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Banana Plugs? Whats good & Cheap

 

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Username: Weezelb

San Jose, CA

Post Number: 2
Registered: Sep-05
I'm looking to pay about $4 or under per pair of banana plugs. Ebay seems to have some good options as well as some websites like Lenexpo.
Brands I've seen in the price range:
Atlona
http://www.lenexpo-electronics.com/msg_search.php?text=AUDIO%20CONNECTORS

NXG
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem%26item%3D5878382124%26&sspagename= STRK%3AMEWA%3AIT%26

eks bfa http://www.knukonceptz.com/productMaster.cfm?Category=Connectors

Anything I should look at closely or are they pretty much all the same?

Am I going to cheap?


 

Gold Member
Username: Project6

Post Number: 6917
Registered: Dec-03
try out partsexpress.com
 

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Username: Weezelb

San Jose, CA

Post Number: 3
Registered: Sep-05
I've looked at Parts Express before, http://www.partsexpress.com/webpage.cfm?&Webpage_ID=3&DID=7&CAT_ID=39&ObjectGrou p_ID=108&SO=2

Why are these better than the ones I posted above?

I'm under the assumption that solid brass & 24K coated is the standard for a good plug.

Any of these have better ease of use than the others?

 

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Username: Dodgedifferent2

Windsor, Ontario Canada

Post Number: 84
Registered: May-05
i use radio shacks solderless nanner plugs. I forget what i paid, but i know for a fact that it was under 4 bucks a pair. I dont see much difference in the multi million dolla plugs to these from radio shack,
 

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Username: Weezelb

San Jose, CA

Post Number: 4
Registered: Sep-05
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0029XW5JA

Cheapest in gold plated is $4.29 and crimp on. Not looking to crimp.

Anyone else have an opinion?
 

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Username: Eramsey

South carolina United States

Post Number: 452
Registered: Feb-05
Chris: I use the compression type banana plugs from Parts Express for my 10 AWG wire. These hold reasonably well if you get them tight. Your basically correct gold plating over brass is a good standard for economy plugs, which these are. They(Parts Express) also have the "set screw" type which are even better as far as holding tension, and these are what I normally buy, but I wanted to try the compression type as I have never used them before. Berny is right PartsExpress.com will be your best bet for decent economy plugs.
 

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Username: Dodgedifferent2

Windsor, Ontario Canada

Post Number: 86
Registered: May-05
ya i dont use the gold plated ones.
 

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Username: Weezelb

San Jose, CA

Post Number: 10
Registered: Sep-05
For those that care,
I purchased 10 pair of Nakamichi banana plugs from a seller in HK. Should be here in a few weeks. I paid $3/pr shipped.

 

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Username: Stimuli

The misty climes of th...

Post Number: 1
Registered: Oct-06
For those that care, I recently purchased both Atlona and Nakamichi banana plugs.

Atlona are total garbage. Some jackets do not even screw far enough before jamming (on nothing...), to actually push the pin up to lock the plug in place. The metal they are made of is extremely stiff and brittle, and I broke one the day I got them, after realizing the only way I'd get them to lock was to expand the tips with a screw driver first. The metal is chalky white in colour, under a very shitty gold-plating.

DO NOT BUY THESE CRAPPY ATLONA PLUGS. Or if you do, buy mine, I have 7 and one broken one that still works ;)

As for the Nakamichis, they are the exact opposite of the Atlonas: Very beautiful to look at, easy to thread, easy to secure, with easily-expanded tip for locking. The gold plating is top notch. They look quite a bit nicer in person than they do in pictures; unscratched and golden orangey. These are a steal from cnplug and other in Hong Kong selling via eBay. Highly recommended.

I though I'd post this as I purchased both sets at the same time, and feel ripped off with the Atlonas and very pleased with the Nakamichis, which I just purchased another pair of.
 

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Username: Steelgtr

San Jose, Ca. United States

Post Number: 1
Registered: Jan-07
Does anyone know if the Nakamichi plugs accept 10 gauge wire?

thx


bob
 

New member
Username: Hollywood3006

Clinton, MS USA

Post Number: 1
Registered: Jan-07
Ok.... Let me explain why I like the Monster Plug QuickLock design. Simple:

Symmetry beautiful in a design.... and if you fray those wires out over a Monster Quicklock connector just right.... you are providing an even balanced current signal to your amplifier. Do this and you will be happy with the results... no clipping no imbalance. Also make sure that the cables lengths from each opposing channel are the same.... so that the impedance is equal.... just a good idea... if you're coiled up extra is more than 50 feet you may experience a signal loss due to communism!
 

