What is the best kind of wire termination? A friend of mine who sold me a entry-level cable (Synergistic) which, BTW, sounds great for the price I paid, suggests simply bare wire into the terminals. Is this preferred over spades or bananas or other types of terminations?
The Nordost Z-Plug is the best. It fits into a 4mm banana jack and gives 360 degrees contact area, far more than any other banana or spade. No springs or leafs to wear out. Audioquest also has a similar plug. Hope this will help.
Just one other aspect to think about, spades and bananas are usually gold plated and your terminals probably the the same. You always want two metals that are the same to be in contact with each other. Copper cables are better with gold palted spades or bananas over time for this reason.
I also have used Nordost Z-Plugs and BFA bananas and prefer them over standard bananas. I have heard that the Eichmann Bayonet Plug is suppose to be the best banana plug available. Any opinions or comments from people having experience with these plugs?