Electra tube connector installation instructions.

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Danny Richie

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Re: Electra tube connector installation instructions.
« Reply #60 on: 5 Jan 2021, 02:22 pm »
Question: I know these are the best connection when you have to have some kind of post, but would there be any benefit to speaker wires directly attached?  Like your 24 strand version soldered directly to the crossover?

At some point that wire needed to pass through the cabinet. So that makes a cable like our 24 strand braid a bit unpractical. There needs to be some type of connection that allows it to pass through the cabinet.

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Also, what is the best connection for on the amp end? Banana? Bare wire?

Bare wire will oxidize and degrade the signal.

Another set of tube connectors is best. If that isn't an option that a spade connection is the best connection for a typical binding post.



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Re: Electra tube connector installation instructions.
« Reply #61 on: 11 Jan 2021, 02:56 pm »
Another set of tube connectors is best. If that isn't an option that a spade connection is the best connection for a typical binding post.

Hi Danny, are tube connectors compatible with the type of outputs featured in these pics (Marantz SR8015)?





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Re: Electra tube connector installation instructions.
« Reply #62 on: 11 Jan 2021, 05:42 pm »
Male tube connectors will fit into traditional binding posts but are slightly smaller and therefore can fall out if the cable is bumped.  I still use them.

Male tube connectors are very snug in the female tube connectors.

 

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Re: Electra tube connector installation instructions.
« Reply #63 on: 11 Jan 2021, 05:58 pm »
Hi Danny, are tube connectors compatible with the type of outputs featured in these pics (Marantz SR8015)?

The male ends are really only designed to work with the female tube connectors.

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Re: Electra tube connector installation instructions.
« Reply #64 on: 11 Jan 2021, 07:05 pm »
The male ends are really only designed to work with the female tube connectors.

Male tube connectors are very snug in the female tube connectors.

Got it, thanks. So for binding posts like this, are spades, raw wire connections or banana plugs preferred? I'm building out my theater system now and plan to get one of Marantz's AVRs, and the manuals only mention doing a raw wire connection. Just wondering which connection on the amp side of the DIY cables I should order. I got the tube connectors on the X-Statiks I bought.

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Re: Electra tube connector installation instructions.
« Reply #65 on: 11 Jan 2021, 07:21 pm »
Got it, thanks. So for binding posts like this, are spades, raw wire connections or banana plugs preferred? I'm building out my theater system now and plan to get one of Marantz's AVRs, and the manuals only mention doing a raw wire connection. Just wondering which connection on the amp side of the DIY cables I should order. I got the tube connectors on the X-Statiks I bought.

From most people, spades seem to be the best option, but bananas should be good too, just a tad more convenient.

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Re: Electra tube connector installation instructions.
« Reply #66 on: 18 Mar 2021, 07:18 am »
-  Hi Hobbs , Thank you for the Ideas, but I really want to leave the option open to be able to Bi-Amp or not Bi-Amp...

- I really hope another idea shows up... I have another friend with the same issue and I wanted to recommend Tube Connectors to him too.


 ---  I do have one other idea on how to do the same thing as the Tube Connectors but will make the speaker cables that run to my speakers unable to be used with other speakers that I have....

Best regards,
Why not replace both with tube connectors and do a traditional bi-wire speaker cable instead of using a jumper? If you want to leave the option for bi-amping, and still have tube connectors, this is the way to go.
I have been having similar thoughts. This will mean if you are not biamping, you will have to biwire, which is what you're doing already anyway. You'd just have the jumper to be on the cable instead of the binding post, which some people prefer anyway. Mostly anyone who sells cables will have a biwire cable, or you can make it yourself by counter braiding 4 16awg cables together(2 pairs), connecting both positives into the single amp end, and one each for the Tube connector. Same for negative. Easy to do as well with a braided cable like the one Danny sells.

So if you don't want to connect the wires internally, you can do it externally, without a binding post. Upgrading your speakers components usually does not hurt resale, I've come to find.

Apologies if this has already been addressed, I'm still on page 3 of the thread!

dvenardos

Re: Electra tube connector installation instructions.
« Reply #67 on: 29 Mar 2021, 01:23 am »
I don’t solder very often and am am having trouble with the sealing the male plug with solder step. How are you guys doing this? I seem to be heating up the entire plug and not getting the solder to melt.

Edit: just going with crimp and no solder and then heat shrink tubing.
« Last Edit: 29 Mar 2021, 03:01 am by dvenardos »