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Username: Gavdawg

Upstate, New York

Post Number: 734
Registered: Nov-06
Acoustic Research is what I use.
 

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Username: Longlze

Post Number: 1
Registered: Dec-08
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Username: Hudsy

Windsor, Ontario Canada

Post Number: 1
Registered: Jan-08
I have an order ready to go in for DH Labs bananas www.thecableco.com, they get great reviews.

very high copper content.
 

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Username: Smwick

B.C Canada

Post Number: 220
Registered: Dec-07
Blujeanscable has them for $350 a pair, or $525 for the locking .
http://www.bluejeanscable.com/store/speaker/index.htm
 

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Username: Mike19

Tallahassee, Fla USA

Post Number: 3
Registered: Jan-09
I use the Dayton gold plated nannas from Parts X and then coat them w/ Dayton 4% silver solder (also from Parts X).

Mike
 

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Username: Rochu2

Post Number: 1
Registered: Aug-05
Hey guys, I know this is an old post, but I am very interested in the Nakamichi banana connectors. Online, where can I get them, namashop is no longer available.
Thank you very much.
 

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Username: Christoca

USA

Post Number: 1
Registered: Jan-10
I bought this nakamichi plugs on http://www.nakamichiplug.com/ .
The quality is better than expected. But it taked almost 10 days to my hand. And I had to signature upon delivery of parcel. I think the parcel was Insured and Registered. Because I can check the status online by usps.com. Tracking number:RA891850085HK .


The following is the images of my plugs.
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Username: Iambest

Post Number: 1
Registered: Mar-10
Hi Chris, I live in CA. Also I bought nakamichi plugs from http://www.nakamichiplug.com/.

You are right. The quality is very good. And the parcel is registered.
But I got the plugs after 15 days. I think it is delayed in customs. Although I didn't pay any duty fees.
I bought this type of Nakamichi plugs.
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Username: Magfan

USA

Post Number: 917
Registered: Oct-07
Try Blue Jeans cable and get the Canaras Expanding version.
 

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Username: Tawlly

Post Number: 1
Registered: Jun-10
Hello out there, I know this is an old post, just a quick question. I'm interested in the nakamichi banana plugs below; was wondering if the silver casing is metal or plastic?
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Thanks
 

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Username: Pbj44

Post Number: 1
Registered: Apr-05
The cases are made of sturdy metal.
 

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Username: Nency

Post Number: 232
Registered: May-09
Hello,
A banana plug is one of several methods used to terminate your speaker wire.
you can still use bare speaker wire, but banana plugs add convenience and some believe it improves the electrical transmission between the wire and what ever component you are connecting to. Convenience is a big plus with banana plugs. They are easily plugged into the receiver. This is great because most people have a receiver that is tough to access and it can be awkward trying to install with bare wire.
 

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Username: Incawarrior68

OttawaCanada

Post Number: 1
Registered: Feb-12
I ordered and paid for 48 plugs from a site in HK called www.nakamichiplug.com. I made 2 mistakes: 1, not filing a dispute with paypal before 45 days was up - they basically told me where to go - which was anywhere but near them! 2, I ordered my plugs from this site. I have sent 8 emails, no response. The plugs haven't even shipped. So I would advise NOT ordering anything from this site. Hopefully this post will help someone else avoid making the mistakes I did.
 

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Username: Pbj44

Post Number: 2
Registered: Apr-05
Sorry you went through that. I bought mine on Ebay and had no problem. I think the quality is quite good.
 

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Username: Project6

Post Number: 16068
Registered: Dec-03
Is the Nakamichi plug website actually affiliated with Nakamichi or one of those shady dealers who uses a reputable name to scam people?
 

New member
Username: Pbj44

Post Number: 3
Registered: Apr-05
Since to my knowledge Nakamichi does not manufacture banana plugs, these are likely manufactured in China and outlaw branded with the Nakamichi label. I can only speak about my own ebay buying experience which was painless. The plugs work well and fit & finish are good. This was a good purchase for me, and I see no reason to pay more for such a product.
 

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Username: Project6

Post Number: 16070
Registered: Dec-03
"Outlaw branded"...I like that better than counterfeit. Radio Shack products work equally well. .
 

