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Crimp-On Gold-Plated Banana plugs (2-Pack)

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278-321

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  • Color-coded banana jacks
  • Mount in ¼" hole
  • Quantity: 2 (1 red and 1 black)

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Product Summary

The golden banana.

These crimp-on gold-plated banana plugs accept 16- to 12-gauge speaker wire. One red, one black.

  • Gold plating ensures a better connection and reduces corrosion
  • Works with 16- to 12-gauge wire
  • Package of 2 (1 red, 1 black)
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  • Crimp-On Gold-Plated Banana Plug (black)
  • Crimp-On Gold-Plated Banana Plug (red)
 

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  • Parts: 90 days
  • Labor: 90 days
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RadioShackCrimp-On Gold-Plated Banana plugs (2-Pack)
 
2.4

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (9)

38%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Reliable (4)

Cons

  • Incompatible (3)

Best Uses

  • High-end equipment (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (6), Power user (5), Tech savvy (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (13)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (5)

Reviewed by 16 customers

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Extremely Disappointed

By Bryan with an I

from Middletown, NJ

About Me Power User

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • In stock

Cons

  • Bad Design
  • Overpriced
  • Poor Quality

Best Uses

  • Pa Speaker Connects

Comments about RadioShack Crimp-On Gold-Plated Banana plugs (2-Pack):

I see I'm not the only one that has encountered the case of the "crumbling" banana plug. I've used the same crimp tool for decades without incident. Til now.

I also don't like the fact that the rubber sleeves slip; Slip when I push the plugs on, and again when I disconnect them. I have to reach deep into the back of an ATA flight case, where a power amp is rack-mounted on the bottom. Difficult to get a sense of what's happening with Sleeve Slippage.

I should point out that this model was not my first choice. I had checked availability online, then drove happily within 5 miles to purchase 274-721 (solderless banana plugs at 1/2 the price). I've used them before with great results. Love the screw on plastic sleeve, and the ease of threading the wire through a spring-loaded receptacle.

However, they were not in stock, despite online info to the contrary.

And last up on the list, the 2-pack I purchased are listed here "On Sale". However, the store did not honor the sale price - which, unfortunately, I didn't know about until I sat down to write this review.

You might be interested to know that this is the first time in my life I've ever been compelled to post a comment online. It's true.

So either I'm getting grumpy in my old age, or these plugs really are junk.

  • Primary use:
  • Business
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
5.0

Great with right crimp tool

By G

from Truckee, CA

About Me Enthusiast

Pros

  • Easy
  • Fast
  • Gold
  • Reasonably Priced

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Theater

    Comments about RadioShack Crimp-On Gold-Plated Banana plugs (2-Pack):

    The reviews are correct....not idiot proof, but with the right crimp tool this is a fast & easy way to make interconnects. I'm using them to go from my 7.1 amp to wall jacks that are permanently wired to my speakers. The price makes it feasible to use them for both ends of a 7.1 setup.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    1.0

    Overpriced Junk

    By Dave

    from Baton Rouge, La

    About Me Enthusiast

    Pros

    • Looks Good

    Cons

    • Brittle Potmetal
    • Have To Return Whats Left

    Best Uses

    • Unuseable

    Comments about RadioShack Crimp-On Gold-Plated Banana plugs (2-Pack):

    These are described as crimp on devices.
    In two attemps with a quality tool both crumbled.
    Very disapointing.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Waste of Time and money

    By Baker Baker

    from Upstate, NY

    About Me Power User

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Wears Easily

      Best Uses

        Comments about RadioShack Crimp-On Gold-Plated Banana plugs (2-Pack):

        I was in a pinch so I bought these at the local Shack, wish I would have waited because these are cheaply made garbage! One set fit and the other didnt! I tested the ones that fit on both the L & R channels of my amp and they fit both sides, so I knew it was the one set that was at fault and not the speaker connects on my amp. I tried to gently crimp the tip with some smooth needle nose pliers to get them to fit and the thing just crumbled! Poor design, cheap quality, nothing good to say here! Save your money and buy quality banana plugs and not these!

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        needs instructions

        By jtkrpm

        from Pearl City HI

        About Me Casual User

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Cheap
        • Would work if crimped wel

        Cons

        • No Instructions

        Best Uses

          Comments about RadioShack Crimp-On Gold-Plated Banana plugs (2-Pack):

          Wasted my money. Admittedly it was my fault as well I likely did not use the correct crimper and the the connectors did not even hold the wire! bought these because the Monster brand connectors were 25 for 4 (good deal actually). I ended up buying the Monster Quick Locks any way and I should have bought them in the first place the monsters are the best! and sure beats sticking bare wire into the Receiver or speakers

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Better than my regular supplier

          By MSEE

          from Philadelphia, PA

          About Me Power User

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Consistent Performance

          Cons

          • No Performance Increase

          Best Uses

          • High-End Equipment

          Comments about RadioShack Crimp-On Gold-Plated Banana plugs (2-Pack):

          As is the case with most components availible at the "shed" these do the job. Yes, these are brittle, and if you try to use the tools that they sell at the store you will damage them. As a previous poster noted, you must have the correct tool for the job. Further, for the poster who said they are not solderable, you must use flux, it is your friend. Flux them, tin the edge, desolder to remove the ionized gold from the surface, reflux, and solder. These have an aluminum core, so they should heat fast with a good iron and the correct tip; remember you heat the connector and not the wire or solder. All in all, these beat the plugs I usually get from Digi-Key.

