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Old 17th December 2014, 12:37 AM   #1
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So... I bought my first pair of Mark Audio drivers. I opted for the Alpair 6P. It comes with these connectors, which appear to mate by pushing two flat surfaces together using a soft-ish plastic housing. The clamping pressure of this connector doesn't seem to be very high, so I was wondering if it's needed at all.

Are there any drawbacks of soldering directly to the speaker terminals? I'm thinking to use some AWG 14-16ish zip cord for the connections.

I can't think of any, but that doesn't mean there aren't any...

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Old 17th December 2014, 12:46 AM   #2
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None at all, except portability when, you want to move the speaker.
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Old 17th December 2014, 01:09 AM   #3
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I throw the connectors away!

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None at all, except portability when, you want to move the speaker.
Well... I would solder the zip cord to the driver at one end and solder the other to a SpeakON connector mounted on the cabinet. The zip cord would be internal to the speaker.

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Old 17th December 2014, 01:16 AM   #5
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#14 might be a bit thick to fold through the hole in the terminals for soldering- I've never used anything larger than #18 - in fact in most cases #24 solid from CAT5 - yeah, I'm one of those guys
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Old 17th December 2014, 02:24 AM   #6
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We don't use the connecters, just solder to the main terminals. The connectors are for people who insist on using far too fat speaker wire. With the needs of an A6p 24g solid (as found in CAT5/6 cable is more than sufficient (and IMO has DDR advantages over thicker/stranded).

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Tom - I knew a guy who a couple of decades ago took hard-wiring to the extreme of eliminating all connectors, signal and otherwise, and soldered everything -yup, even replaced the RCAs on phono to pre to power

I never actually heard the system, so can't attest to the layers of smear/ fog/ curtains , blah blah, thus eliminated, but I'm sure he heard the difference
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I use the connectors when I am prototyping. Then I can swap out drivers in a couple of minutes. Usually, I wind up putting a small loop in the end of a piece of 24ga wire and tack solder directly to the driver.

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