The shrink wrap helps keep 'standard' terminals (i.e., not the airlocs) as airtight as possible, and that in turn slows down the oxydisation process that happens to exposed copper (i.e., the speaker cable wire!). Oxydisation is bad because it means you will get a 'dirty' connection and possible signal degregation. The alternative is to make sure your cables are too long, then once a year or so cut the ends back and inch or so to clean wire and re-fit whatever terminals you use(if any).
As to the advice to get cheap terminals from ebay - DON'T! Many of them (partticular the 'Nakamachi') plugs are from China rather than Japan (even from UK sellers - as I found to my cost), and the problem with these cheap fakes is that they are often not actually brass (good conductor) based - eg, mine stuck very easily to a magnet, indicating that they were iron based (and iron is apoor signal conductor compared to copper/brass).
So I then got the QED screw-locs instead (decent price and good service from Lancashire-based Audiovisual online) - and no, they didn't stick to a magnet!
Do you use the shrink wrap yourself with the QED Screwlocs. I suppose the other option would be to wind some insulation tape round the back of the plug to seal it which can be removed later if required.
Thanks for your comments, I think I will probably use the twin screw srewlocs.
Definately not Airlocs
nakamichi banana gold plugs can be bought on ebay 8 of them for 7.99 delivered,or 9.99 incl. heath sinks..these are the 2 screw ones..pretty good and a great value..
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Yes they can, but I bet they are Chinese made fakes and stick to a magnet!
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p.s. and no,they don't stick to a magnet,so sleep well captain duff
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