Rega Brio(integrated amp) and banana plugs....

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by frimleygreener, Jun 29, 2020 at 5:29 AM.

  1. frimleygreener

    frimleygreener "It 'a'int why...it just is" Thread Starter

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    I s anybody aware of what "size" plugs should be used with this amp? All the ones I have tried to date only part insert(have not tried to "force" in case of potential damage)...could it be that I am the throes of yet another senior moment and there are perhaps cunningly hidden binder post caps?
     
  2. evo777

    evo777 Forum Resident

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    Hi I`ve not heard or read anything suggesting that the Brio or the Brio r do accept "standard size" rca plugs or speaker banana plugs.
    Here`s a link that may or may not help(Complete Guide to Banana Test Plugs | Warwick Test Supplies) if it doesn`t here`s Rega u.k.`s contact number:01702 333071,they`ll help sort you right out.
    Good luck.
     
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  3. fully_articulated

    fully_articulated Forum Resident

    What style of banana plugs have you tried? I'm not sure all kinds insert all the way. My BFA type plugs certainly don't.
     
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  4. KT88

    KT88 Forum Resident

    I find that banana plugs that have true spring contacts and insulated barrels are best for any application.
    They look like this:
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    This sort of plug will have its metal portion insert almost fully and leave exposed only the well insulated barrels. That's really important for speaker connections as a metal to metal contact between positive and negative barrels at either the amp end or the speaker can destroy an amplifier. I am appalled by the makers of and the use of banana plugs and especially adapters, ie screw-on ends, with metal barrels. Those are accidents waiting to happen.

    The type that I have pictured, and there are many brands so that bit isn't so important, provide a fully insulated connection when the speaker wire is inserted so that its insulated jacket is fully inside the banana barrel jacket. Once the metal contacts are inserted into the banana socket, the only thing left exposed is all vinyl insulated. This spring type will likely last your lifetime and holds firmly in place, yet is very easy to insert. I use this type system all over the shop. Quality matters in materials for the wire and the connector, and in the execution of the termination, but you don't need absurdly expensive stuff.

    As others indicate, there are various other styles that have longer contact pins and so will not fully insert into many sockets. As long as the spring is fully engaged so that the plug will not fall out on its own weight or with a ridiculously small amount of force, then it should provide enough tension to stay put as long as you want it there, even if the full metal pin portion cannot be fully inserted.
    -Bill
     
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  5. frimleygreener

    frimleygreener "It 'a'int why...it just is" Thread Starter

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    Bill: I am using the "spring" type of plugs...but I would say the plug only enters up to about halfway up the spring leaving the rest exposed. Perhaps I need more muscle to force them home? Wary about doing so,but perhaps fortune favours the brave!
     
  6. KT88

    KT88 Forum Resident

    Well, they should stop rather solidly when fully inserted, no matter the style, so a decent push is in order. Once tight, it really won't matter how deep they are set, it's the spring tension that holds them in place. Half way doesn't sound proper though. She deserves better.
    -Bill
     
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  7. seikosha

    seikosha Forum Resident

    Yeah, I have a BrioR and can confirm that banana plugs don't go in as far into the connectors as I'm used to seeing with other amps. They do go in far enough to establish a firm connection and that's what's important. Don't try pushing them in hard. That could turn out bad.
     
  8. Bert Oz

    Bert Oz Well-Known Member

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    Just checked my Rega Elex-R. My banana plugs only go in about 3/4 of the way. Connection is very secure though.
     
  9. fried

    fried Forum Resident

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    Same here.
     
  10. frimleygreener

    frimleygreener "It 'a'int why...it just is" Thread Starter

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    Ah well. Not alone then. Perhaps Rega prefer the John Mayall method.
     
  11. Art K

    Art K Forum Resident

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    I used the same bananas with my Brio as with any other amp.
     
  12. frimleygreener

    frimleygreener "It 'a'int why...it just is" Thread Starter

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    And did you have to use "undue" force to fully insert them? If not,and returning to my opening post, is the Brio dependent upon a specific size of plug?
     

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