The thing most people aren't aware of is that from an electrical point of view, the design of HDMI cables is vastly inferior to Component cables.
HDMI is more convenient (a single cable carrying everything), and Hollywood loves HDMI because it allows it them to copy protect their content, but it's a step backwards for the consumer.
Component cables are properly grounded and capable of very long runs without any problems.
HDMI cables on the other hand are typically equivalent to what's known as "twisted-pair"... very crappy shielding, and very prone to what is known as "digital cliff syndrome" (because it is digital, if enough information is lost due to resistance or interference, the picture cannot be assembled, and falls over "the cliff"). Many people trying to do long HDMI runs from a component closet to a projector find they start having problems arouns 20-30ft.
What badasp and hambo described recently sounds like it could kinda be "digital cliff", either from an HDMI perspective, or a from purely a digital info perspective (either the handshaking is getting corrupt, or just critical picture information.)
As for your installer bundling everything together neatly, any good installer would (hopefully) know not to bundle power cables with cables carrying signal/data.
It's just like in the music world... you don't run your mic or guitar cables parallel to power cables or else they're lying within the electromagnetic field and you'll get hum.
Originally Posted by binx77
This makes a lot of sense to me. Given the numerous variables for the drop-out problems (and the wide variety of hardware) reported by the members here, I'd bet it's near impossible for LG to isolate a single cause that can be tied to the BH200 itself.
I, for example, have experienced only a single drop-out of the video variety, with HD DVDs (on Bourne Ultimatum
). With BDs, a video drop -- usually just one -- occurs during every playback; the only variable is when during the film it happens. I've never had an audio drop-out (knock wood).
Like stpat I have the Onk705, but I have an LG display, which seems to be just the unwitting receiver of the signal glitches that cause these problems. My system was installed by a professional who ran all the cabling behind the walls and bundled the exposed portions neatly together (as any good installer would!), so I may have a tough time separating the HDMI cable from the others to test this theory...but I am going to give it a try. Seriously, it's the most cogent theory on why this is happening that I've read to date. Thanks, stpat, for the info. I hope others test your theory and report favorably on the results.