Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Little Rock, AR
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So i guess you're indirectly suggesting its possible to have an audio dropout when the video is unaffected on HDTV - which is what is happening in my case. On CBS, the non-digital version is very bad - fuzzy with what looks like 3 images slightly overlapping. ABC has a little better picture on non-digital, but certainly not anywhere near as clear as what you would expect, say, on cable. I dont recall having sound dropouts on either ABC or CBS with my batwing, which is no longer up. This despite even considering that CBS comes in better on my silver sensor - yet i have audio dropouts??
Though i'm using a DD 5.1 audio connection, I only get CBS and ABC the way they are broadcasting the sound - which is 2.0 (stereo). I say that becaues my receiver is supposed to output the sound the way it is being received if i press "A.F.D." button and on all local networks, the receiver chooses 2.0. Yes, i can force the receiver to output the sound to DPL I. I can also use DPL II, but ive heard that is not recommended for stereo sources, rather older movies that were encoded in "regular" dolby surround (DS, or DPLS- not DD). I'm pretty sure that has nothing to do with the dropouts though, since i never get dropouts on most of my satellite stations, which are also usually in stereo (sans HD and movie channels like HBO).
BTW Sam, you should really consider going DD 5.1. It it literally the HDTV of sound. I just watch "Drumline" on HBO this past week which was in DD 5.1 and, OMG, the sound was amazing. I just ordered me a set of Ascend Acoustics, a full 5.1 setup, for christmas to replace my old, and more inferior Advent speakers. They should sound gorgeous - i cant wait!
The 4221A is a work in progress. I found another close friend that has already took down the batwing and vows to come back and install the 4221a once we find an appropriate mast. In return, i'm going to fix his computer.