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For years, cable companies have touted gold-plated this and oxygen-free that. There are two different aspects to consider with these marketing-based claims.
The first is the cable itself. All cables (with the exception of optical) have the sole purpose of transmitting an electrical signal. Ideally, this is done perfectly, without error or modification. That's impossible, but the difference in performance between cables is minimal.