Sorry if this gets posted twice, but my first posting didnt show up, so I'm not sure it went through. I got some free monster speaker cable when I bought my speakers.(Pair with premade clips, and a cable with a pack of screw on gold plated woven something at the end for center channel) Anyway I broke the rod that was on the end of the prepackaged stuff trying to screw them on to the reciever binding posts which are a little too close together for comfort. So I was screwing on the ends for the center channel speaker and liked how they worked, and I was going to get those to replace the broken ones. When I took the broken ends off, it was a metal rod clamped to the bare wire with a rubber cover that slides over it all to make it look pretty. So I went to the store, and I was going to get the bannana's since they have a fatter end, and I figured they'd have better contact, but then I noticed that they screw on too. So I'm thinking with ends, the signal goes from the amp, through the binding post, through a clamped on end, through the wire, through another end, and to the speaker binding post. It doesnt make sense to me that that has less signal loss than going amp, post, wire, post, speaker. Also if the end is hard, the area of contact is small, where if you just use bare ends in a screw post, the area of contact is larger since it all gets spread from the pressure of the screw, which is what is happening when you use screw on ends anyway. So what is the advantage of using ends over just using wire with exposed ends? Please forgive my ignorance. I am not trying to start a flame thing, but I just dont quite understand what you gain with using speaker cable ends, when some of them are quite expensive.