Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Spanish Fork, Utah USA
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Yes, I have noticed this as well.
I have the HD200 connected optically to a Sony STR-DA5ES receiver.
My experience is that it tends to vary depending on which OTA signal I'm tuned to. One particular channel, the local ABC affiliate, is horrid. Drop-outs occur every few seconds for several minutes, then they seem to stop. Another channel, the local PBS affiliate, has 2-3 drop-outs during the first 30 seconds after I tune to it, then never again.
Last night, during ER on NBC, I noticed these drop-outs occurring, the first time for NBC. After 2-3 minutes, they stopped.
Here's a curious fact...I replaced the DVD player in my system last night. It sits on the top of my stack; my wife insisted on watching the TV while I worked. I figured that with the amp tuned to the HD200, and the DVD power cable not plugged in I'd have no problems swapping the cables while several of the components deeper down in the stack were on. I've done things like this many times without incident. All went well as I unplugged the various cables from the older DVD. I set the new DVD player in place and began to plug in cables. The digital coax went in fine, as did the component video cables. However, as soon as I touched the housing on the analog audio cables with my hand, I heard an audio drop-out from the HD200. This made me curious...the HD200 is deep down in the stack and I wasn't monkeying with it's optical out connection. Yet, every time I touched the DVD analog audio cable...not plug it into anything, mind you...simply touch the metal housing on the end of one of the two cables with my fingertip...the audio from the HS200 would drop out. I quickly finished...dropping audio from the HD200 all along the way. I sat down and didn't hear another audio drop-out from the HD200 the rest of the night.
In the past, I always blamed it on the station, since I only had two of the 12 or so OTA channels exhibiting the problem, but after last night...
I'm going to keep my eye on this and see if I can detect a pattern.