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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2012
Material quality, contactor, backshell, fit, finish, wire securing screw, and threads are excellent. Backshell is two piece steel, knurled segment for ease of tightening. Compared with two types of Nakamichi banana plugs there are some considerations. Sewell backshell is longer, thus if using heavy gage wire, it will load the receiver sockets more and may require cable support. Also, Sewell plugs have only one screw for securing the wiring versus two screws on the Nakamichi. Nakamichi plugs contacts are longer than the Sewell. Nakamichi plugs backshells are plastic with metal threads insert versus all metal backshell on the Sewell. In addition, the Sewell connectors will accomodate heavier gage wire than the Nakamichi plugs. I am using Velocity 12 gage wire and it fits easily in the Sewell. If I was to upgrade the Sewell design, I would make the backshell shorter, the contact pin longer, and include two screws to tighten the wire instead of one. However, in the past two years I bought Nakmichi plugs, Monster, and others but found these Sewell Pro Maestros to be the best quality and value too.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Easily worth double (or even triple) the $27.95 asking price, these well made banana plugs are an excellent value.

Unlike other banana plugs I've used, the Sewell Pro Maestro fits snugly into the speaker terminals with a nice solid connection. It took a surprising amount of force to coax the banana plug into the terminal posts. Once inserted the banana plugs felt solid and secure.

It has a three piece design with a gold plated solid brass head which threads into a beautifully polished gun metal gray solid steel barrel which has tapered "teeth" that gently grip the speaker cable (assuming you're using thick enough cable) when screwed into the bottom of the casing.

The speaker cable is internally fastened behind the head of the banana plug by a small flat-head screw which clamps down on the inserted cable. (Make sure you have a precision screw driver handy - I used a 2mm) Most audio enthusiasts recommend tinning the end of your speaker cables and if you did, the little flat-head screw would offer a more than adequate connection. I, however, opted to insert the bare speaker wire, clamp it down with the screw, then solder the entire cable insert slot. The plugs are surprisingly heavy and appear to be made of high quality materials - they shrugged off the heat of my propane torch with no ill-effects.

The Sewell Pro Maestro banana plugs look fantastic, are well made, and are priced for far less than they are worth. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 4, 2013
These are the easiest to install banana plugs I have ever bought! The set screw holds the speaker wire firmly.They have a great appearance and are well made for the price. I don't get the negative reviews and a few of the reviews seem to be about different products based on the descriptions. With my old more expensive high end plugs from another maker the lock down screw was hard to get really tight and would loosen over time and suddenly I would find one of the channels in my home theater not working. I don't ever see that happening with these. The ability to buy multiple pairs at a discount really helps as since we have two home theater setups in the house.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2013
The banana plugs serve their purpose, and they do it very well. The plugs first of all look very nice, almost like a gun metal grayish color, and they also secure the wire nice and tight.

The reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is because I have 16g wire and the area where u secure the wire in has TONS of space, I had to take my wire and fold it in half to try and fill up the hole, but after doing that it held pretty tight.

I also don't understand why it breaks down into 3 pieces? It works for me so I'm not to worried about it.

Good plugs at a good price.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on August 10, 2012
The plugs are well made. Connecting speaker wires into the plugs is easy and secure. The plugs are easy to manipulate if you have to test to what speakers unmarked wires go. Connections are very good. Makes speaker connections a snap, especially when considering how difficult it was trying to connect wires directly to stereo receptacles.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 24, 2012
Worked as advertised. I used the banana connectors for a new AV installation against multiple size wiring and, as stated, the connections were made very fast and held true. I'm very pleased and would purchase this again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 10, 2013
I am not going to lie I bought these for the looks. They look fantastic! they work great as well. The only draw back is I spent a lot of these connectors BUT not on the speaker cable. Got the typical 16 gauge speaker cables very cheap and I thought to myself I could always replace them later. Bought a new house with surround sound and needed to get some cheap cables to take advantage of that. The problem with the 16 gauge cable is that it is WAY to small. the ends on these connectors are HUGE. So they look incredibly silly. The real problem is that the little tiny screw will actually screw through if you are not careful. There is a little screw you use to screw the speaker wire tot he connector itself. I noticed that if I had the speaker wire pushed into the little well incorrectly and tried to tighten it with the little screw that there was SOOO little wire from the speaker cable that the screw actually went through the hole and fell out. So my advice is get larger gauge cable for these connectors. The cheapo 16 gauge no name brand works but look silly and can be frustrating when dealing with little screws falling out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 5, 2013
These are classy-looking banana plugs and the finished installation is terrific. My only gripe is, that the tiny little tensioning screw is just that, LITTLE! Yeah, a jeweler's screwdriver got the job done but not without some serious cursing during installation. Okay! I know! It can't be any larger! But still it was, for me, a real pain in the a#$$%ss! That said, it leaves you with a very secure connection and that's what a banana plug is all about.

Okay! Now that the ordeal is over I think they're terrific!

Edit on April 8, 2014:

While these fit nice and tightly into the binding posts on my Ascend Acoustics Sierras and my old AR9s they do not fit the binding posts on my new Martin Logans. The reason? There is a "neck" on the shaft of the plug that is simply too large to fit the MLs. These bananas only go into the binding post about 3/4 of the way, leaving them hanging loosely, barely making contact. A shame really, since they're a great-looking banana plug. Still, I've looked carefully at others sold here at Amazon and, thankfully, the raised neck is rather rare.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 21, 2012
product worked great with no problems. It seems it would be a tighter fit with heavier gauge speaker wire...I used 14 gauge, but it works fine either way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 2, 2013
I have been casually messing around with home audio equipment for 20 years. I have always just twisted up the end of the wire and tried to shove it in connector and tighten it down. These popped up on Amazon when I was ordering a new Yamaha Receiver on Amazon and I am so glad they did. They are priced right, go together easily and make hooking up speakers so nice. I also ordered new speakers and I want to be able to audition them against my old equipment. These are going to make life much easier. The quality seems good. They are very heavy. Like I said I have never owned banana plugs before so I don't have anything to compare them to. The reason I have never purchased in the past is the price and these are priced great so give them a try.
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