First, some quick background:
I have an Integra DTC-9.8 that I have had since last Fall. It started out feeding component from Dish Network and a Samsung DVD player to a Samsung CRT, and now feeds HDMI from Fios and a Panasonic BR player to a Vizio SV470XVT. Along the way, I have always had some sort of problem with the video. Originally, I would get e2prom errors and the video would fail to turn on. After upgrading firmware and going through every single soft and hard reset procedure I could find, and always having my problems return after using the stereo several times, I was given a replacement unit. While I have had no further prom errors, the video will still cut out periodically and just reconnect after three seconds. When the video goes out, there is a 50/50 chance the audio will as well, but it always returns quickly while the video continues to resync. I have tried different HDMI cables (all are 6ft or shorter), and both 1080p and bypass for video out of the DTC-9.8. Video drop outs seem to increase exponentially over time, and typically go away (for a while) if I do a cold boot after unplugging the unit from the electricity for a minute.
I'm willing to tinker a little more, but I've otherwise had it with the 9.8. However, I can't figure out what to replace it with other than running to Best Buy and grabbing a Denon receiver. There really don't seem to be any other comparable products on the market, and I'm not sure I want to "downgrade" to a receiver when I'm just going to be running external amps anyway. I also have a balanced electronic crossover and I like having balanced outputs from the processor.
Any thoughts or suggestions? TIA