hifi engine

speaker connectors

Does anyone know if there is a recommended wire connector pin (or something) to connect speaker wires to the receiver connectors? I'm speaking of the type on later Pioneer receivers where you push down a spring-loaded tab to open a hole in the connector to insert the wires.

Or is just twisting the wire ends and shoving them in the way it is done? (this is the way I've always done it, btw). I've had problems lately getting the connections to make good contact this way, especially on one particular channel. Thanks.



Re: speaker connectors

if you Google "speaker plug types" you will find several links to pictures and descriptions of Audio connectors from Crutchfield , Radioshack etc.
even this "Speaker connections"
Basically there is an older 4mm /Banana plug connector that fell out of fashion (for a variety of reasons (*)) and replaced with 2mm 'pin' type. The 2mm ones should work fine with Spring loaded connectors.
No big need to buy the most expensive ones, but yes some gold plating is good to protect against oxidisation. Ebay is fine or amazon if you prefer.

(*) including some H&S ones - that it would fit some country's mains socket holes and kids might poke it in.

Re: speaker connectors

I have a pioneer so 990 receiver. Can you order the speaker wire plugs thar push into the back of the receiver?

Re: speaker connectors

They are on eBay

Re: speaker connectors

I assume you might be using bigger wire 12-14 ga. .. Try re-twisting them as tight as possible, then tin them with solder. Now you have a solid wire and a good connection to insert into speaker terminal. Another way is to buy "pin" type connectors and insert/solder your wires into them-once again you get a rigid pin to insert into your speaker terminals. Yes, your way is how it's normally done on spring terminal connectors but sometimes the wire untwists, strands break off, etc. Hope this helps.