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on 24 August 2017
well worth tghe expense. No point in paying over a grand for speakers then connecting them with damp string
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on 14 March 2015
Totally does the job - and doesn't feel like they're going to come apart any time soon.
Very impressed.
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If you have an AV amplifier or a standard amplifier then you have speakers, the better quality speakers have Banana Plugs inputs, they wouldn't make any difference to the sound but they add stability to the fixing.

I have an Onkyo 7.1 AV amplifier, this gives me two front, two side, two rear and a centre speaker, which in total uses 14 Banana Plugs on the speakers, the amplifier requires another 6, If you have bi-wired speakers then that's double the amount, connecting them this way looks much neater and the cable won't drop out.

The Amazon plugs are very nice, I've been in the audio business for near to 30 years and they are as good as I have seen, you unscrew the end and the cable inserts between the top and bottom top part. They are gold plated which always makes things look like they are quality, not that the gold plating will make an once of difference.

There neatly packed in the amazon basics box.

Very pleased with them and the price is very good, I've paid a fiver for a pair before now.
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These plugs are functionally fine..

-They stack perfectly well with each other and also with other banana plugs I own.
-Wire can indeed be secured from the side or down the barrel; when shoving it down the hollow barrel, one can use another plug to push the bare wire sideways thus enabling it to be secured with the threaded bolt.
-They make perfectly good conductive contact and I can't detect any difference in sound between these and my £5-/pair (trade price) plugs.

(Amazon's product page states that they are gold plated to prevent distortions. This seems an odd thing to say as the main function of gold plating on audio connectors is simply to stop them rusting.)

The packaging is compact and pleasing; no need to hack away at plastic.

As you can see in Amazon's pics, they have a fluted end similar to a stair bannister or candlestick. Unless you find this styling offensive, I can't think of any reason not to select these banana plugs. -Unless you ony need 8 and not 24!

I'd upped my own comparison pics but they seem to have disappeared.

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[My Ref: TOP BANANA More banana plugs than you can throw a bi-wire junkie at. Aug 13]
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VINE VOICEon 17 September 2013
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Opening up like a cheap box of chocolates for an ugly date, we have another in the range of Amazon Basics.

I have a range of loudspeakers brands such as Tannoy, XTZ, M&K and amps from Yamaha, Aura & Marantz and these bananas fit all of the speaker posts snugly. I used to just threat the speaker wire into the binding posts and then tighten them as much as possible, but that's not necessarily the best method as they can need tightening every so often. Banana plugs are also easier to use for plugging & unplugging, less time spent hanging over the back of the amplifiers and more time listening to music. Some audiophiles may hate them, but then again, some audiophiles won't let speaker cables touch the floor...

If you have loudspeakers with two binding posts, this box will set you up with six sets of speaker cables. If you have speakers with four binding posts, then that's three sets wired up. I tidied up a pair of Arrow 12 strand copper speaker leads for my office setup and I bought a reel of 12AWG copper magnet wire and made some short speaker jumper cables for my home cinema. Now that is better than using the cheap metal strips a lot of speaker companies use to connect the woofer & tweeter binding posts together.

Highly recommended.
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on 5 January 2014
After some months with those banana plugs, i feel like i can write a review of it!.

First I bought some really cheap banana plugs, because if was too stingy to throw some more cash, after some better banana plugs. I should have started with those, then i could have saved me some more bucks!.

They arrived fairly quick, in a beautiful package. I was surprised on the weight of this little package, until i opened it up. I was amazed how beautiful these banana plugs actually look like. I know you never see them, because they're at the back of the receiver or speaker. But they look and feel amazing!.
They need some FORCE to get the screw to stay at the same place for a long time. But when you figure it out, the cable don't move away.

You need some fairly big cable, like 2 mm quadrant as a minimum. I got some Supra 2.5 mm quadrant, which i struggled to fit with those banana plugs. I folded the core to get bigger and then it fitted nicely.
You need space behind the receiver or speaker, because those banana plugs is fairly large.
If the above ain't a problem, then these plugs is definitely the ones you should get!
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VINE VOICEon 31 August 2013
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I suppose that unless you are into buying and selling music gear then this set of 24 banana plugs will be a tad OTT for most people. I've just used a couple so far to rewire a set of speakers and they work fine. Nice and easy to use and connect well. I'm just not sure what I'll do with the rest of them ?
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on 31 December 2016
Not a very secure connection internally. Theu come in two parts, you feed your Speaker cable inside the rear of the clip, then screw that part into the front part of the Clio which then plugs in to your AV Receiver, what should happen is when you screw the two parts of the banana clips together, the speakers cable gets trapped internally, thus making a full connection and as it's squashed/trapped insider it can't be pulled out, but when you screw the two parts together, they don't make contact with eachother, there a gap of a few mm which means your speaker cables doesn't get trapped and can easily be pulld out. So what I did was i cut the sleeve of my speaker cable and made sure I had 2-3inches of copper cable showing which would just full that internal gap and becume wedged inside the clip. Under little to medium forge the speaker cable can still be pulled out, but you get what you pay for. I wish I'd just purchased a load of Cambridge Audio Banana Clips from Richer Sounds. The quality is night and day.
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Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
You can pay a small fortune for decent banana plugs, particularly from the "serious" hi-fi brands. On the other hand, I have had problems with dirt-cheap ones in the past, which tend to use small, feeble grub screws that disintegrate as soon as you try to tighten them. Amazon's own-brand offering is very cheap - around a pound a plug, which is about what you would pay for the cheapest plugs from Maplin and the like.

First impressions are very good - the plugs are solid and heavy - no information on what they are made of, but I suspect it is brass with the usual microscopically-thin layer of gold used for hi-fi purposes! They are a solid single piece with slightly flexible bananas, which gripped nicely onto the sockets on my amp with just enough force to hold securely, but without being ludicrously hard to plug in or remove.

The snag is the way a cable is attached. There is a large hole drilled through the plug, and a heavy thumb-screw at the back to tighten down onto it; this is drilled with a 4mm socket so plugs can be piggy-backed, which is a nice touch. You can either pass the cable from one side of the plug to the other, or pass it through the 4mm hole and out one side. But don't even consider this unless you have seriously thick cables - 79-strand would be a bare minimum. Standard bell wire just falls straight out; the size of the holes is such that the plug can't be tightened enough to grip it. However, once you have thick cable, the weight of it will be enough to start working the cable loose if you use the side entry; the trouble with thumb-screw connections is you can't do them up quite as tightly as grub screws.

The design also means, however you choose to connect the cable, that you will have a "tail" of bare wire sticking out of the side of the plug; really not a good idea given the generally catastrophic effect of shorting the speaker terminals on an amplifier!

Finally, it is bizarre in the extreme that these plugs come in packs of 24, i.e. enough to fit 6 mono speaker cables. The vast majority of surround sound systems use either 5 or 7 channels, so with this set, you will either have 4 plugs left over, or be 4 plugs short.

Within their limitations, these plugs are fine for the price - but make sure your cables are thick enough to make use of them, and make sure you are very careful with the excess wire you will have hanging out of the sides.
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Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
Amazon basics set of 24 banana plugs

Banana plugs make speaker connection easy. These plugs are well made and fully gold plated to ensure excellent signal transmission.
The wire hole is large so thicker speaker cables can be accommodated with ease. The set contains 12 red marked and 12 black plugs.

All in all a very good set of plugs at a great price.
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