32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on February 1, 2012
These are a huge improvement over the generic banana plugs 24k Gold Connector Banana Plugs, Open Screw Type 24 Pack (12 Red, 12 Black) I had before. The connection with the wire is more secure and the connection in the binding posts is much tighter. It takes a little time to get everything screwed in properly with a small screwdriver, but the end result is far more satisfying. The generic plugs wiggle around in the binding post and fell out while I was repositioning my speakers just from the weight of my heavy speaker wire, but these don't wiggle at all and won't be falling out any time soon, there's no way these will ever accidentally come unplugged.
10-gauge wire is about as thick as you can reasonably expect to fit in there and get the little screw posts in tight enough to get the housing over the top. Any thicker than that and they screws poke out and you can't tighten the housing, and you'll have to trim some of the strands to get it to fit. If you're using solid wire instead of stranded, you're probably limited to more like 12 or 14 ga, I'm not sure I don't have any to try.
Anyway, I love the heck out of these Sewell Silverbacks, I'd recommend them to anyone, and they're well worth the extra $10 over the generic ones I had before.
45 of 50 people found the following review helpful
on November 9, 2011
I just finished setting up a new 7.1 speaker system in my home theater room. I had never used banana plugs before, but after extensive research on my entire speaker setup I knew I wanted to use them to run cable between my receiver and wall plate (my speakers are all in ceiling) to make the connections tight and secure. Having 7 speakers I needed 28 plugs (4 plugs for each speaker wire). I ordered this 24 pack of Sewell Silverback banana plugs from Amazon, but then was still in need of 4 more plugs. I went directly to the Sewell website to search for these plugs in a smaller quantity, but the smallest quantity I found was a 12 pack. The 12 pack was more than I needed and cost about 20 dollars after figuring in shipping. For this reason I ordered a 4 pack of Monster Cable plugs for about 10 dollars. Having now connected my system using both brands, I have to say the monster plugs were MUCH faster to connect speaker wire to compared to these double screw Sewell's, however I think the end result is just as solid. With the Monster ones you simply unscrew the plug, stick the stripped wire in, bend the wire over the teeth, and re-screw the plug together again. It probably took me about 3 minutes to attach the entire 4 pack. To attach the remaining 24 Sewell plugs took me a full hour. There was on plug out of the group that I had to get a pair of plyers to help loosen before I could insert the wire, as for some reason it arrived so tight I could not unscrew it with my fingers alone. This was only a minor nuisance and probably a freak occurance, but this and the amount of time required to connect these is why I deducted one star from my review. Also, a few of the plugs required me to push pretty hard to get them to slide into the speaker terminals on the back of my receiver (Pioneer 1021k), which was strange. It was like some of the tips were slightly larger than others. I conclude that the Sewell's cost half as much as the Monster brand but took 3 times as long to attach. Now that it is all said and done both work great and I would recommend either brand, however if you are impatient or get frustrated easily, I would say it is worth the extra money for the monster plugs (or similar - I saw on the Sewell site they also make "Pro Maestro" plugs that are suppossed to be a 30 second install like the Monster brand).
33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on March 16, 2012
Everyone has their favorites and opinions. These are no exception. Overall, I would rate them successful, but there are caveats.
First and foremost, I have to say that I LOATHE slotted screws. They are just plain difficult to use, prone to damage, and when small parts like this are involved, also prone to causing bodily injury as a result of slipping where the small, sharp screwdriver (your screwdrivers are sharp, right?) is propelled into a finger with consequential blood loss. Fortunately, I managed to avoid the latter, this time. -1 star for not using phillips setscrews.
These are also a bit unusual because the outer shell screws on from the FRONT. Typical banana plugs require you to thread the outer shell onto the wire prior to connecting the plug to the wire. Don't do that. The shell provides 5.8mm of "strain relief". It's not really strain relief, it's more like restraint from excessive bending at the inner barrel egress. If you strip the wire to about the right length and seat it fully, the insulation will do a reasonable job.
The wire is clamped with two small slotted set screws on opposite sides of the internal barrel, offset by about 7.5mm. The opening is fairly large (4.15mm), and the set screws fill it to well over half its diameter at their 3.7mm machined face. You can therefore use a rather large gauge wire in these. I used 14ga fine-stranded, but I'm sure there would be no problem at all with 12ga, and maybe even 10ga. And be forewarned, the setscrews are not the most user-friendly. You need to have The Perfect Screwdriver to make the job easy, since the slots are narrow and with 14ga and smaller wire, you will have to recess the setscrew inside the body to make it fully tight. I used a Craftsman 41523 ("Professional Micro-Tech 1/8" slotted blade, aka 9-41523) that fits the slot perfectly. With the right tool, it takes only a few seconds to do the assembly. I also recommend that you strip the wire back about 15mm - 16mm. The barrel is 15.5mm deep so you don't want insulation interfering with the top setscrew, nor do you want too much bare wire protruding outside the barrel.
