As funny as it may seem coming from me , The amount of better detail from a better made component video cable is in question.
I have 3 sources that require component video cable for best possible video quality.
1) Pioneer Elite Dv47a
2) Mitsubishi HD500 Dss receiver
3) XboX game system.
I have had Monster M500 and M1000 , Transparent , rg6qw which I terminated in F to RCA and RG59SD terminated in Liberity RCA compression ends.
I would love to have all my cables again but I sold them. For the money which is something I don't allow to stand in the way of better performance with in my budget , I'm not really feeling spending hundreds of dollars on component cable when I can make my own.
I have found that RG6 vs rg59 , the 59 seems to have a very slighty better picture. I was extremely had to tell but after awhile staring at HDTV , I could see just a bit more detail. I can build Component video cables out of Liberity rg59sd for under 50 bucks. The way they perform exceed the very best video cables I have used in Price to performance. Very little gain I have seen using Transparent and Monster. Those companies seem to make incredible quality cables but are very expensive.I'm not sure if it's worth the extra cost.
I'm also wondering if my feelings are caused by my lack of video perfection. Audio I would stop at nothing to find the best cables for my given system , video I'm less willing.
How many peope have done video cable shootouts? What have you tried and what was the results?
I own a Sony 46" tabletop CRT rear projection HDTV. It does have HDMI . As I have no source currently that has HDMI out , I'm waiting for the HDTV DSS TiVo price to come down a bit , then I will go with a HDMI connection. In my experience , again not a great difference but noticable if you study the picture. Those cables are not a s much as Component cable so I might be more willing to try a higher quality cable. May are now making higher end cables.
Going from 36 inch Sony XBR non HD tv to a Sony 46 inch HDTV , component video became more Important to me. On the 36 I saw hardly no gain over composite or S video for DVD. Now on the 46 , I can see a huge difference due to component and Progressive.