How do you terminate your speaker cables on the speaker end?

Stereophile's picture
Many loudspeakers come with five-way binding posts, allowing a choice of connectors. Others are specific to one type of connector. How do you terminate your speaker cables on the speaker end?
How do you terminate your speaker cables on the speaker end?
Bare wire
26% (29 votes)
Spade lugs
24% (26 votes)
Banana plugs
48% (53 votes)
Pin-type connectors
1% (1 vote)
Speakon connectors
0% (0 votes)
Other
1% (1 vote)
Total votes: 110
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Teresa's picture

I love banana plugs! They accommodate very thick wire and are easy to unplug for contact cleaning,

Chris V's picture

Speakers and amplifiers all use binding posts, so I chose spades as the most secure connection with the largest surface area. All my cables are factory-terminated for best fit and seal.

Steve D B's picture

With Vandersteen 2Ces, I have no choice, but that's okay, I like banana plugs.

Joe Evans's picture

Spades allow for a tighter connection.

Tod Wakamatsu's picture

I use WBT sleeves into WBT screw-down bananas.

James - NYC's picture

I prefer the aesthetic look of pin-type connectors bisecting the barrels of the speakers, but my custom-made cables came with spades, so I kept them.

KJ's picture

Spade, because it hangs better off the speaker. But I do wish I had bananas for the amplifier end, however. There never seems to be enough room to screw in a binding post behind a cabinet!

rocky raccoon's picture

Spades are good. Soldered spades are best!

Dhrubo Gupta's picture

Ken Kessler did some research on this in the 1970s and found that direct contact with the binding post gave best results

G.C.  Van Winkle's picture

XLR connectors on my Dynaudio active monitors.

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