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Username: Honeymonster

Post Number: 1
Registered: Mar-12
I tend to use Milty CC120 banana plugs as they don't need soldering, just a screwdriver
 

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Username: Oxygen200000

BucurestiRomania

Post Number: 1
Registered: Mar-12
[QUOTE]I ordered and paid for 48 plugs from a site in HK called www.nakamichiplug.com. I made 2 mistakes: 1, not filing a dispute with paypal before 45 days was up - they basically told me where to go - which was anywhere but near them! 2, I ordered my plugs from this site. I have sent 8 emails, no response. The plugs haven't even shipped. So I would advise NOT ordering anything from this site. Hopefully this post will help someone else avoid making the mistakes I did.[/QUOTE]

I also ordered and paid from the same site (www.nakamichiplugs.com) but those paid goods was never sent.
When I've sent a mail to sales@nakamichiplug.com to ask if they will send the goods to my country I 've got imediately answer with sugestion to pay in a bank account. When I told them that I've paid with Paypal and i've asked when will they send the plugs, they never respond again to that mail or at the next ones, sent on the following 3 weeks...
After those 3 weeks of no answers, I've opened a Paypal dispute for that.
 

New member
Username: Pbj44

Post Number: 4
Registered: Apr-05
Sorry to hear of anyone getting ripped off!

I myself am getting ready to order another batch of them and noted that they have been re-branded under the name "Sewell" and are now shipping through Amazon.com. This seems the safest route to order these through. The link is below:

http://www.amazon.com/Sewell-Silverback-Banana-Plugs-Pieces/dp/B005BT2KJE
 

New member
Username: Oxygen200000

BucurestiRomania

Post Number: 2
Registered: Mar-12
Sewell is not rebranded Naka... Is a separate company who besides other products, make a few banana plugs models...
 

New member
Username: Pbj44

Post Number: 5
Registered: Apr-05
I think that Sewell is sourcing their plugs from the same folks that are putting out the "Nakamichi" brand of plugs.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Sewell-Silverback-Nakamichi-Banana-Plugs-12-pairs-/150635902001
 

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Username: Oxygen200000

BucurestiRomania

Post Number: 3
Registered: Mar-12
Probably they have the same supplier that the fasle Nakamichi had...
 

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Username: Oxygen200000

BucurestiRomania

Post Number: 4
Registered: Mar-12
Paypal returned my money.
Never buy from www.nakamichiplugs.com or www.namashop.com. You'll get ripped off!!!
 

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Username: Christoca

USA

Post Number: 2
Registered: Jan-10

[QUOTE]I ordered and paid for 48 plugs from a site in HK called www.nakamichiplug.com. I made 2 mistakes: 1, not filing a dispute with paypal before 45 days was up - they basically told me where to go - which was anywhere but near them! 2, I ordered my plugs from this site. I have sent 8 emails, no response. The plugs haven't even shipped. So I would advise NOT ordering anything from this site. Hopefully this post will help someone else avoid making the mistakes I did.[/QUOTE]


Hi clifford edlin, (email: cliffor*****@hotmail.com)
Thanks for your purchase from Nakamichiplug.com.
Your order detail is 48 pcs Nakamichi banana plugs 2503G.
http://www.nakamichiplug.com/product-250348.html

I am very sorry for the delay shipping. The parcel was shipped out within 2 days after you paid for this item. But the parcel was delayed in your local customs about 15 days. The Canada post was process your parcel and left a note to you. But you are not claimed the parcel within 15 days. So the parcel was returned to me.

Because the reason of return is not quality. According our policy, If the plugs is not good. We will send the replace at once. If the parcel was returned due incompleted address or unclaimed. We will resend the parcel when we got the returned parcel.

So we resend the parcel to Canada after got the returned parcel. Such that we have to waste more time at the shipping.

The second parcel was delivered on 2012/03/14.
Any one can check the status on the site of Canada Post.
Tracking number:RR958978660SG
http://www.canadapost.ca/

http://www.canadapost.ca/cpotools/apps/track/personal/findByTrackNumber?tracking Type=1&trackingNumber=RR958978660SG

To all: All parcels shipped to worldwide are supply tracking number by www.Nakamichiplug.com .
 

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Username: Incawarrior68

OttawaCanada

Post Number: 2
Registered: Feb-12
[QUOTE]I ordered and paid for 48 plugs from a site in HK called www.nakamichiplug.com. I made 2 mistakes: 1, not filing a dispute with paypal before 45 days was up - they basically told me where to go - which was anywhere but near them! 2, I ordered my plugs from this site. I have sent 8 emails, no response. The plugs haven't even shipped. So I would advise NOT ordering anything from this site. Hopefully this post will help someone else avoid making the mistakes I did.[/QUOTE]


Hi clifford edlin, (email: cliffor*****@hotmail.com)
Thanks for your purchase from Nakamichiplug.com.
Your order detail is 48 pcs Nakamichi banana plugs 2503G.
http://www.nakamichiplug.com/product-250348.html

I am very sorry for the delay shipping. The parcel was shipped out within 2 days after you paid for this item. But the parcel was delayed in your local customs about 15 days. The Canada post was process your parcel and left a note to you. But you are not claimed the parcel within 15 days. So the parcel was returned to me.

