Hi, Before, i had my setup like so: Xbox -HDMI-> TV TV -Optical ->Amp This, is seems, was awful for surround sound. I only really noticed when playing Forza, but the rear speakers were very quiet and i think something to do with it going through my TV meant it was only 2.0 (not 5.1) and my amp was trying to work out the rest. The problem is i have an old box, and you can only have the optical if you are using component. To cut a long story short (well, shorter), i already knew this and i have already ripped the case off the cable in question, so you can plug in an HDMI and the chunky A/V cable, so you can use both HDMI and Optical. So I set it up again, but now the HDMI wont work? so i just gave up and plugged in the component. So now my setup looks like: Xbox -Component-> TV Xbox -Optical ->Amp. Whoop whoop. i have 5.1 back! and through the settings on the 'Box i can set the video as 1080p?! So - Q1 - im sure doing this before meant i could use the HDMI as well. Any reason why this isnt working? its very tight back there, so maybe i need a thinner HDMI cable and its not in properly. Q2 - am i right in thinking there is a ready made cable that does this? came with the Elite? Q3 - Is component any worse than HDMI for just carrying video? i assumed it was, but if it can do 1080p, whats the difference?