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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 10, 2013
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Although these banana plugs are designed to be crimped onto the ends of speaker wire, I found that soldering them to the ends worked much better. If you look at the picture I added showing the plugs and red and black covers in their separate bags, you can see that the end of the plug itself is a tube into which you insert the bare wire. I'd estimate that the tube can accommodate up to about gauge 12 wire. I used 16 gauge wire. If you tin the wire and flux the inside of this tube, soldering the wire into the tube is very simple and creates an absolutely rock solid connection between the plug and the wire. The other benefit of this approach is that you can, if you need to, remove the plugs from the wires - just heat up the end of the plug with your soldering iron and slide the wire out.

The low-profile flexible covers make inserting and removing the plugs from amps and speakers very easy. Some banana plugs are much bulkier and can crowd the back of a multi-channel AV receiver. These are just right - slim, yet easy to grip.

Why only 4 stars? The price seems a bit high for these. If they sold for a couple dollars less for 16, I'd give them 5 stars. Despite this one quibble, I rate them a better bang for the buck than the other plugs offered by Amazon. Nice plugs that allow crimping or soldering for a solid, professional speaker connection.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon April 1, 2007
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I wasn't thinking when I got these. I just needed something to make $25 for free shipping. If you plan on using the same speaker cable forever, they are great. If you want to make changes in the future, get ones that you can reuse. As this add states, they are crimp on, not reuseable. Every crimp (failed or not) is about $1. These must cost about 2 cents to make. The markup on these things are incredible. It's that way eveywhere for banana connectors now. I may just wait for Walmart to start selling them. They are Sooo much easier to use though! That being said, this sale is about the cheapest with free shipping. 32 connectors shipped for $25 (when I got them). Parts Express is close, but shipping is not free.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 4, 2012
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Very good value here. Banana plug "springs" have good solid tension while still being readily removeable. While it may be slightly beyond the comfort zone of the average user, By Soldering these Banana Plugs on to the speaker wires, they are not only perfectly connected both electrically and mechanically, they can be easily redeployed to a new wire-set should the need arise. Extra points for installing heat shrink tubing over the solder connection and 1 1/4" up the wire insulator for added strain relief. Then slide the supplied soft insulators over this assembly and you have one very solid and professional looking connection. Reccomend a 40W soldering iron and working fairly quickly to avoid overheating the speaker wire insulation. It's a short learning curve and goes fairly quickly once you get the hang of it...

Really like the minimal packaging. Mine came in a readily reuseable zip-zlock bag without any extra crap.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2008
I was looking for the best price point for the quality and I have to say this is it. They are easy to install, and work just perfect.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 17, 2008
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Pros:
The quantity you get for the price is great.
Easy to install
No issues yet

Cons:
One-time use, crimp-on plugs.
When connecting/disconnecting the plugs, the plug may come out of the plastic rubber sleeve if you don't hold onto the actual plug.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 18, 2009
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I replaced the ends of all of my speaker cables with these banana plugs. You will need a crimping tool to correctly attach these plugs. If your wire is thin, bend it double before inserting it into plug otherwise it will not hold well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 22, 2009
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The pack of plugs are great, they made a huge difference on the apperance and easy to change cables around if need be.
kind of expensive for what they are...but Amazon price was the best I could find anywhere.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 17, 2009
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Makes a great electrical connection for speaker wires when hooking to speakers. Also looks much neater and dresses up the appearance to a more proffesional look.
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on March 19, 2014
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These are indistinguishable from early Monster Cable banana plugs, very good quality. I prefer the smooth insulating covers on these plugs to the later model ribbed insulating covers that come with current model Monster Cable crimp-on and twist-on banana plugs (they rot and self-destruct in about a year!). You will need the correct crimping tool for these. Some purchasers recommend soldering but I do not. Repeated applications of heat will un-temper the spring tension in the leaves on the plug making for a poor connection. Unless you are very experienced in soldering and know how to quickly "get on" and "get off" the work piece, I recommend just crimping these as that is how they are intended to be used. At a little over a dollar each, it's a fool's game to try & re-use something this inexpensive. Looks like remaining quantities are limited on these.
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on April 12, 2010
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I ordered these wondering what may be the difference between a $1.50 plug and a $10 plug. I got the answer I wanted after hooking a pair of speakers up. The sound was great and I couldn't imagine needing a more expensive connection (true for all my wires...HDMI, audio, coax...)

They were easy to install onto my 18awg wires, this may not be so easy if you are inexperienced with splicing/crimping. My advice to help install...when stripping only go back about a quarter inch making sure to leave enough casing on the wire to slide inside the connector. Give it a strong squeeze near the end of the connector with the casing inside.

You have to be slightly gentle when inserting because the rubber cover only slides over the tip, but no issues.

+ Ease of installation/use
+ Quality
+ Value

- Can only be used once

Buy them!
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