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Banana plugs are only for convenience if you intend to plug and unplug the cables frequently. Some folks also like to use them to help connect thick wires to tight binding posts, such as the ones found on most AVRs (that I've seen). But even then, all you need to do is use cables with stranded wires and trim off all the strands that won't fit--this will not audibly affect sound quality because the reduction in the size of the wire is only over an extremely short distance, and in fact this probably performs better--purely in an academic sense--than going through a banana plug anyway (nothing to worry about--just do whatever works best for you).