After spending thousands of dollars on a Home Theater setup, which includes a LCOS projection, plasma, LCD, power amps, AV receivers, DVD, DVR, power conditioning and thousands on audio/video cables, I discovered an inconsistency in cable connections and equipment connections.I used Monster Cable THX cables with their turbine gold RCA connectors. With the many connections on the rear of amps, receivers and other equipment the FIT between connectors wasted more time than I care to mention.
Connecting to Component Video inputs on the plasma using the Monster RCA turbine connectors was incredibly tight; so tight they actually flexed the mounting board, and I was concerned that I was going to damage the board. I tried other high-end cables and had the same problems.On the back of the A/V Receiver, so many connections were required that some of the turbine pins actually broke off due to the stress. Since I have used CAIG products over the years, I contacted them (www.caig.com) to see if they had a product for this challenge.
Their customer service techs are extremely helpful and knowledgeable, and they explained that my situation is a common problem. They advised me to apply DeoxIT® GOLD to the connectors, and that would allow them to fit like a glove (reducing insertion resistance) and also improve the definition and dynamic range of the system – and keep it that way.
I ordered some DeoxIT® GOLD, and not only did the RCA connectors slide on like butter, I could actually hear a difference. I was also getting a bit of noise on the video when watching cable programming, so I applied DeoxIT® to the main input from the cable company, and the picture became crisp and absolutely perfect – I could not believe the difference!