Speaker Connections

Speaker Connections

Understanding speaker connections can be incredibly confusing for you since they come with so many options when integrating audio systems.

But there is a logic behind all those different cables connected to the audio equipment.

Here is the deal.

After you read this you will gain an understanding of all the different kinds of speaker connections, their functionality, and how they are integrated with the electronics systems.

8 Types Of Speaker Connections

Today’s new audio components are equipped with different types of connections.

Figuring out how to connect the speakers, amplifiers, receivers, and mixers where can be confusing.

Definition

Binding Terminals

Binding terminals secure bare speaker wire and banana plugs.

Binding Terminals
Binding Terminals

Speaker Wire

The speaker wire transmits audio signals through copper cables.

Speaker Wire
Speaker Wire

A banana plug is used to firmly connect speaker wire to a binding terminal.

Banana Plug

Banana Plug
Banana Plug

Dual Banana Plug

Dual banana plugs firmly connect speaker wires to binding terminals.

Dual Banana Plug
Banana Plug

Binding Connectors

Binding connectors firmly connect speaker wires to spring clip terminals.

Pin Connectors
Pin Connectors

Spade Connectors

Spade connectors connect speaker cables to binding terminals.

Spade Connectors
Spade Connectors

XLR Connectors

An XLR connector has 3 conductors (“positive, negative and ground“).

And it is mostly associated with professional audio equipment because of its balanced audio interconnectivity.

XLR Connector
XLR Connector

RCA Connectors

RCA connectors transmit audio signals through RCA cables.

RCA Connectors
RCA Connectors
Source Multimedia Tech
Source: Multimedia Tech

Understanding what speaker connections to use in a home theater can be very technical and difficult to comprehend.

We hope that this infographic will assist you to better visualize how speaker connections can be connected.

And how to make sure that audio is transmitted better.

Speaker Connections Infographic

Speaker Connections

Did I Forget To Mention Anything?

Like always I’d like to hear from you:

Which of all of the connectors are you using?

Or maybe I didn’t mention speaker connections that you have in mind?

Either way, let me know by leaving a comment below right now.