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Peteruk 21st March 2007 11:53 PM

Spades V.s Bananas - what's the story?
Hey all,

While I've been looking at various DIY speaker cable guides (especially cat5e), it came to my attention I never gave the type of speaker connection much consideration.

Personally, I've always used banana plugs (I confess, I currently use rather chaep ones); in fact, I've never looked at spades at all. It always seemed to me that mechanically bananas made a better theoretical connection and were less exposed, even if they are usually more pricey. That said, I'm still not entirely sure how spades connect.

So really - to the point of this thread: Which do you prefer? Advantages and disadvantages of either? What do you prefer? Raw cable even?

All thoughts appreciated. :)


P.S. Not sure if this is exactly the right subforum...appologies if not.

Sonusthree 22nd March 2007 12:36 AM

I like the solid connection and durability of spades but I use bananas as a compromise to avoid accidentally shorting my amplifier.
I would use bare (regularly re-stripped) wire if I didn't need to remove and replace the connections so often.


BWRX 22nd March 2007 01:13 AM

Mechanically and electrically speaking, spades can give you better contact if the binding post is of good quality. Banana plugs are very convenient if you swap connections a lot. They also wear out if you swap them out a lot.

FastEddy 22nd March 2007 01:27 AM ... these new amp modules use spades for I/O, power, etc ... but not in the low level signal path. Semi perminant and rugged enough, pertty good quality = no compalints.

I have a bunch of bananas jacks that have thumb screws that spread the banana "skins", causing the banana to swell up inside the binding post = works out great, very solid contact ... from some place in Florida...

neutron7 22nd March 2007 03:13 AM

Don't forget about Neutrik designed Speakons!
very positive connection, flush mount on back of amp (although the connectors themselves are rather huge) and you need to drill a 15/16 hole or so

you can have 4 or 8 separate wires per connection depending on which speakons you use. that means you can build an amp/speakers ready to Bi/Tri amp without having to drill more holes.

I was skeptical at first but so far so good for me.

Steve Eddy 22nd March 2007 03:28 AM

Personally I prefer small, simple spades and small, simple screw terminals (#6 spades and #6 screw terminals).


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