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5 PAIRS OF High-Quality Gold Plated Speaker Pin Plugs, Pin Screw Type
Pin plugs make speaker installation a breeze. They are designed for use with amplifiers or speakers fitted with either traditional binding posts or spring clip connectors. Not only is it easier to make the connection on the back of your amp, it is safer, with no chance of stray wire strands creating a short across contacts.
These high quality plugs are the closed screw type and can accept bare wire or spades. They are sized to fit speaker wire from 12 to 18 AWG. Each pair comes with one plug color coded red and the other coded black, for easy polarity identification.
The plug body is made of brass, which is then plated with gold to help prevent corrosion and ensure smooth connections.
This multi-pack includes five pairs of plugs, perfect for connecting the satellite and center channel speakers in a 5.1 channel setup.
- Can accept bare wire or spades
- Can accept 12 to 18 AWG speaker wires
- Color coded black/red rings for maintaining proper polarity
- Secure, positive contact with binding posts and spring clips
- Corrosion resistant, 24K gold plated brass plug
- Each order includes FIVE pairs (10 plugs total)
The following video shows the differences between the various types of banana plugs and includes a demonstration of how to install each type.
My major complaint is that these connectors are too bulky for my speakers. Ironically, the speakers in question are monoprice's own budget 5.1 system (see my review for this item, item no. 8247). For the satellites, it is annoying that these plugs poke out below the bottom surface of the speakers, making setting the speakers on a flat surface impossible. For the center speaker, there's not enough space to even get these plugs into the terminals. It baffles me that these very plugs (or their open-screw counterparts) are what monoprice recommends for the speaker system. You'd do better to seek out plugs with flexible ends, which monoprice doesn't seem to make (why not?!?). I was a bit miffed at having to pay a fair chunk of change for flexible connectors at a local store, but saw no way around it and figured it wasn't too raw a deal for the low price I paid overall.
PROS: Seem to be made to a high quality
Facilitates fairly easy cable installation
CONS: Too big to fit MP's own budget speakers
I bought these thinking I would use them for speakers with spring clips. The pin plugs flop around in the spring clips, though, and I found that bare wire made a better and more secure connection.
Putting the pin through the hole in a binding post and tightening it down might work, but banana plugs are more convenient. I'm left wondering what I can do with these.
PROS: These are decent quality plugs.
CONS: Monoprice's own 12-AWG copper wire doesn't easily fit. It requires shaving just a bit of insulation from the wire, or completely stripping the insulation where the wire goes into the barrel.
Most uses will require additional insulation on the metal to prevent accidental shorts.
I haven't found a use for them.
PROS: Real good quality plugs. The top tip and the bottom both screw off. Groves in the tip let the spring loaded connector grab onto it so it won't slide out easily.
CONS: Need to make sure you push the wire in a ways otherwise it won't hold tight when you screw the bottom in.
PROS: Professional quality
This is easily remedied with some heat shrink insulator.
PROS: Solid construction
easy to swap from pin to banana plug tip
CONS: Uninsulated exterior
6 months ago