Originally Posted by SAM64
Sounds like they made it up on the spot.
Are you sure? I get audio drop-outs at times with my current HT setup that includes three devices hooked up to a Sony AVR (Comcast HD Cable STB, PS3, and Xbox 360) and the AVR is connected to a Samsung LED-LCD. I'm currently using high-speed hdmi cables that are much thinner than 24 AWG (probably 28 AWG).
Also, it seems the audio drop-outs/skips happen more in "Bitstream" mode on my slim PS3 than in "Linear PCM" mode while setting the Cable STB to "Pass Through" fares better than "Auto" mode.
I'll be getting RedMere HDMI cables soon to replace the existing ones since I've tried 24 AWG cables and those were too heavy and rigid and actually caused more audio drop-outs and the occasional video drop-out too (probably due to the cables being bent too much and the connections moving in the ports due too the heavy weight of the cable and the rigidness causing the cable to pull on the connectors/ports at an angle).
Monoprice told me the following in a chat with tech support:
TS - Daniel : in regards to your question, the 28awg cable isn't recommended to be used with receivers
TS - Daniel : we'd recommend either 24awg hdmi or redmere cables
me: I'm actually using these right now (http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp
me: but there are too heavy and rigid for my setup
me: and the picture and audio cuts out every now and then
me: and it seems to pull at the connectors on my A/V devices
me: at an angle
TS - Daniel : if the weight is an issue, then we would recommend the redmere cables.
TS - Daniel : http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp
me: what are redmere cables?
TS - Daniel : all the power of the 24awg, but with the lightness of the 28awg.
TS - Daniel : RedMere cables have a small chip in the HDMI connector, which boosts the performance of
the cable. The significant factor about RedMere cables is that they break the rules above about cable gauge
(AWG) and maximum lengths. RedMere cables can be much thinner than normal HDMI C ables and can reliably
handle High Speed (10.2 Gbps) signals to much greater lengths. HDMI C ables with RedMere chips can handle
full High Speed 10.2 Gbps signals to a maximum of 20 meters (65 feet)