Originally Posted by Francky
If you look at my sig you will see my setup and in my opinion this is not a Cambrdige issue, i'm also having issues with hdmi drops and lag with my Anthem MRX and if you take a look at different threads of other avr manufacturer you will see a whole lot of complaints and issues regarding hdmi and it's been that way since hdmi was introduced and it hasnt got any better. Avr manufacturer have been blamed too much for the shortcomings of hdmi, they dont make the chips or the boards. I'm tempted to make a comparison with beta and vhs. Beta was better but vhs won, same with hdmi and display port. It still baffles me the way the connectors do not clip and wobles and can easily loosen. Audiophiles spend a bunch of money (maybe too much but that's another debate) on quality wires and interconects in order to avoid loss of signal and yet we still have this hdmi flimsy connection. If display port would have taken over we would'nt even have to go through 4 versions of it. Just my 2 cents....
Yes, I got the below response back from Chris at CA, suggesting it's inherent to HDMI technology. My question now is - why did I do this again? lol...so let me see if I understand, you get a lossless digital signal that manages both video and audio in a single cable - ok, that's nice. But it's just converting the digital signal back to analog anyway - is this really and truly better than nice high quality RCA cables in which the signal remains analog throughout? I'm thinking for my TV connections of splitting the signal, going w HDMI for pic and optical toslink for audio - I used this arrangement w the Denon and it was great, no lag etc. You still get all the Dolby etc signal processing, sounds more than fine to my ears - besides, it's TV, not music where SQ matters most.
Thank you for contacting Cambridge Audio. In regards to the HDMI audio, this is actually expected behaviour. When a HDMI source is sent to the receiver, the receiver has to lock on to the digital signal. Once locked on, it will then convert the digital signal to analogue, and output it to your speakers. This is different from sending analogue signals to the receiver, as the audio is already converted and does not have to be locked on to or processed before you hear it. If a momentary break happens in the signal, such as a channel changes or fast forwarding, the HDMI signal will need a moment to lock back onto the source, so there will be a gap in the audio. There is not a way to get get around this I'm afraid.
In regards to the front panel brightness, this feature was not introduced until our later models, so it will not be possible on the 351R.
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