If, like me, you are ALWAYS swapping speakers around, you have no-doubt
grown tired of constantly soldering and re-soldering the connections. Properly done, a solder connection is an
awesome thing, but man, what a pain! The
fumes, the hassle, ugg. Not to mention that most speaker companies will only
accept a speaker return if the lugs have not been soldered on.
And so it is that I have begun to put lug connectors (female spade
disconnects) on all my amps & cabinets that don’t already have them. There seems to be a bit of confusion on just
what size the connectors should ideally be.
I aim to put an end to that confusion once and for all.
The most common size available at your local auto parts or hardware store is
.250" (1/4"), and so many folks use them; but the spade (male) on almost all
speakers is .187", and so a .250 mate ends up being quite loosy-goosy ... not a
good thing. But wait! That does NOT mean
that .187 is the proper size, either. If
you choose the .187 size, you will be working like mad to get those buggers on
and off; more than a few speaker terminals have been broken off as a result ...
also not good. So, the definitive
answer: choose .205". This size will be tight, but not so tight as
to make getting them on and off a battle.
A final word, I’d recommend soldering the wires in the disconnects, not