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binding post

The connecting terminals on a power amplifier or speaker. Also called "posts" or "terminals," high-end stereo equipment often uses gold-plated binding posts with screw caps that make tight connections. Five-way binding posts are also used that accept several connector types. Low-end bindings use spring clips, which are lifted while the bare wire is inserted and then released. See banana connector.



banana connector

A high-quality plug and socket for speaker cable. The banana plug is pushed into the socket, and the spring-like protrusions on the prong make a snug fit (see cutout on illustration). Five-way binding posts are widely used on high-end audio equipment that can accommodate banana plugs as well as pins, spade lugs and bare wire.








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