I disagree, I dont't know if bare wire vs. banana plugs make any difference in sound quality, because a good connection is still a good connection. What you get with the convinience of the Banana plugs and the ability to keep bare wire out of reach so that they don't cross however makes the banana plugs much better.
Have you tried to shove in 14 gauge wires bare wires into the back of most receivers?
I don't dispute the usefulness of nanners, but if someone is just going to plug them in once and leave them, bare wire is cheaper (sometimes by quite a bit), and still is still the superior connection (whether you can hear it or not).
As for crossing the positive and negative wires, do you think Shahrukh is an idiot? In years of using bare wire, and knowing plenty of other people who use bare wire, I have never heard once of someone doing that.
As for the receivers ability to receive bare wire, I suppose it depends on the receiver, but I havn't had a problem with that either.
Die, why do you say commoning is a waste? I only wanna use the terminations at the receiver end (it's true, shoving in two wires is a problem). As for the speakers they'll continue to be bare, my only worry being oxidation. I have some cheap nanners at home but the QED guys insist I go in for their special "airlock" plugs. Was a lil confused.
QED airlock plugs are generally a good idea - prevents oxidisation. Though if you want to have two cables going into the banana plug then they are going to have a difficult job making the seal airtight. May be better to use the bananas which you have, but leave enough spare cable to allow chopping off the oxidised bit every so often.