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Re-review banana plugs July 2015
on August 10, 2013
I purchased these thinking that they are the best thing out there according to the favorable reviews. First of all, if you look carefully at the pictures, you will notice that the tip is made in two parts: the solid center shaft on the base of which the wire is pressed, and the spring type tip made to fit snugly into the speaker or receiver binding post. The spring type part of the tip is loose and swivels onto the center shaft part and remains loose even when inserted into the binding post. When playing high SPL, especially when low sub frequencies are present, you can head crisp spark like sounds which are not part of the music. When I removed the banana plugs they were all loose, the spring type parts of the tips had collapsed to the size of the binding posts' holes and do not resume their original shape. Therefore there is NO spring to the material used. This means that they can only be used once comfortably tight. Whenever they are removed, they have collapsed to the size of the binding posts they were in, and if you insert them again, they no longer hold snugly. I returned to bare wires, and the snap, crackle, and pops disappeared. Secondly, The two parts between which the wire is squeezed, when bottomed at the threads, can only be used for 16 gauge and larger wire, the teeth leave too much gap to adequately tighten an 18 gauge wire, barely enough for 16 gauge. In the future I will first read the unfavorable reviews to see what can be expected from the products I purchase. On the other hand, Amazon is the WallMart of the internet stores. If a product does not perform as it should, you can always return it for exchange or refund.
July 2015, After all is said and done, after a couple of years, just a few units have given me problems. On average, (90%) these units do perform quite well; to the exception of when you use them in subs that can take 1,500 Watts or more at low impedance (2 Ohm), they tend to crackle due to vibrations or simply due to arcing between the two parts of the plug. All in all, they are quite good for everything else below these powers.