Terminate This: Bare Wire vs Connectors

Called a local dealer to inquire about the types of “High Performance” spades they stock. Their reply: “Why do you want to terminate your speaker wire, when bare wire is the best means of transferring the signal?” I’ve heard this before. I can’t remember why I started using spades in the first place. Perhaps I felt that because whatever the heck Rhodium was it sounded exotic enough to be the next best thing in signal transfer. Was it to prevent oxidation? Anyway, what say the Agon community – bare wire or connectors, why and why not??
I agree with Thorman. Bare wire with tinned ends should be superior than any spade or banana plug. No connector has to be superior to any connector.
Bare it is! I'm pretty sure the reason I started using spades was due to not wanting to deal with oxidation. Regarding tinning, I was going to get some silver to tin the ends, but I was also told that tinning with any type solder would decrease surface area conductivity. You see, you just can't have the old proverbial cake and eat it too.
IMO bare wire sounds the best as well. I use some silver-bearing solder and tinn only the very ends of the cables. I want the copper (Untinned) on the binding post.
Pick your poison, no one can hear the difference anyway. For the record, I like banana plugs.
Spades, bare wire oxidizes and will weaken and break when clamped and unclamped in a binding post. Tinned wire will solve these issues but its actually contact area is very small in comparison with a spade.
I use bare copper cable and once a year trim off and restrip about 1 inch to deal with oxidisation.
The cables gradually get shorter, but there's my excuse to upgrade every few years!
I'd use some type of connectors so they stay put. BTW Rhodium is $9,850 per ounce today, and was only $4,000 per ounce 2 years ago! It is usually mixed 80% platinum 20% Rhodium so you will not have problems with oxidation.
How is there a difference between the oxidization of bare wire opposed to oxidization of bare wire in a termination? Most terminations are NOT air tight, so how is this different?

Furthermore, how do you reduce surface contact area by tinning?