Newbie - speaker cables - possibly the daftest question ever

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Hi.

I'm new at this so please bear with me. I've just purchased a Yamaha RX - V1067 which scared the life of me yesterday when I unpacked it albeit I have yet to play around with it and read the manual so I'm sure I'll work out what I'm doing. :roll:

I've also ordered some KEF KHT 3005SE's speakers which should be delivered in the next day or so. With these speakers comes 30m of cabling which arrived this morning.

I know I need to cut it up for each speaker, but is it a simple case of rolling back some of the cabling and inserting the wires into both speaker and receiver?

I read somewhere about banana clips so I'm wondering do I need to purchase these to connect everything?

I ususually take the trial and error route, but I don't want to start wasting cabling when an expert could point me in the right direction.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Always best to ask if you aren't sure so don't worry you are far from daft!

All you need to do is strip the speaker wire by about 1cm at each end so that the bare core of the wire is exposed and then just connect to your amp and speakers, when it comes to the amp it can be quite a fiddly exercise and requires some patience but you need to get the exposed part of the wire into the speaker connection.

There is usually a hole in these connections which you are looking to get the wire through with no plastic outer casing touching the contact point and without the speaker wire fraying so in most cases it pays to twist the exposed wire before you attempt to poke it through. Also look at the amps back panel before you begin and work out which connections will be the most difficult to wire up and do those first to minimise any potential frustration!

Then just follow the same method to connect the speakers which shouldn't be as fiddly or difficult, fingers crossed, and you are then wired up and ready to go.

Banana plugs are not atall necessary to wire your amp and speakers and provide no gain in performance, they are just easier to use becuase you simply plug them into the amp and speakers making it easier to wire up and a much better option if you will be moving the amp and speakers around quite often but they are not required in order to wire up your system, they are an optional extra.

Hope that helps and good luck!
 
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Agree entirely with Oldby, bare wiring is simpler and avoids adding further components in the signal path. Do make sure you wire them in phase as well. This means (forgive me if you already know this), that the black terminal on the speaker is wired to the black terminal on the amp, and similarly red to red. Most speaker cables have a ridge on one of the wires so you can use this to follow the wire from terminal to terminal.
 
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Thanks both for your very informative replies. I will tackle my project with a lot more confidence that I had a few hours ago:)

Thanks again
 
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Thanks both for your very informative replies. I will tackle my project with a lot more confidence that I had a few hours ago:)

Thanks again
 

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