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Amazing when soldered
on April 10, 2013
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.