Speaker Connections

Speaker connections

Understanding speaker connections can be incredibly confusing for you since they come with so many options when setting up speaker installations. 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 and low voltage installation, their functionality, and how they are integrated with electronic 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 can be confusing.


Binding terminals

Binding terminals secure bare speaker wire and banana plugs.

Binding Terminals

Speaker wire

The speaker wire transmits audio signals through copper cables.

Speaker Wire

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

Banana plug

Banana Plug

Dual banana plug

Dual banana plugs firmly connect speaker wires to binding terminals.

Dual Banana Plug

Binding connectors

Binding connectors firmly connect speaker wires to spring clip terminals.

Pin Connectors

Spade connectors

Spade connectors connect speaker cables to binding terminals.

Spade Connectors

XLR connectors

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

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

XLR Connector

RCA connectors

RCA connectors transmit audio signals through RCA cables.

RCA Connectors

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

We hope that this infographic will assist you to visualize better how speaker connections can be connected when setting up home audio speakers. And how to make sure that audio is transmitted better.