Cinching ends were never made to be used with RCA connectors. I agree RCA is not the best, but not based on using a non standard connector, that causes the issue itself.Can't say the same. I've been tinkering with gear for 40 years. It happens, but as you say, not to xlr even under the most extreme situations. RCA's are varying sizes and robustness- especially on vintage gear. I've had cinching cables bend weak ones. Recent convert to xlr, but it's clearly a far superior connection. Good to see it on even inexpensive gear these days as a service to the unwashed masses you speak of that are unable to properly effectuate the rca format .