QUOTE(dinzy @ Jan 5 2007, 11:44 AM)
No shit. Terrible omission on their part. My Tv has 3 component inputs. These cables could help a lot.
And I fail to see how these could not perform well. As long as they are shielded they will be adequate. I don't know why people think they need to waste money on thick as honking cables to run a signal 6-10 ft. These must be the same a_holes that blow 100+ bucks on cables at Best Buy. And I don't know what's worse in that situation. Is it the a_holes selling those cables or the moron buying them? I guess it's the former because the latter doesn't know any better. FFS it's not like the signal is going to degrade over 10 feet of copper or that you have a cell phone tower behind your frickin' tv
While gold plating in and of itself does not a good cable make, as a general rule, cables with a gold plated connector tend to be of a higher quality, thus the general misconception that gold plated connector = moer bettar. However, given a high grade high quality well shielded cabling going in between the connectors, gold plating WILL provide a more solid connection than plain steel or aluminum. So would copper actually, but the reason they don't simply do copper plating is for two reasons, the first being function, the second being marketing: copper has a much higher rate of tarnish, and gold looks more pretty and sounds better.
Generally, it is the quality of the internal cable+shielding that makes the difference. And there is a HUGE difference visually between my original MS HD Component AV box+cables, and my Monster Xbox HD Component Cable. It is like night and day when switching between the two quality wise.