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91 of 103 people found the following review helpful
Great Product, reasonable price, ignore negative reviews
on December 9, 2010
This is a very good product, it's easy and intuitive to use, and it's cheap for what you get: a high-quality, well-constructed, three-piece banana plug. I bought two sets and I'm buying another three sets. The product was well packaged (although it's very sturdy so packaging doesn't really matter), was shipped promptly and arrived quickly. I was hesitant about purchasing because of the negative reviews and comments. To assist others I have written this to address some of those negative comments.
The 3 star review from Tudor is not for this product but for a different product. Tudor states that these plugs have a socket in back to plug in a second banana plug; this is incorrect, the product does not have such a feature, as can be seen by looking at the pictures.
The 1 star review from Tommy Lynn is incomprehensible to me. Although the review appears directed at specific faults in the product, I have now used and examined the product and Mr. Lynn's review simply makes no sense in light of how the product works and is used. For example, he says: "The screw isn't even long enough to get close unless you remove the plastic colored washers, which makes me question their effectiveness with smaller wire as well." This description does not track the product, which has no removable plastic washers and the set screw works perfectly fine. It may be that Mr. Lynn, like Tudor is talking about a different product.
The 3 star review from jharterman sates that the product is difficult to use because the set screw "doesn't screw tight enough (or not all of them) for 16-gauge wire." The set screw is small and requires the use of a small screwdriver of the sort readily available from the hardware store. If you use a correctly-sized screwdriver you can screw the set screw below the flush point on the cable bolt (see the last picture in the set of product pictures) and tighten the screw down securely on any gauge of wire, no matter how thin.
The 4 star review from alendar states: "I tried to connect from the end by pushing through and spreading the wire strands around the inside, but failed." This description does not fit the product, I cannot relate the description to any possible use of this product, and I have to believe this review is for a different product.
The 2 star review from W Welch appears accurate, but overly harsh. He says: "I finally had to remove the plastic color ring to get it to pinch on the wire, even using 12 gauge speaker wire." The plug is in three pieces, though the pictures show only two. The portion of the plug that covers the wire insulation separates into two pieces and when those two pieces are screwed securely together it causes the inner sleeve to tighten on the insulated portion of the wire. However, this feature will not work if the insulation is not fairly close in size to the diameter of the insulation cover. If the wire gauge is too thin for the insulator cover to fully tighten on the wire, the plug still works fine in every other way. The only advantage that this insulation-tightening feature provides is that one could, in theory, pull directly on the wire (as opposed to pulling on the plug itself) and have a lower probability of pulling the wire connection out. Again this is not a problem.
The negative comments in the 4 star review from Tony F seems directed at this same insulation sleeve issue. Again, this insulation-tightening feature of the plug, while it won't work with every gauge of wire, is not a critical feature, and arguably not even a useful feature unless you are determined that you have to pull your plugs out by the wire instead of by the plug.
The 1 star review from Hollowedman is inaccurate in every particular, it's just wrong. I cannot understand how anyone could have these experiences with this product and it appears to me that he is not talking about this product.
I really like this product. Overcharging for connectors has become a dirty business in hi fi and home theater where, as equipment prices are driven down by competition, the connector has become the profit center for the equipment seller. This is a great product and it's cheap. Don't be put off or confused by the negative comments.