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Loudspeaker cable termination, Spade terminals which are suitable for use with electrical crimpers?
post Oct 13 2011, 23:37
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Hi all,
at the risk of posting a silly question, are there spade terminals (perhaps even ring-cable or banana plugs) which can be crimped with a good quality electrical terminal (or even ferrule) crimper?

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post Oct 14 2011, 01:11
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I use them but I solder them and cover with heat shrink.

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post Oct 14 2011, 01:32
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Sure... Any hardware store will have spade & ring lugs and the crimping tools in their electrical department. Auto parts stores also have this kind of stuff.

For banana plugs, you'll have to go to an electronic parts store like Radio Shack, Jameco, or Digi-Key, etc. These stores also carry spade & ring lugs. I've never seen a crimp-type banana plug, but you can get solderless ones that attach the wire with a screw.

As long as the wire size and ring/spade size is right any of these things are "good enough", and as long as they are properly crimped & connected, a different connector won't make any difference to the sound. i.e. They have low resistance as they are designed for handling lots of power-line current without burning down the house!

If you want something more heavy-duty or "audiophile looking", you can find stuff like this at Parts Express. (Parts Express has the regular reasonably-priced electrical-stuff as well as the audiophile-absurd stuff.)

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