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1 PAIR OF High-Quality Gold Plated Speaker Pin Plugs, Closed 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.
- Can accept bare wire and spades
- Can accept 12 to 18 AWG speaker wires
- Grooved pins prevent slippage
- 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 following video shows the differences between the various types of banana plugs and includes a demonstration of how to install each type.
Length of Pins
Length of Body of Plug
Diameter of Body of Plug
PROS: Solid build quality
CONS: No insulation on the outside.
PROS: Good quality, feels perfectly weighted, easy to connect
CONS: not readily suitable for a spring type connection on AVR
Unfortunately, most consumer-grade amps, A/V receivers, and speakers use cheap, spring-loaded terminals, designed to have bare wires shoved in. This reduces cost, but makes making connections a hassle, and makes it easy for a stray wire to short the connection. A pin connector such as these goes a long way to solving that problem it's certainly much easier to use a real connector rather than bare, twisted wires, and the color-coding makes it much easier to get the polarity right.
To use these connectors, you simply strip about 1/4" of insulation off the end of the wire, slide the wire into the lower section of the connector body, bend a bit of the ends of the bare wire over the outside edges, and then screw the upper section of the body onto the lower section. This creates a solid, crimped connection that won't easily pull off.
The problem comes from the body of the connector itself the entire connector is conductive, so the bodies can't be allowed to touch each other. That's probably not a problem on the speaker side, as the spring terminals on most speakers are far enough apart that the connectors won't touch. On an A/V receiver, the spring terminals tend to be much more closely spaced, and it's nearly impossible to keep the connector bodies from touching and shorting out the receiver.
I solved the problem by installing some black heat-shrink tubing on the negative (black) connector bodies (you could also use electrical tape), but I would like to see a connector with a similar design but with a plastic or rubber outer coating.
Oh, and hopefully this goes without saying, but make sure your amplifier is turned off or unplugged from power until you've made all of your connections. Even if you insulate the connector body, the pins are still "live" and can short out, damaging the amp, or give you an electric shock that could potentially be fatal. Don't power up until all connections are in place!
Good build quality.
Great design for cable installation.
CONS: The body of the connector isn't insulated from the contact, making it very easy for two connectors to touch each other and cause a short. The outer body should be covered in non-conductive material (plastic).
PROS: Great for large gauge wire fitting into small spring-clip terminals.
CONS: Make sure all pieces (including tips) are screwed on tightly.
As you can see in the pic. I used for speakers and receiver.
PROS: Easy to use, clean look
As noted in cons there needs to be isolating material or o.d. standoffs (rubber rings?) to prevent shorting of connectors on small satelite speakers spring-lock terminals or specifically state these cannot be used for this type of speaker arrangement.
PROS: Constructed well with respect to material
CONS: No external isolation material to prevent shorts between + /- ports. 45 degree angle prongs should be available for connectivity.
• Do NOT use these without putting heat shrink tubing over them – potential for catastrophe is just too big. I used clear HST – serves to still show off the finish and the coloured ring
• They CAN be used as adaptors to allow banana plug-terminated cables to be used on older electronics, but be careful to support the additional weight in some manner
• The thread of the ‘tail piece’ makes it interchangeable with Monoprice banana plugs (at least 2801). If you make up your own cables, this might be the better way to go to help with the possible weight issue above
• The pin itself unscrews too easily from the main body. Use a wee dab of thread locking compound
• There is a link for ‘Installation Guide’ with Product 2801 – same method as here
PROS: Fast and Easy
CONS: Bodies are not insulated so you have to put heat shrink on one of them because they sit loose in the speaker and stay touching each other.
PROS: Good contstruction. Easy to use. Work fine
CONS: Not insulated!!!!