Originally Posted by pfar54
Hi everyone. I will be wiring all of my speaker wire through my walls here soon. I will be putting wall plate connectors at where the speakers will be positioned.
Does it make sense to do the same where the receiver is with something like this?
If so, does it hurt the quality. I know it will on a very micro level, but would it be noticeable?
You don't need to run a wall plate, you can just pass the wires into the wall, they are fixtures for this as well. Some like the direct connection in this way to avoid potential failure points, but if you build carefully, you should be good. I did wall plates, just so I could disconnect the speakers and eliminate wires for cleaning and whatnot. Doesn't happen often, but when it does, it's nice to be able to disconnect.
I've listened to one set of my speakers connected directly to the amp, and then through all of the in-wall wiring, passing through two wall plate connections, and I can't tell any difference. Granted, I wasn't doing tons of critical listening, but sounded all good to me. There might be some measureable loss, but not to my ears anyway.
If you do plan on disconnects not infrequently, consider Neutrik speakON - type. A bit more of an investment, and the wall plates take up more real estate, but the connectors are extremely robust, way more than bananas, and the connectors lock into the sockets, very positive connection. If you are not worries about disconnects, accidental or otherwise, then bananas will be fine.