Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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When Cox installed my 5100, they brought the component cables (which were actually a 5-cable bundle, having included 2 audio cables to go straight to your TV) and a seperate optical cable for 5.1. But the tech has to pick all the stuff up in the morning, so if they are not practiced on these installs, they may forget the cables (try to remind them before if you've got an install scheduled).
Overall, performance is pretty good. The only oddity I noticed is that the SD still looks better through the standard cable running through the 5100 instead of going through the component cables - so I switch inputs on my TV. However, this may very well be a function of my TV.
But the HD material is dangerously mesmerizing. I tend to forget what I'm watching and just stare at the picture.