Well, I have been off the forum for a while waiting for my fourth (yes, that is correct: 4!) D2.
This time the plan was to test it at the dealer before taking it home.
I brought my new HDMI cables, my Marantz 9600 DVD, and we hooked up the new (4th) D2 to a Panasonic 50" plasma (same model as I have at home). I personally made all the connections under the watchful eye of the dealer. Everything checked out.
Went home, reconnected everything. And everything still worked over HDMI. So, I was very happy and relieved and sat back to enjoy.
BUT.....shortly thereafter, as I was watching a DVD, not touching anything, about 15 minutes of total D2 uptime(including time at the dealer), the picture went blank. Now there is no HDMI video whatsoever. I have power cycled. NOTHING.
I inspected the video out HDMI jack and it looks fine.
I am now letting the D2 sit for a protracted time, unplugged to see if it will revive itself.
I am more disappointed than angry at this point. I called the dealer, he is beside himself.
a. The unit did not appear hot at all when it quit. The newer units may in fact be running cooler.
b. Anthem has in fact changed to a different design for the HDMI jack. The new ones have retention clips on the upper edge. The old design had none. This had been my specific recommendation to them. They either heeded my advice or because of all the HDMI problems realized that they had to change regardless. I do note that their choice of jack still is not the best as the upper clips are biased to one side and not symmetric. Still not a good idea in terms of the mechanical loads on the HDMI pin wafer. Not sure why they are not using the design being used on other mainstream equipment that provides symmetric guidance and load.
c. For those that feel they have a recycled unit. Because I have had four now, I have some idea of the serial number history. What is the serial number on your "new" unit. I might be able to tell you if it really is new.
At this point, I am wrungout. As I said I am more disappointed than anything. Just so tantalizing to have it work beautifully and then just like that it's gone, without having done a thing!
I cannot see going another round on this. We'll see.