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Change from 1/4 to Speakon - Help

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by drpepper, Dec 17, 2013.

  1. drpepper

    drpepper Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2009
    Columbia, Maryland
    I want to change a 1/4 cab input to Speakon. Any tips or advice would be appreciated.

    There's 2 pole, 4 pole and 8 pole...I should be looking for a 2 pole?


    I notice some say "solder type" - being me, I'd prefer screw terminals...if there are only 4 pole connectors with screw terminals, I assume I can use one of those with no problems (or at least only the problems I create for myself :meh:)?

  2. drpepper

    drpepper Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2009
    Columbia, Maryland
    Thanks. There won't be anything but a basic connection. But that's good, because I can't seem to find a 2 pole with screw terminals.
  3. 2 pole are not used much anymore. A 2 pole speaker lead will work in a 4 pole connector, but a 4 pole lead will not work in the 2 pole. :)
  4. Gizmot

    Gizmot Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2009
    Nashville area
    Make certain and use good wire too.
  5. drpepper

    drpepper Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2009
    Columbia, Maryland
  6. BassmanPaul

    BassmanPaul Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2007
    Toronto Ontario Canada
    You will also need to enlarge the hole to 15/16". I bought such a drill surprisingly cheaply special order via Home Despot.

    A properly made solder joint will last the life of the cabinet. A screw connection can vibrate loose and cause problems down the road. Get yourself a cheap soldering iron and practice with gash pieces of wire. It is really easy to do.
  7. wcriley


    Apr 5, 2010
    Western PA
    I'm starting to think that crimp-on connectors are best for speaker jacks.
    More secure than screws, but still easily removed.
    Require less "skill" than soldering.
    But a proper crimping tool is more expensive than a soldering iron.
  8. Yes I am getting in the habit of checking my speakon ends evry year or two.

    Good crimping tool is a must and can be used for so many projects. The model I have is not cheap, has 5 anvil sets and won't release until the crimp is complete. We have all seen the aftermath of poor crimps. But have also seen failures of poor mechanical connection on solder joints and poorly executed screw connections? IME good soldering or good mechanical crimps are more stable than screw clamping of wires.
    So use what works for you best?