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I've been living with the DCH3416 for 6 months. Picture wise, I love it. I connect to my Optoma HD81-LV 1080p projector through an Integra 9.8 Controller. In order to get the best picture possible, I use inexpensive HDMI cabling from Monoprice. Like others, I have experienced lockups and arbitrary and unexplainable resolution changes at the output of the 3416. I also have experienced lockups when changing channels that vary in resolution value, i.e. 1080i to 480p to 720p. I am writing this because I feel I finally understand what I need to do keep my system working normally. It is surprisingly simple but it has taken me months of research and trials to get here.
To begin with, you must turn on your TV or projector and anyother devices in the HDMI stream. In my case, I set my controller to pass through all video to the projector. Even so, the projector and controller must be on before you decide what resolution you wish to send out from the 3416. I chose 1080i and I left the Override Off. I will provide a step by step procedure because having a successful outcome with HDMI cabling, requires it.
1. To begin, every device in the HDMI chain must be either "off" or on "standby."
2. Turn on all the devices downstream of the 3416.
3. Turn on the 3416, turn it off and immediately push the red "MENU" button on the right of the remote.
4. Set the items to "16x9", 1080i or 720p as required for your display device, Override to "OFF".
5. Return to "standby" by hitting the "Power" button on the remote.
6. Hit the same "power" button again. (You should see the resolution you selected in the white light on the 3416 display.)
7. Your TV should be displaying a picture.
8. When you change channels, there should be no delay or dropouts.
9. DO NOT place the 3416 on "standby" ever again. If you do, you will have to repeat steps 1-8.
I know, its too easy. Try it. You will be amazed.