Originally Posted by mad_cow_w_knife
I would only believe you if I could turn off dailnorm, and I still had the problem.
Only then would I believe that this ONKYO (and possibly other brands) has a different problem (that my Sunfire did not have).
But we have already established that I can not turn off dialnorm.
So, the answer is, telling me over and over is not going to convince me.
Also, apparently, several people will not believe me when I describe the problem. So maybe that will make you feel a little better.
So go read something from somebody you would believe and get yourself straight.
If I ran around saying that city lights made the stars literally stop shining and refused to believe it when people told me the stars were still there, but too dim to see with the gackground light, I could cling to my incorrect belief all I wanted, but it would do me no good. I guess if I was happy being wrong, I'd stay happy. If that's where you are, just quietly go about your business . . .
If your Onk is like my Denon, you can start with this experiment. Put on a DVD that has a DD soundtrack with dialnorm. When the movie starts (and maybe with each different preview) you'll see dialnorm value displayed. Now pause or stop the DVD. Start it, and you'll see the Dialnorm value displayed (at least thats what my Denon does). Repeat until you feel certain that everytime the receiver first "hears" a DD signal, after any break at all, it will display the dialnorm value.
Now, if you get there, you can see that you can't diagnose your problem the way you think you can. Seeing the Dialnorm value will absolutely occur AFTER every time the signal gets interrupted (ie AFTER every dropout). So even if dialnorm was causing the problem (and it's a little hard to logically see how an unchanging piece of metadata could cause random changes in function of your system) you could not diagnose it by seeing the dialnorm value show up. Because the dialnorm value will show up after every dropout no matter what the cause (change channels, turn off and back on, whatever). It's a little like saying "everytime a light turns on in my house I flip a switch. Lights turning on cause me to flip switches."