@BuckoA51 – Good to know, thanks!
@nmalinoski – Yeah, I think you might be right. Had a buddy come over and bring his OG Xbox component cable (which looks identical to mine) and there’s a big difference. He appears to have gotten lucky with whichever seller of unbranded cables he got his from! I’ll drop RGC a line and see if they’d be interested in putting together a component cable (while also keeping one eye out for a Monster cable that isn’t $80, just in case!)
Thanks for your help!