Originally Posted by bustamelon
Ha, you beat me to it... the best part is it's not over... no punctuation at all, even at the end. So he might add more to it later.
But to counter my snark with an attempt at an answer, AT&T U-Verse w/ the Motorola DVR settops have a known issue with audio dropouts and lip sync when audio output is set (in the DVR settings) to 5.1 surround. Try changing it to stereo.
As for the PQ, not sure why component would look poor. I use it and my old plasma looks great, better I think than with HDMI->DVI (mainly because for some reason my TV greys out color settings when using the DVI input). Perhaps your Yamaha is doing something funky with the picture?
HDMI -> DVI is the exact same thing as HDMI straight, only minus audio (technically DVI connectors can
pass audio, it's just that not one soul out there implements it). The lack of color changing options is because you're using a digital signal input - unlike NTSC analog, there is no need to adjust for color variances (Never The Same Color ring a bell?) - the data is simply all there or not there.
As for the Yamaha acting on the picture, unfortunately from what I've read, so far ALL Yamahas act on the picture, even when set to Passthrough mode. This is easily identified by the fact that TVs can actually detect the name of the AVR in use and display the input as such, so the Yamaha is altering the EDID data even when set to passthrough mode. Hopefully this is one thing that is corrected in the A series, but I've not read anything about these units yet for obvious reasons of lack of units sold. :P
STBs having audio dropout in 5.1 but not in stereo means that the bitstream being received is intermittent itself - the STB isn't the problem necessarily, but the connection type/scenario may be. The STB can't send what it doesn't receive, and if it gets the bitstream in bits and pieces, yet still somehow gets analog (or even straight LPCM), that would cause this problem. At least it isn't a DirecTV box. DirecTV outsources their hardware to some no-name Korean company that QAs about as well as Compaq does, as noted by the nineteen
bugs I've found, tested, reproduced, regressed, verified and sent in for analysis to DirecTV over the last four years, and that's just in the D11-500 unit.
Technology's fun, isn't it? :P
WTB A300 now
. I just hope it's worth the wait, because I'm passing up a sweet Westmere Mac Pro to spend money on much needed AVR upgrades.