Would appreciate any ideas and workarounds for audio dropouts with DishTV. I picked up a BDP-105 to take advantage of its XLR audio outs and ability to replace an outdated Linn surround processor in a small system. On paper, it seems perfect, and I really like the audio quality coming out of the XLR's. But we spend time watching basic TV from our DishTV receiver/recorder, and the audio dropout is very distracting.
From what I can tell, anytime the TV program content makes a change, for example from a show to a commercial, from commercial to commercial, or commercial back to show, the audio goes silent for 1-2 seconds (video remains normal). Since the DishTV receiver is a recorder, I can duplicate the issue by "backspacing" any program - always video remains perfect and audio drops out.
BDP-105 is 2 weeks old, and has the latest firmware downloaded and installed. So I asked OPPO support about the issue. They responded that any break in audio creates a new HDMI handshake, and that is the root cause, so no resolution. So I tried searching here and elsewhere on this issue, and it does seem like the handshake issue is a problem, but it seems completely random. Some people have it, some do not, with the same equipment, some equipment seems more prone to it than others, some blame on HDMI cables (I am using 6' HDMI from the OPPO box), OPPO seems to have problems with the issue based on posts here. I also tried the suggested remedy of sequencing which unit is turned on first (TV), second (105), and last (DishTV Rx).
What I don't get is if this is an HDMI handshake, why doesn't the video pause, or blank out during the handshake? Do HDMI handshakes actually occur every time audio changes?
I remember similar problems with SPDIF when it was first introduced - when audio was lost or went to a quiet state, decoding software would start the audio sync search over, and that lead to audio dropout at the beginning of every song on a CD or chapter in a DVD (for example). Problem solved by firmware updates remembering sync and having longer timeouts......of course this is a best guess as what actually happened, most vendors will not clearly say why, which is fine, as long as our stuff works!
Again, appreciate any insight. OPPO doesn't have an answer. HDMI handshake seems unlikely as video stays rock solid. What next?