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Speakon vs. 1/4"

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by evalenzu, Oct 29, 2004.

  1. evalenzu

    evalenzu Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2004
    San Diego, CA
    What's the advantage of Speakon connectors vs. standard 1/4 " ends? Is it worth buying new cables or replacing the ends of my cables?
  2. BillyB_from_LZ

    BillyB_from_LZ Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2000
    Speakons provide a better connection for high power applications.

    How much power are you running?
  3. evalenzu

    evalenzu Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2004
    San Diego, CA
    I'm using an Eden Traveler 550 through a 210XLT.
  4. Speakons have positive locking so they can't be pulled out by accident. They also have wiping contacts so that they tend to be self-cleaning when used. They have a larger contact area which means, as someone else pointed out, they can handle larger currents. Some of my speaker cables have Speakons on each end, others have a Speakon on one end, and a ¼" TS on the other - by using a Speakon->Speakon barrel coupler, I can not only extend my Speakon cables, but I can extend the ¼" TS cables also.

    - Wil
  5. Benjamin Strange

    Benjamin Strange Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    New Orleans, LA
    Owner / Tech: Strange Guitarworks
    Bah! I don't buy that. Show me some specs and then we'll talk.

    I like 'em just because they lock in place.
  6. Eric Moesle

    Eric Moesle

    Sep 21, 2001
    Columbus OH
    There was a long thread on this exact issue a few months ago. Search for it and be enlightened . . . :cool: