How to Connect Banana Plugs to Speakers

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How to Connect Banana Plugs to Speakers
Install banana plugs to your home stereo or pro audio speakers. (cable cutters image by Albert Lozano from Fotolia.com)

Installing banana plugs to your home stereo or pro audio speakers will allow you to connect to a number of amplifiers that may not offer 1/4-inch or pressure-type speaker connections. Banana plugs are so named for their shape, and because both positive and negative terminals are contained in the same connector and next to each other. Standard banana plugs can be installed on your speaker's cable without soldering or the use of a crimping tool.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Wire stripper

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cut the two strands of your speaker wire apart with the wire stripper's cutting tool. Pry the cable ends apart several inches.

  2. 2

    Strip 1 inch of shielding from each of the two ends with the wire stripper. Twist the strands of each wire together to keep them from fraying.

  3. 3

    Open the clamps of the banana plug by twisting each clamp screw counterclockwise. Insert the positive wire into the side of the connector marked in red, and the negative wire in the side of the connector marked in black.

  4. 4

    Tighten the connector clamps with your fingers, and cut off any excess wire on the other side of the clamp with the wire cutter portion of the stripper tool.

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