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PostPosted: Fri Oct 20, 2017 8:29 am 
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Hey all, i searched and found some info that was old so thought i'd just create a new post.

Just yesterday i found a Marantz 2015 for a good price and took that baby home. Cleaned it, lubed it, deoxited it, lights work....so far so good.

But what i did notice is the speaker terminals are the spring type....and the hole is very small. Maybe enough for 16-18 gauge wire, maybe 14 if i really squeeze to make sh!t fit (a la biggie), but certainly too small for my current 12gauge speaker wire.

From what i read online so far i can:

1) get 16-18 gauge wire
2) try to trim the 12 gauge and then tin the end (solder). Crimp it some and it might fit (however i have my reservations that this will work on this particular marantz)
3) get a certain speaker connector that accommodates 12gauge.....or flex connectors that appear to do the trick

https://www.parts-express.com/speaker-p ... --091-1255

I'd lean towards trying these but would love to find them in Canada for a reasonable price, or something comparable
https://www.amazon.ca/SilverbackSL-Gold-Connectors-Spring-Loaded-Inputs/dp/B00B1V0CRI?tag=canuckca-20" target="_blank">https://www.amazon.ca/SilverbackSL-Gold ... B00B1V0CRI

Anyway, any suggestions or stores (or online) that i should check out that might carry the flex connectors would be appreciated

thanks!

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 20, 2017 8:50 am 
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The weak link is the spring terminals so why not address those if it's such a concern?

On the other hand considering those same terminals were good enough for the last X number of decades as was the gauge of wire why the sudden need to change?

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 20, 2017 9:13 am 
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i'm not opposed to getting thinner speaker wire really. but since i already have my 12ga currently run i'd love to be able to just use it if i can.....


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 20, 2017 9:30 am 
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Then replace spring terminals with some nice 5 ways?

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Connect larger speaker wires to the inside of the speaker connectors
Solder?


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 20, 2017 10:12 am 
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i don't really wanna solder when other options are likely easier....
i might just go get thinner speaker wire, and then if i keep this one i'll come up with a more long term solution.

those flex connectors do look neat


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 20, 2017 11:30 am 
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Pin connectors would work.

If you don't mind the wait for Ebay purchases from China, this might be ok:

http://www.ebay.ca/itm/10pcs-Nakamichi-Hard-Plastic-Gold-2mm-Pin-Tip-Banana-Plug-Terminal-Connector/391866758834?_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIM.MBE%26ao%3D2%26asc%3D20170831090034%26meid%3D8f8af865cf184c60a5248734ab16c53a%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D6%26rkt%3D6%26sd%3D221669206748&_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851


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There seem to be a fair number of pin-type connectors on amazon.ca, like these:
https://www.amazon.ca/RCA-AH11N-Speaker-Wire-Mini-Pins/dp/B003GSLEJO/ref=pd_sim_23_4/146-2348213-8972100?tag=canuckca-20" target="_blank">https://www.amazon.ca/RCA-AH11N-Speaker ... 4F9P8NECDN

There are also probably tons of Canadian sources for monoprice pins.

I had the same issue with my old Marantz amp, and pins seemed easier than modding the amp or
replacing in-wall speaker wire. You could argue that ideally, they should be pure copper and as
large as the spring connectors can possibly take - but in my case I had to ask how much better $100
pins would make my old Marantz sound. For that matter, take a look at the gauge of wire connecting
those spring terminals on the inside.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 21, 2017 10:04 am 
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THanks for the links and replies!


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