I read a group of posts from 2007, after Googling this topic, that where from this forum.
I am connecting a home theatre system. I ordered some 'srew type' banana plugs, but am having second thoughts after reading comments from the old posts mentioned. I have an old soldering gun and can go to youtube.com. There I can watch and learn how to solder speaker wire connectors to wire ends, if need be. I thought that first I should ask questions here.
I need to know what would give my system the best sound. I ordered 10 gauge speaker wire. My speakers are Polk floor standing (with a screw out connector or "Pole connector" that could take a banana blug) and center channel speakers (the center channel has the 'push down' connection), followed by a pioneer 8 " sub woofer (this will just need RCA cables), and lastly; two Yamaha back channel speakers (also has push down connectors). All are 'High' end stuff. My receiver is a Denon 988.
I planned on using the banana connectors (Nakamichi) to connect the speaker wires to the receiver end, and also to the floorstanding Polks. I thought I would use banana pin type connectors for the back and center channel speakers. All 'Screw type' of course.
Now I read that just stripping the speaker wire, and connecting the "bare wire" to either end gives the best sound until oxidation occurs. People suggested 'tinning' the stripped speaker wire ends with some kind of solder, and then soldering each of the ends to a spade connector. Another person said tinning would reduce conductivity, and to simply screw down the naked wire into a 'screw type' connector using a banana plug, and put some silicone sealant over the finished connector. In other words hook it all up with out soldering, and then seal it up to prevent oxidation? Someone else said to 'tin' the stripped end, and then place in a 'screw type' banana connector to prevent oxidation. Another said this was bad due to conductivity issues. Another said to seal the screw type plug after connecting with heat shrink using a soldering gun? So its treat the naked speaker wire and connect it all up or connect a seal with something? Others said to use 'tinned' bare wire, and lastly to solder spade ends on?
I am confused and a novice, but I can learn and love to do this kind of stuff, as long as its the right way while at the same time, it works and lasts. What would you all suggest.
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