Because the reason of return is not quality. According our policy, If the plugs is not good. We will send the replace at once. If the parcel was returned due incompleted address or unclaimed. We will resend the parcel when we got the returned parcel.

So we resend the parcel to Canada after got the returned parcel. Such that we have to waste more time at the shipping.

The second parcel was delivered on 2012/03/14.
Any one can check the status on the site of Canada Post.
Tracking number:RR958978660SG
http://www.canadapost.ca/

As an update.:
The company paid Trolls seem to be looking for vindication.
Yes I did get my plugs - something in the order of 4 months after ordering them(I do not believe they were sent the first time, it was only after my post on here did I get some kind of response). The plugs are cheep cheep and would not have ordered had I known the quality and do not recommend doing business with this company.
 

New member
Username: Christoca

USA

Post Number: 3
Registered: Jan-10
To Danny / Oxygen200000 : I am sorry that we can't ship the parcel to Romania by registered air mail. Because there are over 30% of parcels shipped to Romania is lost. If the parcel was lost. I have to refund the money to buyer.
The orders comed from Romania is RARELY. But I got six orders comed from Romania at the same day. This is anomalous. So I have to recommend these buyers to change the shipping method. It is safe to buyer and seller if the parcel shipped by DHL. but some buyer reject DHL and have to refund.

Please note: The money only returned to buyer's PayPal account. It is not bank account. So if you paid by credit card. You may be have to contact PayPal to withdraw money from PayPal.
 

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Username: Christoca

USA

Post Number: 4
Registered: Jan-10
The post site of some country: Tracking number is supply by Nakamichiplug.com
1. Canada: http://www.canadapost.ca/
eg tracking number: RA188545705CN, RA188545590CN, RA188545229CN, RA207749791CN, RA207749417CN, RA207749607CN, RA207749519CN, RR958975164SG

2. United states: http://www.usps.com
eg tracking number: RA188545802CN, RA188545759CN, RA188545612CN, RA188545626CN, RA188545365CN, RA188545396CN, RA188545056CN, RA188545087CN, RA188545334CN
 

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Username: Oxygen200000

BucurestiRomania

Post Number: 5
Registered: Mar-12
@ Is a lie...
I've sent you the first mail and I received an imediat answer:
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Dear Dan.
Thanks for your email!
Yes,the plugs can ship to Romania.
But you have to pay by bank transfer.
If you are agree to pay by bank transfer.
I will send my bank data to you.
The shipping cost is free.
Hope to do business with you in future!
Thank you!



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Also welcome to view more merchant on our online store.
http://www.NakamichiPlug.com/

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We are excited to have the opportunity to serve you.
Once again, thank you for your business! Your business is much appreciated.
Please feel free to contact me for any question at sales@nakamichiplug.com

Best regards,
Qiu (The Sales Manager of nakamichiplug.com)
http://www.nakamichiplug.com
sales@nakamichiplug.com

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After I've paid via a friend paypall account, I didn't receive any answers on my next e-mails and my friend's emails...
Not even Paypall did not received any answer from you. Was many e-mails from my side but you never answered.
I've asked you if you have a tracking number but... logically... no answer...

BTW, you already tryed to lie us earlier, when you did acted like a buyer( a fake one)... Look a quote of your post:
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Christoca posted on Sunday, January 31, 2010 - 02:20 GMT
I bought this nakamichi plugs on http://www.nakamichiplug.com/ .
The quality is better than expected. But it taked almost 10 days to my hand. And I had to signature upon delivery of parcel. I think the parcel was Insured and Registered. Because I can check the status online by usps.com. Tracking number:RA891850085HK .
The following is the images of my plugs:[img]

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So... Please...
STOP RIPPING PEOPLE OFF!!!!!
 

Platinum Member
Username: Glasswolf

Columbia, South Carolina America

Post Number: 14701
Registered: Dec-03
Amazon.com search on "GLS" or "Sewell" and "banana"
They both also have good spade connectors, too.

What I have trouble finding is cheap, good RCA connectors for DIY IC cables

Best compromise I've found so far is on parts-express, the Rean RCA plugs.
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