Originally Posted by xradman
I looked at the Banana plug ends sold on Monoprice. It seems that since it is all metal, if it fell out of your speaker or receiver, it can easily short with other wires. Is this not a concern?
If you are concerned about a plug falling out, you can use locking plugs. Personally, in the tight confines behind a receiver, I find locking plugs to be a real pain in the ass. Not so much so at the speaker end of things. But, once they are in place, unless you fiddle a lot, you shouldn't have to fool around with them.
But, if you get decent banana plugs, and do not yank your equipment around, they shouldn't just fall out. Additionally, some plugs are more insulated than others. And as pointed out, you can take measures to insulate them yourself. Of course, there is no way to completely insulate a banana plug; the end will always be bare. But different plugs are more well-designed than others. I am fond of THESE
plugs. VERY simple to attach and because of their tapered design and the rubber grip ring, they are at least a bit more resistant to accidental shorting than some other designs.edit: LOL. Just noticed someone had already recommended the same exact plugs. So, there you go. Two recommendations of the same plugs.