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Good evening Gentlemen, and any ladies that may be here too. This is my first post on the forum, however, I have been a long time lurker. I have been visiting this thread off and on from the start with great interest. I have finally received my A35 on Friday and I am sooo excited to have it! I finally stopped worrying and learned to love both formats. Like a lot of you, I keep up to date regularly about the world of Hi-Def so I don't have the anxiety about which format will win or lose. As long as I get great hi-def pics and sound. I would like to share some of my findings with the group too.
I too experienced the strange shifting between 48khz and 96khz. However, something very interesting to note is a DTS HD MA sampler HD DVD that someone else mentioned a couple of pages back that has a track on it that is in both 7.1 and in 96khz! Confirmed by checking the signal status on my Denon 3808Ci. It said fS 96khz and showed 3/4/.1 vs. 3/2/.1 Everything else was sampled at 48khz and in 3/2/.1 (even though one other track said it was supposed to be 7.1, it wasn't). This was done with SPDIF in both Bitstream and PCM along with HDMI set to Auto and Digital Direct set to ON. I remember someone else saying here that the current crop of HD DVD's are at 48khz and I would have to second this based on the fact that the A35 will output 96khz regardless of what SPDIF is set to. Hope that is helpful.
Now the dark side
Like several have started reporting (i.e. Marine, Chris0, et al) I too have experienced audio drop outs. I immediately updated the firmware right out of the box so I have Zero experience with the A35 in FW1.0 The update went smoothly via ethernet and took about 20 minutes total to update (though my DSL is not the fastest out there). This happened while I was watching Transformers with my family. My wife even asked if there was something wrong with the sound. The dropouts were split second quick, just enough to know something is wrong, and they would happen every couple to few minutes. Seemed to be dependent on how much action there was going on the screen. My audio finally went dead when the human arrive at Hoover Dam while Optimus is giving his narration about why we are worthy of being saved. I stopped playback and started back up, jumped to the scene and had sound again, but still with dropouts. After that movie was over, I tried The Matrix with Dolby THD. I didn't watch it the entire way through but I did several long scenes in a row and didn't hear any dropouts. Sounds to be pretty consistant with what others are saying in that it may be a problem with DD+ tracks. Will have to experiment more when I have more time. Oh, I did try Transformers in PCM also and had no dropouts there either. The DTS HD MA sampler also had no dropouts. Curious.
Sorry that was really long winded for a first post, but I wanted to help confirm what others are having trouble with and let you know you are not alone. Hope I can be a useful member to this discussion. If anyone would like me to experiment using the Denon let me know. These problems definately are not limited to those using the Onkyo's. Thanks for listening.
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