Well I just received my DHC 80.3 back from a two week stint at the repair shop; yup it was the infamous HDMI failure (intermittent operation, loss of internet along with grayed-out menus, etc). The Service rep said that the replacement card was the latest edition c/w the most recent software revision.
My unit had about 6 months left on its three year warranty when the problem occurred. Although many people say that the problem is caused by an extreme temperature affecting the solder joints of the BGA chips, in my case I’ve always had a large (noisy) fan just sitting on top of the unit keeping it very cool. The fan is a 120vac unit controlled by a 12 volt trigger output that automatically turns on whenever the system is started, and stays on for another minute after the unit is shutdown.
My first question would be:
What’s different between the older versions of this card and the latest version? Did they add heatsinks or is it an entirely new design or something else?
Has anyone heard if this latest version ofthe HDMI card also fails? I’ve read that some replacement cards for the 80.2have failed but does this also affect the 80.3 cards?
Will Integra fix it again should it fail outside of the warranty period, and if so, for how long?
Why won’t Integra allow Canadians to access their (American) user internet site, they allow us to use it to register a new unit but after that an owner can’t ask or post questions directly since the site registration process only recognizes US states and not Canadian provinces. Are Canadian owners so different from US owners?
Fifth question, (not problem related, butrather for my information)
Does anyone know if the Audyssey would be defeated should I change any of the speaker levels in the setup menu? I’ve read that if anyone adjusts any of the EQ settings the Audyssey will turn-off, I don’tknow if this is also true for the level settings.
Many Thanks for your comments.
In a later post I will make some comments on my feelings about the new Dolby Atmos loaded into the upcoming DHC 80.6.