Is it the Cables or isit the plugs?
Was pondering this the other day.
You can wire your speakers up to some amps, not all, by just srewing them down under or through the binding posts.
Or you can fit banana plugs from a myriad of sources.
These can be crimped, grubscrewed or soldered.
You spend hundreds on upmarket speaker cables.
Set aside whether "brand X" at a gazillion quid a centimetre is any better or worse than "brand Y" at a gazillion and one quid a centimetre.
Set aside whether you use el-cheapo grubscrew banana plugs from some shyster on "a popular we auction site" or whether you use hermetically sealed 6-N pure unobtainium solid-phase welded, heat treated in unicorn pee, items at a brazillion a plug.
What's the influence of the plugs and how they're attached?
What's the point of spending all that money on cables (and / or plugs) when you're basically relying on a friction metal-to-metal connection at either end anyway?
And then your wife gets out her Kylie CD (or worse)...
Okay, let the debate begin.