Nearly lost it all
I was trying to plug my PDP-5080 Plasma (while it was turned on) into a faulty extension cord (that was plugged into a surge protector/power bar),
and zapped a power surge through all my HDMI devices.
The surge must have traveled through a daisy-chain of HDMI cables.
and even though it threw a breaker, not everything was affected that was plugged into the power bar.
I've traced the path of destruction to my HDMI cable connections.
Components that were turned on at the time and affected in the blast:
1 HDMI port on my PDP-5080 plasma (still has 3 good ones)
1 HDMI input port on my Yamaha RX-V1800 AVR (still has 3 good ones)
1 HDMI input port on my new Epson 1080UB front projector (still has 1 good one)
1 HDMI 4x2 powered splitter/switcher (Monoprice) flickers but wont HDCP anymore.
1 PS3 60gig (Jan/07)
it powers up OK, lights up , but no video at all, not even through a composite connection.
I immediately took the PS3 upstairs to another TV and got no love
I had to grab a working SD DVD player from the Master Bedroom to check my other components
to find out what survived. That's when I discovered I still had several working HDMI ports on everything else. (Thank Goodness for extras!)
MY Toshiba HD-A2 and Motorola HD DVR STB were not powered up, (just standby mode)
so were not effected at all. Everything else was running when the zap happened.
I ruled out a power bar failure because it was not tripped,
plus the Epson 1080UB that got zapped, was on a totally different circuit.
only common denominator was the HDMI connection.
...and just last week I lost my XBOX360 to the RROD,
and was planning to get a new Elite.
(good thing I waited, or it would have been toasted too)
I've already picked up a new 80gig PS3,
but there's a lot of data I'd sure like to recover off the old one.