Is there a difference in between gold-plated and platinum-plated S-VIDEO cables?

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  1. Don Black

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    I've been looking at all of the S-VIDEO cables I've collected through the years and realize that most of them are metallic/platinum plated. One though, is gold plated. My question is whether or not the gold equates into a significantly better video signal?
     
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    quote: Is there a difference in between gold-plated and platinum-plated S-VIDEO cables?[/quote]
    Yes. Price!
    quote: …most of them are metallic/platinum plated. [/quote]
    They probably are nickel plated, not platinum. Gold doesn't necessarily give a better picture. It is more resistant to corrosion, which can make a difference in picture quality.
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    Wayne A. Pflughaupt
    [Edited last by Wayne A. Pflughaupt on July 28, 2001 at 05:30 PM]
     
  3. Todd Hochard

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    Gold will provide a more conductive surface over the long run, simply because it does not oxidize.
    Like Wayne said, the silver-colored ones are probably nickel, not platinum. The best conductors are:
    1. Silver
    2. Copper
    3. Gold
    in that order. Gold is the only one of the three that won't oxidize over time.
    Todd
     
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    so long as the connection is solid, no difference. if you keep removing the gold connector over and over, gold, being soft, will wear. repeat...no difference in signal.
     

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