          • Primary use:
          • Business

          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Everything's EZ when you know how

          By Measure Twice, Cut Once

          from East Peoria, IL

          About Me Casual User

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about RadioShack Crimp-On Gold-Plated Banana plugs (2-Pack):

                1) Get a decent crimping tool. Most hardware stores have them for $6-8. Be sure to get one that includes crimps for NON-INSULATED wire.
                2) Bare (strip) enough wire to reach the front end of the larger (middle) of the three plug cylinder shapes while leaving an eighth of an inch of still-insulated wire just into the back end of the cylinder. Use the plug itself to measure. Be sure to twist the bare wire (lead) tightly clockwise.
                3) Thread the correct color plastic/rubber sleeve over the correct/corresponding wire starting at the narrower end of the sleeve.
                4) Thread the bare wire lead into the plug until you are sure it contacts the front end of the thickest (middle) of the three shapes of the cylinder. Assuming you are using matching gauges of plug and wire, you will have to twist/push the insulated wire end clockwise until a very small amount of it is into the back end of the plug.
                5) Use the non-insulated (denting rather than smashing) section of the crimping tool marked for the gauge of plug/wire being used. Crimp at the correct spot -- on the smaller/back section just behind fattest (middle) part of the plug, making sure the side of your crimping tool when closed will just clear the back of the fat part of the plug. You want to be sure you measured correctly so that you end up driving metal tube into BARE metal wire. You will probably hear a slight click when the metal of the plug is completely dented down into the cylinder to contact/trap the bare wire. When done, the resulting dent should look like you hammered the tip of a nail into the cylinder.
                6) Gently tug to make sure the lead is securely held, then slide the red/black rubber insulator up to the front of the thickest (middle) part of the plug so it will snug with the end of the receiver jack.
                7) When you pull plugs out of receiver jacks, make sure to firmly grip at the front end of the red/black sleeve so you are indeed pulling the plug, not at the back part of the sleeve where you would be yanking on the wire connection/crimp point.
                7) Then ask the folks who sold you these plugs why they couldn't be bothered to include decent instructions. (Like they hate newbies and want you to ruin the plugs and need to buy more).

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                These work really well!

                By tooitu

                from San Francisco

                About Me Enthusiast

                Pros

                • Consistent Performance

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • High-End Equipment

                  Comments about RadioShack Crimp-On Gold-Plated Banana plugs (2-Pack):

                  I cannot understand why some have had trouble with crimping these plugs. I have crimped and soldered them, and the connection is so good that I could drag my Vandersteens down the street without breaking the connection. Easily will fit Monster Cable.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

                  (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Previous reviewers? Confused???

                  By Casey

                  from Eugene, Oregon

                  About Me Power User

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Performance

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Dorm Room
                    • High-End Equipment

                    Comments about RadioShack Crimp-On Gold-Plated Banana plugs (2-Pack):

                    I've used dozens of these gold plated banana plugs. If there is a problem it is that these previous reviewers are confused about what a proper crimp is and where it should be placed. Using of the correct type and size of crimping tool WILL result in bad results. Radio Shack should supply technical instructions to avoid problems using all of their products including these plugs. The metal is slightly brittle, but this does not affect performance if crimped correctly. The crimp is to be in the cylinder area of the plug, not at the end of the plug! The correct location for the center of the crimp is 1/4 inch from the rear end of the plug.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

                    (16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Not idiot proof, excellent product.

                    By Electronic Technician

                    from Eugene, Oregon

                    About Me Power User

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Performance
                    • Good Length
                    • Rugged

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • High-End Equipment

                      Comments about RadioShack Crimp-On Gold-Plated Banana plugs (2-Pack):

                      It is very obvious that the previous users likely made two mistakes.
                      1) Did not use a proper crimping tool
                      2) Attempted to crimp or in the wrong place.

                      You must have a proper crimping tool, and the crimp is to be located precisely 5/16" from the rear end of the plug. (The half circle of metal at the end of the plug is NOT the spot to crimp. The cylinder portion of the plug IS the spot to crimp.) I've crimped a couple dozen of these banana plugs. They are NOT solder type, and they crimp beautifully when crimped per design. Radio shack should include instruction so those that don't know how to use these plugs will have success in crimping them. There is nothing wrong with these plugs. There is not a better product out there. PS I doubt that it was not the same person posting 5 different reviews as a way to "get" revenge. If the product doesn't seem to perform, return them to radio shack. I have NEVER had a problem returning anything to a Radio Shack dealer.

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                      • Personal

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