AV equipment is pretty amazing. It is shipped all over the country, connected-unconnected continuously (unlike the cable monitor on your desktop that was connected once and then ignored for its life) and usually setup and used in fairly dark venues. With all of this use in harsh environments, I get to see some pretty spectacular uses and failures.
This poor cable has met the end of its life (although it was setup for me to connect one of my show computers too). And just like in “A Christmas Story,” this may be a scary power setup.
– Troy @ TLC