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1 PAIR OF High-Quality Gold Plated Speaker Banana Plugs, Closed Screw Type
Banana plugs make speaker installation a breeze. They are designed for use with amplifiers or speakers that use traditional binding posts. 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.
- 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
- Corrosion resistant, 24K gold plated brass plug
- Each order includes ONE pair (2 plugs total)
The video below shows the differences between the various types of banana plugs and includes a demonstration of how to install each type.
Installation Guide: http://www.monoprice.com/manual/INSTALLING SOLDER TYPE BANANA PLUGS.pdf
PROS: Easy wire attachment and plug-in with correct wire size.
CONS: Does not work with all speaker wire in sizes specified.
PROS: Good looking
CONS: Wouldn't quite fit over the insulation on 12ga wire. One could strip the insulation off completely to the back of the plug, but I like having at least some insulation in the plug so the wire has more support when bending. Likewise the install video shows stripping only enough wire to make the wire fan out in order to complete the electrical connection.
The only downside to this plug, as some others have stated, is the fact that the tip unscrews. I really dont see the point of this. I was able to get mine pretty tight, so I dont foresee a problem, but I still wish that it was one solid piece.
Best way I found:
strip outer speaker jacket 1.75", then strip inner conductors 1/4", take apart plug, insert wire into top of plug, then fold back wire back onto plug by 1/8". Don't let the copper get onto the threads or you will need pliers to tighten up plug.
I do recommend using a pair of pliers to tighten plug into mother plug just a tiny bit of "love" to make sure they won't come back loose.
PROS: Fantastic quality
CONS: They don't install themselves
Note: tighten the banana portion, then unscrew the connectors. Take the plastic color-coded ring off, and slip it onto your cable first, then install the connector and screw piece together. It'll give you a tighter connection without the plastic ring on there, but you can leave it on the cable itself so it's still easy to ID polarity.
PROS: Easier than I thought for a first timer
CONS: I did thread too much wire thought the first time and cut through it instead of making a connection. That's more my fault, however.
Now you have insulated plugs with an even more secure connection between the wire and plug. No need to worry about shorting anything. Already color coded so you can just toss the plastic insert.
PROS: Price-Quality-PRICE!!! easy to work with like the feel. plug in & out as needed
Bigbox Stores have similar plugs, 1 pair for $8 on the cheap side. What a rip off.
Needed over 20 pairs. Saved so much money.
They work perfect again as always with Monoprice !!
CONS: no fancy package )