurry, they were only $8.99 when I bought mine around Christmas.

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

They all sound the same anyways.
post #11 of 41
that's what i thought when i was hooking up metal banana plugs, but then figured, no animals/babies to pull on the cables so not much risk of becoming loose
post #12 of 41
+1.

Locking bannana plugs stay secured on ALL receivers. Some plugs don't fit tightly and can come off by themselves or while placing the receiver in/out the rack or cabinet.

Cheers,
TP.

Quote:
Originally Posted by brittmer View Post

I use the GLS locking bannana plugs and I am very happy with them and they are reasonably priced.
http://www.speakerrepair.com/Merchan...y_Code=locking

Bruce
post #13 of 41
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Originally Posted by hearrean View Post

Someone recommended a particular brand & p/n of a banana plug which is a Monoprice JX 74047. It doesn't appear these will accept the speaker cables from the rear of the plug, only the side which would be fine for my tower speakers, but not my Yamaha receiver. The binding posts on the back of my Yamaha are so close together, the side-insert type just won't work for me (not enough room). I actually need both, screw-type plugs where you can insert the speaker cable into the rear and also the side. Any recommendations!

Ken

Ken,

Although it doesn't look like it, monoprice's JX-74043 unit will allow rear entry (mind out of the gutter people).

You can screw off the base, insert the wire, fold the edges over the base and screw the top part back on.

I have ordered many of these plugs and am using them through my current configs.

This step by step instruction is exactly what you have to do to the plugs I recommended from monoprice.
post #14 of 41
Quote:
Originally Posted by brittmer View Post

I use the GLS locking bannana plugs and I am very happy with them and they are reasonably priced.
http://www.speakerrepair.com/Merchan...y_Code=locking

Bruce

+2
post #15 of 41
you can also check the Altona Audiophile Banana Plugs - have good range: 8 ~ 14 gauge.
Rear locking, gold plated and $22.50 for 8. Pretty much same price as GLS Generation II..
post #16 of 41
what's the diference between "closed screw" and Open screw type banana plugs. Its monoprice jx-74043 and jx-74047
post #17 of 41
The open screw plugs have a hole on the side. This is so you can insert wire from the side of the plug. Then you turn the threaded end, which will compress the inserted speaker wire. This plug is similar to all other banana plugs, well minus the plastic connector that joins the two.

The ones with out the hole are used for insert speaker wire in the end off the plug. The ones without the hole prevents you from insert speaker wire from the side of the plug. Monoprice has a guide for the "holeless" one showing how to use them.

Also on the bottom of the guide, it shows both types of connectors hooked up to receiver

http://www.monoprice.com/manual/INST...NA%20PLUGS.pdf
post #18 of 41
Im looking for options on angled banana plugs. I dont like how the straight bananas make the wires stick out so far behind my Paradigm Studio 20's.
I have looked at the parts express bananas:
http://www.parts-express.com/pe/show...umber=091-1075

And I have also looked at the WBT:
http://www.parts-express.com/pe/show...number=093-540

I was just wondering if there was anything in between these as far as price and looks. I like the looks of the WBT but the price is ridiculous, and the PE ones look kinda cheap. I know it doesnt have any effect on the sound but I want my cables to look nice
post #19 of 41
I don't think either one is going to be a great amount shorter, in how much they actually stick out from you speaker, over a normal banana plug. Also, while the WBT brand also looks to be encased in a clear plastic of some sort and as a result of that it's probably also insulated rather well because of it. The Parts Express branded one however, looks to be uninsulated. And that's not good IMO, it would be very easy to accidentally have them move towards each other and cause direct short.
post #20 of 41
Would installing banana plugs on the receiver end of the speaker wire, but not on the speaker end, defeat the purpose of banana plugs?

I've been thinking of using them on the receiver end only to ease installation of my new receiver and prevent corrosion at the receiver.
post #21 of 41
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Originally Posted by yojoe74 View Post

Would installing banana plugs on the receiver end of the speaker wire, but not on the speaker end, defeat the purpose of banana plugs?

I've been thinking of using them on the receiver end only to ease installation of my new receiver and prevent corrosion at the receiver.

no.

but I don't think a banana plug will have any impact on corrosion prevention whatsoever. (is your receiver under water?). If you think it will make installation easier, use them, if not, don't. You aren't going to be able to hear a difference.
post #22 of 41
Dumb question here. Just purchased some monoprice banana plugs for my B&W speakers, but they're too skinny (not the pin-type). Any suggestions on how to spread them out a tad so they'll grip? Or are they just not the right thing for these terminals?

http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2


Thanks!
post #23 of 41
Just stick one of those precision screwdriver in there and spread them.
post #24 of 41
Gls audio locking plugs on my surround
post #25 of 41
I also use Monoprice's closed screw type Banana plugs. http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2

I find they work well. After inserting the speaker wire(I used 16 gauge), I used a pair of channel-lock pliers, set about an inch apart, one on the tip of the plug and the other on the end where the wire goes and closed enough to cause the banana end to 'flair' out. It produces a snug fit for my speaker connection.

I also only use the banana plugs on the AVR end, since all of my speaker terminals are spring clips. It seems to me, that you would get a better connection forgoing the banana plugs and just binding down the speaker wire in the back of the AVR, but man, that is a pain in the @ss! Also, with 18 connections(7 channels, plus Zone 2, x2 for L&R), that would take a lot of time to bind each one!

As I am sure everyone knows, make sure that the AVR is OFF, before moving or changing any of the speaker connections. This will prevent any short.
post #26 of 41
I just use these http://www.nakamichiplug.com/product-0534E.html...which you can find for cheap on ebay.
post #27 of 41
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Originally Posted by xfett View Post

I just use these http://www.nakamichiplug.com/product-0534E.html...which you can find for cheap on ebay.

Get what you pay for with those.
post #28 of 41
Ya you do....and if you spend more than a couple of dollars for plugs your a fool.
post #29 of 41
I guess it doesn't matter what you pay when they break
post #30 of 41
Ill let you know when mine break....I guess there about due to break since making my cables in 2000. Sad for me.
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