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What type of speaker cable do I need?

I bought an old Sony record player with an amplifier built-in from ebay, and I can't figure out how to connect speakers or what type of speaker cables I need. There are no clips for speaker wire, and the jacks that are on the back for speaker cables are too small for a 1/4'' male end. I have searched google for days, and am my wit's end. What kind of cable do I need?

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There are 1/8 inch jacks, and quick connect jacks also.

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