The banana part of the plug is rather well done. The leaves are gold plated, nice and springy, and crowned just right in both directions (axially and radially) so that they make an excellent broad contact patch inside the jack. They're sized to require a determined push to insert. The eight I used today were very secure. Unlike ordinary el-cheapo plugs, the outer shell on these is (I think) bare aluminum. That means, folks, that it's LIVE. This has consequences: Don't mess around the back of your receiver with anything conductive while it's operating! You can easily short out amplifier outputs to one another or ground. I'm not kidding. Be careful! In fact it's probably best to have the receiver/amp off whenever you're doing anything where you can come into contact with these plugs. Some amps can deliver quite a shock at high audio levels. Better not to tempt fate.
Bottom line: with the exception of the slotted screws, I like these a lot and will probably keep a supply on hand for future use. They are MUCH better than any of the cheap plugs I've tried.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on February 1, 2012
These hold the wire in well with dual screws. They are small so make sure you have a little flat head screwdriver or can innovate a solution. I ended up using a knife as I didn't have the right size.
They look great in person. They have clear red and black labels on the plugs. They fit snugly into what you plug them into.
Certainly worth the money from my perspective. I hate working with raw wire if I want to move stuff around. The plug option is much easier and looks nicer, you know if you ever get someone to see the back of your receiver. You'll know though, and it'll make you feel better.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on September 8, 2011
It took a bit longer to apply the dual screw lock, but it was worth it. The copper wire is extremely secure with the dual screws. I have no problem inserting the banana plugs on the Onkyo receiver and the Energy speakers. This is a high quality product. I would buy it again if I had to set up another home entertainment system.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on January 10, 2012
The product serves. It makes connecting the speakers easier and helps in changing connections when necessary. Whether or not it affects sounds quality because of design and materials used, I am unable to say. Fitting speaker wire into these plugs takes a little bit of effort though; the dual screw lock means working with small tools. The screws on the core are very small and clumsy to maneuver. It's also time-consuming. That being said, the product makes an excellent addition to your electronic equipment connections. As other reviewers have noted - this product comes with a TINY PLASTIC piece that fits the screw heads on the inner core. Be careful when opening the packaging - even though I was prepared by other reviewers, the tiny, thumb-nail sized piece was still lost, unknown to me, when I opened the packaging. BE CAREFUL! I like the product even though the shipping cost seems RIDICULOUSLY expensive for such a small item.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on May 16, 2012
Without getting into the debate about what is a better connection, direct wired or banana plugs, I'm very pleased with this product. For me it's just easier and cleaner to use banana plugs. These plugs are significantly less expensive than some of the competitors especially when you have a 7.1 surround sound system with all of its speakers. Sure it took me some time to go through and do the double set screws for each wire but it's done and won't have to be redone anytime soon. Bottom line is that they look good and most importantly they work. I'd highly recommend them to somebody who wants to clean up their system and do it for a whole lot less than some of the big name competitors. NOTE: Just bought and installed my second set of these plugs and equally pleased. This particular setup uses an older Bose surround sound speaker system with the original wiring so the sizes of the wires was small but once the screws were set they held perfectly. Both of my AV receivers and surround sound systems are now done so it's not like I'll be doing to this again but wouldn't hesitate to use them again if needed.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on April 19, 2012
I researched banana plugs quite a bit since I would need quite a few and these met a nice balance of value and quality based on the reviews. I'm very happy with them and will be purchasing more.
I used thse with a multi-input wall plate as well as on a pair of Definitive Technology ProMonitor 1000s. As with most banana plugs, the fit is snug and it takes a bit of force to get them into the terminals (especially the first time) but not so much that it seems like you might break them or the ports.
The dual screw design was a key for me as single screw plugs never seem to hold reliably. They do take some time to install as the screws are quite small but it's worth the effort in my opinion for a clean ans secure install. I used these with 14 AWG wire and they hold tight, but I would imagine if you were using a smaller wire you'd need to fold the wire over before installing the plugs so the screws will grab.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 5, 2012
For my money, I'll buy these over Monster Cables 10 times out of 10.
These do exactly what they are supposed to do - make connection of speaker wire to speakers and components via use of Banana Plugs secure.
These plugs are a great value at $15.99 (August of 2012) for a set of 6 pairs (12 total) vs. $14.99 for a set of 2 pair (4 total) from the Monster Cables brand (price on Amazon as of August 2012). That said, I do feel the quality (better spring to the banana connector itself) and ease of use of Monster brand banana plugs is slightly better (emphasis on slightly). The quick lock system employed by Monster is much simpler and easier to use (no tools required), but I DO NOT think that equates to better sound/ signal transfer.
You will need a small flat head screwdriver to use these banana plugs (think just above eyeglasses size) but they do clamp down securely on the speaker wire, and are probably more secure than Monster brand for those who are constantly hooking and un-hooking cables.
So why only 4 stars? The use of the screw down system onto the speaker wire itself became tiresome for me. I'd prefer an easier setup, but this does not make for an inferior product by any means (just a lazy user).
My only gripe - why do they come in packs of 6 pairs? Why not make it 7 for those with 7.1 surround sound systems, or 5 for 5.1 systems? 6 pairs forces those with 7.1 systems to buy another package, and those with 5.1 systems to store the last pair for fear of wasting it.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on September 11, 2011
Good product what i expected. Easy to use, one was missing a set screw, called company and they mailed one out, no problem. i would recommend these