I'll tell you what, though, spades are a pain in the butt. Although I would agree wholeheartedly with all of the above comments, I sometimes find myself longing for the convenience of bananna plugs nonetheless. However, being that I've got speakers with the binding posts on the bottom, they simply won't take bananas. Hence, my decision was made for me. (I assume you've got gear that will take either, but it may be worth at least consideraing that there are some speakers out there, Thiels for one, that will only take spades 'cause the designer has seen fit to put the posts on the underbelly). Ok, so my two cents aren't worth much, but there it is.