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Banana Plugs????

Best place to buy some decent but cheapish banana plugs? I need about 60 or so. Monoprice is out of stock on their 20 packs for about a month, anyplace else decent to grab them without spending a ton?

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Best place to buy some decent but cheapish banana plugs? I need about 60 or so. Monoprice is out of stock on their 20 packs for about a month, anyplace else decent to grab them without spending a ton?

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Amazon has tons of affordable options for the quantities your looking for
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Best place to buy some decent but cheapish banana plugs? I need about 60 or so. Monoprice is out of stock on their 20 packs for about a month, anyplace else decent to grab them without spending a ton?

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i am pretty sure you can get the exact same monoprice banana plugs form amazon matter of fact here is the link they have 6 sets of 20 still in stock https://www.amazon.com/Monoprice-Pla...e+banana+plugs
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I definitely recommend the Sewell Silverback banana plugs. They secure nice and tightly with good connection.




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http://www.ebay.com/itm/50-x-High-qu...item3aee118ad7

save yourself some money. compare these to the sewell ones... :-)
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^ I have those cheap secure no issues in the past year
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I've been very happy with these at Amazon: Mediabridge Banana Plugs
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Those Media Bridge are similar in size and style to the Sewell Deadbolt and even the Rocketfish I had before. They are a little "fatter" and take up more space. The Silverbacks are "thinner" and are not as long as some others. It made it easy to use them on the back of AVR and it still fit in my tv console.




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I've been very happy with these at Amazon: Mediabridge Banana Plugs
+1, these worked very well for me, secure fit, great customer ratings...

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save yourself some money. compare these to the sewell ones... :-)
at about 50 cents each shipped, it is hard pressed to find a better plug. the nice thing about these is that you can also leave the outer cover off if you want a thinner profile. The double screw holds wire very firmly as well. I use these without the outer cover but heat shrinked them black and red. Super secure and thin profile. I do NOT like the ones that do not use screws as I had issues before where a wire would pull out.,,,
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Yea, the Silverbacks also have two set screws and you can leave the outer shell or cover off if you need them thinner. But I'm just saying they are thinner than most with the cover on.


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Yea, the Silverbacks also have two set screws and you can leave the outer shell or cover off if you need them thinner. But I'm just saying they are thinner than most with the cover on.


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Agreed! Compare a Sewell Silverback to the posted Nakamichi...With the exception of the fact that the Naks are about half the price, pretty sure you won't find anything else different...other than the logo...

My only "gripe" is one time I got some with teeny tiny philips heads set screws vs the nice flat ones...
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Sewell Strike is the smallest plug offering.
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save yourself some money. compare these to the sewell ones... :-)
+1 For 7 years I've been using these and never a problem
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Yea I like the Naki's too!


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I find the sewell deadbolts to be superior to the normal style banana plugs.

I used cheap monoprice bananas for a while and also had some from GLS audio. These cheaper banana plugs eventually start to get loose as the spring metal gets bent inward after a bit of use. I then have to then bend them back out to restore the "bow" shape so that they are tight again. The sewell deadbolts cost more but don't have that issue. I also didn't like like how the monoprice plugs have a screw in banana connector that can get loose...

The only case where i had a problem with the sewell plugs was on one particular speaker that had a short binding post where the deadbolt plug was just barely deep enough to work and didn't seem as stable as it should.

No matter what I recommend getting banana plugs where the two halves screw together to clamp down on the wire. This is far superior to plugs that have a set screw that tightens down on the wire. It is faster to assemble the ones that clamp down and the connection is stronger.

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Best place to buy some decent but cheapish banana plugs? I need about 60 or so. Monoprice is out of stock on their 20 packs for about a month, anyplace else decent to grab them without spending a ton?

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I use these plugs because they're:
- good quality
- easy to attach
- BFA which means they won't collapse (get loose) like regular banana plugs
- made with plastic sheathes which avoids shorts should a hot plug come loose
- cheap

https://www.amazon.com/Eastone%C2%AE...%AE+EB534AE%2C

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+1, I have those too

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Best place to buy some decent but cheapish banana plugs? I need about 60 or so. Monoprice is out of stock on their 20 packs for about a month, anyplace else decent to grab them without spending a ton?

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GLS Audio banana plug speaker connectors

https://www.glsaudio.com/GLS-Audio-B...ack_p_368.html




When I make us custom runs of speaker wire, I use Belden Belden 1312A wrapped in TechFlex Flexi Pet Carbon and terminated with Tributaries boots and GLS Audio banana plug speaker connectors. Belden 1312A has four 12 AWG stranded (168x34) high-conductivity bare copper OFC conductors which makes up as two 9 AWG conductors. The GLS connectors are the only banana plugs I have found that will easily accommodate 9 AWG wire. They run about $2.50 a plug, come in packs of 20, are made out of solid brass and are gold plated. There are two internal set screws to secure the wire and the sleeve rotates so they expand and lock for a solid connection. They may not be as cheep as something on amazon or ebay, but short of spending $30 or more on WBT connectors, I think it's the best quality out there for the money.


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I use these plugs because they're:
- good quality
- easy to attach
- BFA which means they won't collapse (get loose) like regular banana plugs
- made with plastic sheathes which avoids shorts should a hot plug come loose
- cheap

https://www.amazon.com/Eastone%C2%AE...%AE+EB534AE%2C

Another vote for BFA Banana Plugs.

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+1
I've had these for years and they work well. They fit 12 gauge wire without any problem. I recently tried out something else that I got from Amazon but ended up returning them and picking up more Nakamichis.

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