You are losing nothing if you go toslink. The signal stinks from the getgo from cable. That is why we have AVRs and ideally we would like to just run one cable. I have used toslink with Charter box for years now and can say it is every bit as good as the HDMI connection, well every bit as poor, but the end result is equally as good minus the handshake sputter crappy HDMI BS, oh don't get me started. Toslink can carry every bit the info that HDMI can from a cable signal so do not worry about that. The sad thing is we have to resort to that thanks to copyright crap. Honest people suffer. I find it disturbing the 818 suffers from this malady. I have an 809 and it does not have this problem with Charter though starting the system up takes way longer than I like. Hi, how are you? Good, who are you? It is me, the AVR and a TV. Oh, I am not so sure so I need to restart and verify who you are. Are you sure that is really you? You are not trying to steal copyright content are you? No, it is me. Well let me restart and try to verify that again. Ok, that looks to be you but I think I am going to cause a display restart just to make sure you are not stealing cable TV?????????