I know going component cable for video and optical for audio might fix some issues but lets not forget that we're in 2013, not 1970.
If you have issues with HDMI, fix the issues the right way. Cable box suck, try another cable box or get a TIVO to replace it. Got ground loop hum, put all your devices on the same circuit or use a 3 prong adapter.
I doubt any of us owners want to take one step forward with picture and sound and are willing to take one step backwards to get it to work. If that was the case, we wouldn't have bought a premium preamp.
Samsung 64F8500, Panasonic 65VT50, Oppo 95, Tivo Roamio for OTA, Dish VIP722, Marantz AV8801 preamp, Rotel Amps, Atlantic Tech 8200 speakers, Seaton Submersive HP, Calman 5, Chromapure, Accupel DVG-5000, VideoForge HDMI II, i1Display3pro, i1pro2, eecolor colorbox.