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MutecPower 24k Gold plated Connector Banana Plugs - "36 Pack " 18 Black and 18 red
MutecPower 24k Gold plated Connector Banana Plugs - "36 Pack " 18 Black and 18 red
Offered by AccessFox
Price: £45.99

5.0 out of 5 stars They do what they say and don't taste of bananas..., 12 Jan. 2015
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As advertised, 4mm plugs with 2-screw locking and protective jacket. I agree 4mm wire is the max that can be used with this design otherwise the locking screws will protrude too much for the jacket to fit.

The locking screws need to be treated with a little respect as the metal is on the soft side and using the wrong size screwdriver could flatten the groove in the screw head. I'd suggest firmness but not brute force when tightening the screws. For info, the screws can be unscrewed all the way out but are fiddly to place back in the casing.

I found 14mm length of bare wire was about right for these plugs. As my wire was 2.5mm in cross-section, it was too thick to be doubled over with the MutecPower plugs. Didn't matter; the connection seemed very solid.

The plugs are pretty tight when connecting to amplifiers and the speakers themselves. Again, firmness rather than brute force is suggested, with a slight twist (right to left, otherwise the jacket may unscrew).


WINPOON Optical SPDIF Toslink Coaxial Digital to RCA L/R Analog Audio Converter 192kHz/24bit DAC with 3.5mm Jack Supports Simultaneous Headphone with Speaker Outputs - UK Plug
WINPOON Optical SPDIF Toslink Coaxial Digital to RCA L/R Analog Audio Converter 192kHz/24bit DAC with 3.5mm Jack Supports Simultaneous Headphone with Speaker Outputs - UK Plug
Offered by 3C4U
Price: £17.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars At this price point, superb bang for buck..., 18 July 2014
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The WINPOON (WIN(G)POON?) counts as an upgrade :-).

I had been using a KanaaN Digital to Analogue Audio Converter 2nd Generation - SPDIF/ Toslink to R/L Audio Converter - Digital (Toslink/Coaxial) to Analogue (Cinch) and 3.5 mm Jack Converter - Audio Converter DAC but, for me, the sound was just a bit too "soft" so I decided to try the WINGPOON instead.

I struck lucky. The sound (connected via RCA interconnects) is definitely more controlled and firmer than the KanaaN. Trebles are clearer without being overly bright and the bottom end is less flabby plus it has decent presence. However, through the 3.5mm jack, the bass is definitely lacking so if you're buying this for headphone use, this may be a factor to bear in mind - bottom end is fine via RCA connectivity to an amp+speakers or an amp with its own headphone socket. So far, I haven't experienced any background noise or interference.

It may or may not be of interest that the KanaaN and now the WINGPOON have seen off two "proper" DACs - a Beresford Bushmaster Mk II ("almost but not quite") and the thoroughly disappointing Musical Fidelity V90 DAC. I have two optical sources: a Cocktail Audio X10 with 1 TB HDD and a TV. Both the Bushmaster and the V90 have two optical inputs and, as advertised, the WINGPOON only has one. However, the combined cost of two WINGPOONs is only one fifth of the cost of, for example, one V90. Currently, the X10 is connected to the WINGPOON and the TV is connected to a KanaaN. Each DAC is connected by the RCA outputs to its own line-in on an old Arcam amp.

For optical cables, I am using AmazonBasics Digital Optical Audio Toslink Cable 6 Feet / 1.8 m - these seem to work perfectly well. I already had a selection of RCA interconnect/phono cables from an earlier hi-fi set up but if a pointer is helpful, you could do far worse than the Profigold BA-PGA4201 - Audio Lead 2RCA To 2RCA - 1.0m.

Included with the WINGPOON package is the DAC itself (the white box pictured) + a mains power supply unit and a small booklet that is, frankly, somewhat rudimentary. The WINGPOON can definitely be powered by USB instead of mains power if that's for you. The mains plug supplied to me was UK 3-pin.

Why 4 stars and not 5? The quality of sound via the 3.5mm (headphone) jack really isn't that great and, to some, that will be a deal breaker. For info, it's possible to have simultaneous output from the RCA connectors AND the 3.5mm jack.

Hopefully, the above is helpful - happy listening.

NB: Purchased from 3C4U (fulfilled by Amazon) - prompt delivery.


High gain indoor DAB radio aerial with screw on F type connector + free right angle adaptor
High gain indoor DAB radio aerial with screw on F type connector + free right angle adaptor

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars So many variables..., 17 July 2013
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I have no doubt that this product will offer improvement in some cases.

However, much will depend on the quality of the existing signal strength, the quality of the unit the aerial is attached to, physical location of the building, physical location within that building and any potential sources of interference.

In my case, I purchased it with the intention of replacing the aerial supplied with a Yamaha ACRX550BL CD Receiver. With an otherwise identical set-up, I compared both aerials and found the aerial supplied by Yamaha comfortably outperformed the aerial from Amazon / Rouse Electronics.

I haven't contacted the seller (it's highly unlikely to change anything) and will probably end up giving the aerial to a charity shop as another reviewer apparently did.

Just for clarity, I don't think this product is in any way a rip-off; it's just that it will work in some cases but not others.


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