I just got the 35000, and did not yet had the opportunity to test it completely. I don't have a 30000U demo tape either.
I'll post about audio dropouts after viewing a few tapes.
I'm still trying to connect the 30000 and the 35000, but so far no luck. I'll have to try a different cable next week. If you have any idea why 2 units do not see each other, besides a bad cable, I'd appreciate any tip.
This is consistant with what I learned from JVC. The initial releases will not be image constrained. Reasons:
1) There is presently no way outside of spending $150K to record fromt eh analog outputs.
2) There are very few 1394 equipped HDTVs. Analog is the only way to debut the format.
As it is being marketed as the highest quality HDTV for the consumer, any image constaint would ruin this marketing advantage.
That is the same dropout problem that plagues all the JVC/Victor Vcr's including the new 30000U.
I had them occur only with HBO/Showtime movies, not OTA or the demo tape.
The dropouts are intermittend and do not repeat, so they must be caused by the JVC/Victor.
This dropout thing drives me crazy. I had to put my Panny combo back into my theater for playback since I find the dropouts unacceptable.
Does anyone have additional info on these audio dropouts and if they occur only with certain decoders and not with others. These dropouts are obviously different than the audio dropouts that occur with the Panny 5x and non-crystal decoders.