well, about 6 months have gone by, so here's my update. after i got my bluray back from sony, i have everything install using new hdmi cables and new surge protectors with coax protection. i re-routed all of the cables to avoid any possible interference. the first few days seemed to be ok but within the first 2 weeks, i had to unplug everything - 3 times - and let them sit for a while. since then, i have not had any problems with the hdmi ports, but i've noticed that the system takes longer to start up ..... meaning from power up to visible display. within the last 3-4 months, i've noticed that voices are not matching lip movement. now, if i change the channel and then back to the previous channel, then it's fine for a short while. also, if i watch something on "on demand" there are no issues... kinda strange. seems as though there may be a lag in the signal getting through the cable..??