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MUSIC, AMBIENCE AND SOUND ART => Music Gearheads Tech Talk => Topic started by: drone on on August 15, 2012, 10:16:53 AM

Title: Speaker connection
Post by: drone on on August 15, 2012, 10:16:53 AM
I'm not a musician but I do have an equipment problem!

I have a pair of Tannoy Fusion 4 speakers.  The terminals on back of speakers are the "binding post" variety where you turn a screw to hold the speaker wires to make contact with the terminals.  In this case, my speaker wires are Monster Cable with the metal "pins" instead of bare speaker wire. 

It's a royal pain when you have to move the speakers or clean the back of them periodically and re-connect the speakers, because the cables/wires don't hold very firmly in the terminals and come loose very easily.  And of course if you got loose/bad connections you got bad sound from your stereo. 

Any tips to rectify this problem? Thanks!
Title: Re: Speaker connection
Post by: LNerell on August 15, 2012, 02:07:52 PM
I would replace the metal pins with banana jacks, either single one like these:
(http://www.cablestogo.com/product-images/29785/200/29785a.jpg)

Or double ones like these:

(http://m2.sourcingmap.com/smapimg/en/n/08c/dual-inline-banana-plug-audio-speaker-connectors-screw-type-gau-rednickel-27388n.jpg)

Then they should insert into your posts like in these photos:

(http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/gadgetlab/331814488_efa600b742.jpg)

(http://www.hometheatershack.com/forums/attachments/remotes-cables-accessories-tweaks/2768d1175183624-diy-cables-speaker-connections.jpg)
Title: Re: Speaker connection
Post by: mgriffin on August 15, 2012, 02:12:26 PM
I agree with Loren - banana plugs are the way to go.
Title: Re: Speaker connection
Post by: Julio Di Benedetto on August 16, 2012, 05:01:48 AM
I recently put an new listen system in the living room and ordered these audioquest cables......I was going to return them because I thought I had order banana plugs instead.  The manufacturer said their performance was better than banana's.  Cant really say either way as the last banana plugs I had were for a Serge modular synth.  If you want new connectors look to perhaps a cable upgrade as well.  It will do quite a bit for your sound.....but this another often heated topic  ;)

(http://a248.e.akamai.net/pix.crutchfield.com/products/2007/703/x703T415BFS-f.jpeg)
Title: Re: Speaker connection
Post by: drone on on August 16, 2012, 10:39:28 AM
So if I go with banana plugs, I have to replace the whoe monster cable? Or is there some way to modify the pins to turn into banana plugs? 
Title: Re: Speaker connection
Post by: LNerell on August 16, 2012, 11:16:04 AM
So if I go with banana plugs, I have to replace the whoe monster cable? Or is there some way to modify the pins to turn into banana plugs?

You will have to remove the pins and replace them with banana plugs. Just cut them off, strip off some of the clear cable wrap around the cable, and then you can get either screw on banana plugs or solder types. The screw on ones tend to fall off after awhile so if you have any soldering skills I would solder instead.
Title: Re: Speaker connection
Post by: jkn on August 17, 2012, 09:28:29 AM
If you want some good reading about bare wires vs. banana plugs, etc...   check here:   http://www.bluejeanscable.com/store/speaker/index.htm (http://www.bluejeanscable.com/store/speaker/index.htm)
Title: Re: Speaker connection
Post by: drone on on August 17, 2012, 03:20:17 PM
Thanks everyone for the info!  :)