Rated 1.8 out of 5 by 72
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Joe Garbage!
These banana plugs are complete garbage. Do not waste you money in them. I couldn't even get the phillips head screw to secure 16 gauge stranded speaker wire. Had to throw them away!
June 29, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by DVDmike Terrible- worthless
No instructions. Tiny screw is not large enough to hold wire. But if the hole was deeper where you put the wire, it might be strong enough. Don't be fooled by the large hole you can see in the packaging. It serves no purpose. You might think it's suitable for 12 gauge wire based on that hole. It is not. But it won't even hold 16 gauge wire.
DO NOT BIY THIS PRODUCT. I cannot see how it ever got to manufacturing. I have a lot of experience with a variety of banana plugs and these are worst by far!
The only positive is the post that inserts into your speaker or amp. It's design is sold and it stats put once inserted. But that is useless when your wire falls out.
May 3, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by jimc222 Doing the job
Not as sturdy as I would like them to be, as my last connectors were in place for over 30 years but only the test of time will tell.
June 1, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by BazingaWill Cheap, flimsy, and impossible to secure to wire
No instructions in package and no guidance on homedepot website
April 24, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by HDShopper Bad product
Bought 24 of these to make hooking up all the speakers on my new stereo easier. The design of this product is extremely poor. A small screw is supposed to hold the speaker wire in the banana plug, but the place where you insert the speaker wire is so shallow you can barely get the screw to tighten on any of the wire. I thought I was doing something wrong so searched the web and ended up here. Apparently, others have a similar complaint. Don't buy or you will be disappointed.
March 20, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by eatapc worst on the market
The hole for feeding the wire through is sealed off right at the tightening screw, so only a tiny piece of wire makes contact with the screw. The connection is not reliable.
June 28, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by PicoDeGallo OK quality. Here is how I installed them.
The reviews for the CE Tech banana plugs from Home Depot were decidedly mixed but I went ahead and bought a pack of ten (five plug pairs, perfect for my 5.1 speaker system less the subwoofer, which takes a separate special cable). Because of the reviews, I knew I was in for a little work. Here's what I did:
Working one wire at a time, I stripped about three-eighths inch of insulation from the end of my speaker wire then tinned the wire with my soldering gun. When cool, I trimmed back the exposed tinned wire to about one-eighth inch. Looking in the wire end of the plug, I loosened the set screw until the wire would fit, slipped the tinned wire into the plug, and tightened the screw. The screw and plastic plug cover do not need to be removed; the set screw holds the cover in place when the plug is slipped over the wire. Also, you don’t want to drop that tiny screw.
You need a wire stripper, wire cutter, soldering gun or iron with solder, and a small Philips screwdriver -- I used a #0 -- to make this work. After you do the first plug, it is easy to move along and finish the other wires. Since I was changing over from Monster Cable angled pin plugs (they were horrible) to banana plugs on existing speaker wires, I worked on one wire in each pair at a time so I didn't make a mistake with the polarity.
The CE Tech banana plugs are not the greatest quality but they were in stock in my local Home Depot and I didn't have to order them and wait for delivery by mail. Radio Shack lists banana plugs on the website but the are solder-only (no set screw) and were not in stock at my local store. Its a shame: Radio Shack used to be great for basic electronic items like this.
May 18, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by RonJohnsonAudioConsultnt Terrible design - avoid this product!
As others have noted here, the design leaves very little room for the wire to seat, and the set screw does a poor job of holding the wire in place. The "see through" hole provides no functionality whatsoever. Avoid!
January 10, 2016