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Old 06-23-2010, 03:00 AM   #1
woecarlson woecarlson is offline
Jan 2010
Default Pin connectors VS Banana Plugs?

Hi all,

Any general difference in quality between these connection types? Seems like some holes are more accepting of the pin connectors than others, and banana plugs look so easy. Do either of them provide a better connection than the other?

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Old 06-23-2010, 03:52 AM   #2
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This is a quote from the sticky thread


When connecting the speaker wires, make sure you connect the red terminal on the receiver/amplifier to the red speaker terminal and the black to black. There are two types of speaker terminals: Binding Post & Spring Loaded, and four types of connectors: Bare Wires, Pin Connectors, Spade Connectors, & Banana Plugs.

Bare Wire

Pin Connectors

Spade Connectors

Banana Plugs


Pin Connectors and Bare Wires can be used with Binding Post and Spring Loaded terminals. Spade Type Connectors and Banana Plugs can only be used with Binding Post Terminals.

Binding Post

Spring Loaded

Speaker connectors are for convenience and not for quality differences. The spade connectors probably will give you the most secure connections. They don't come loose easily. As far as Banana plugs are concerned, there are many different types of them. Check this link.
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