Well after having the UMC-200 for almost 2 months, I am pretty happy overall. But there is a quirk I have found in the audio dropping out that I am not sure if it is an unavoidable drawback of the model, or something that needs to be repaired.
I read from others about sound drop outs while watching TiVo (in my case, the Premiere series 4 model). Some surmised the sound drop outs were caused by the HDMI output signal from the TiVO not being strong enough for the UMC-200. The proposed work around was to connect the TiVo to the UMC-200 with a toslink cable for the audio portion and use the HDMI for video only. This seems to work for me as well.
However, I encountered many, many dropouts in audio when watching a standard DVD on my Playstation 3. I did not encounter any such issues with PS3 playback with any other media such as downloaded games and Blu-Ray. I tried the toslink solution and it solved the drop out issue with standard DVD playback.
But it is not a permanent solution. The problem is that toslink would not transmit the higher bandwidth soundtracks as Dolby TruHD and DTS-HD when watching Blu-Ray discs. So I am stuck going into the setup of the PS3 and the UMC-200 each time if I want to watch a BluRay disc where I set it up to watch a standard DVD previously, and vice-a-versa.
Does anyone else have a similar set-up and encounter the same problem? Perhaps you found a solution other than what I used?
Since I received the model recently, I am guessing it has the most recent firmware, so I believe the solution (if any) lies elsewhere. Higher end HDMI cables, perhaps?