Originally Posted by reisb
Now that I have had more time to watch TV, I am still having tons of audio dropouts. Not happy.
Reading this entire thread it seems to me that the issues of audio dropout are almost exclusively DVR related. I watch OTA broadcasting (as long as the "puppet masters" will allow that to continue) through a Sony DVD recorder with a HD tuner. I also use a PS3, and stream to it from two separate computers. I have my AVR set to DPLIIx, and have never had an audio dropout. Only twice since I have owned the unit, after hundreds of hours use, has both video and audio dropped out. One I believe was finger print on a blu ray disk.
That said here is what I would try if I had a DVR;
1. Set the unit to logic 7 or one of the Dolby settings, instead of letting the receiver select it.
2. As there are no HD audio formats to consider, add an optical connection for audio, and change to it in the set up source menu, (you won't lose any quality) , and see if dropouts continue.
3. Finally add an analog connection. The dolby coding is embedded in the analog and your receiver can still separate the back channels, although it does lose some separation.
Then if you still have dropouts, it's NOT the receiver.
4. Call my cable/dish provider and see if they have a different, more modern DVR available, or seriously consider purchasing and trying a Tivo, or other third party DVR.
I do know the DVRs provided by comcast are junky, and know of a couple people who could never get their DVR or Voip Phone to work with comcast and after weeks of go arounds with those people went with other service providers.