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Hi all I am new to higher quality HT setup.

I use to own a Samsung DVD 5.1 HTiB.

I just got the Onkyo NR709, Jamo S606HCS3 5.0 Speakers and the BIC PL-200 Sub.

I got my 12 gauge wire and GLS Black Chrome banana plugs.


The plugs have one screw. I stripped some wire inserted into plug screwed on little screw and screwed on the top gold part of plug to the black chrome part and I can easily with little effort pull plug and it comes right off.


I watched this video to do it correctly since those are same plugs I bought.



What am I doing wrong?

Are banana plugs not made to be super tight?


Any help will be greatly appreciated.
 

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Do you mean the wire pulls out of the plug or that the plug pulls out of the speaker? If the former, tighten the screw more. If the latter, yes, they are sometimes very lose. Take a small screwdriver, push it into the slots in the plug and rotate it a bit and that should pry them out some making them as tight as you need them to be.
 

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Just tighten it more. Don't use the little jeweler's screwdriver like he did. Get something with some leverage. Yes, you can strip the threads but you really have to try hard to do that. Turn it very tight and it should stay there.
 

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if anyone ever has trouble with the banana plug itself this works: Remove the wire, set the plug on something solid, "banana" pointing up, and tap the end with a hammer. This will cause all the "leaves" of the plug to bow out equally and you can get a really snug fit. (Only works if there is no solid core inside the banana plug).
 

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My suggestion is to push the outer jacket into the hole and let the wire push up against the front of the plug. This way you can screw down on the jacket of the cable and it should hold a lot better. As long as it is pushed in hard enough there should be enough contact between the wire and the plug.


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Originally Posted by extrafuzzyllama /forum/post/20843107


so it doesnt matter if the copper wires get bent a little if i push the wire a bit harder inside the top part of banana plug?


No. If the wire is really thin I cut off twice the length and double it over and then shove it in. The key is to have the best contact and for me, having more surface in contact tends to work better.


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Originally Posted by extrafuzzyllama /forum/post/20843408


I suck at cutting wire.

Is it OK if one or two strands of copper get cut by mistake? Or do i trim and try again?

Like Amir says, if there are many wires, no, not really. If there are only a few then you should try harder or buy a stripping tool!


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