Originally Posted by gsr
One possibility is that the problem is related to a combination of bitstreaming from the player to the AVR, 7.1 channel Dolby True HD sound tracks, and use of complex seamless branching on the disc, as that combination has been known to give some Bluray players, including Oppo players prior to the 10x generation, problems. The workaround for the Oppo players is to have the player decode the Dolby True HD soundtrack to LPCM and send that to the AVR, so I would suggest trying that. The only real downside to that approach is that it precludes the use of Atmos, but that's not a concern with the AVR-4520 as it doesn't support Atmos anyway. The example you provided appears to have a 7.1 channel DTS HD Master Audio sound track, but I'd suggest trying the same workaround anyway and see if it clears up the problem. If it's only happening with some titles, you probably don't have any sort of an impending hardware failure to worry about.
Thanks for all of the responses so far, much appreciated.
I have had this problem with 2 other discs, both of them where TV Series : Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones.
In the case of the Breaking Bad disc, I just removed the disc and reinserted it once or twice and the issue went away. For game of Thrones , it only seemed to happen on one disc ( #3
) out of the four. No matter what I did this disc it would not play without the audio drop-outs, but all other discs where fine???
When I turned everything off, I also checked the HDMI cables on the Blu-Ray player end and checked they were OK ( removed and re-inserted). I have not tried the GOT disc since the last problem, but may need to check it again
The next time it happens , and it does not go away, I will try and change from Bitstream to PCM and see if it goes away.
A number of forum members have recommend a cooling fan, I live in Australia, so not sure where I would source such a device and how to use place it for best effect. Any advice appreciated.
I will keep checking and see if I can find a pattern to the cause, hopefully it is not a hardware issue.