Originally Posted by kmr_269
What a timely topic. My PS3 has been acting this way since I got it, two years. I've got an AVM50 with V1.33, the PS3 was just upgraded to firmware 2.6, and the cables are all Blue Jeans Cable BJC Belden Series-1, from the PS3 to AVM50 to my Plasma, aPioneer Elite PRO-FHD1. I have two outputs setup, one for 60, one for 24, for games and movies respectively. The PS3 model is the original 80-gig version.
The handshake goes the same each time no matter the AMV50 output selected, several seconds of the display switching between blank screen and snow. I have tried reinstalling the firmware a few times, even going back to factory default and setting up manually, no dice.
At least the latest PS3 firmware fixed an issue I had playing Blu-ray Sleeping Beauty. You can image how how happy my 3 yr old is :-)
One other odd handshake I have very infrequently is with my Oppo DV-970HD. (Also at the latest firmware.) I see two issues. The first is that video starts but no sound, the second is the a loud annoying tone starts and the only way out is cycling the power on the DVD and AVM50. Both seems to happen right after handshake. Since these are so infrequent I have not figured out a definitive pattern.
Any other suggestions on the PS3?
An HDMI handshake happens every time the video format changes between two devices -- for example when the resolution changes or when the frame rate changes.
An HDMI handshake takes about 2 seconds -- this is just the way HDMI works. If a retry is needed it will take longer.
During the handshake, the video will go out in various ways: Black screen or green screen or static screen. Exactly what happens to the video depends upon how the source device does the handshake.
Some devices actually end up doing TWO handshakes -- one for video and another for video plus audio. You only see the video go out during the first of those, but audio starts up a couple seconds after video starts up.
The PS3 is not unique in this, but it does have another way it changes video format: The PS3 (using recommended settings) switches between YCbCr output when playing Blu-Ray or standard DVDs and RGB output when showing the XMB user interface or playing most games. Check the Video Source Adjust > Info panel on the Anthem to see what you are getting at any point in time.
The squeal and audio problem from your older Oppo is, I believe, a known problem in that Oppo which I think has been corrected by a firmware update from Oppo, but I'm not sure of this.
The HDMI handshake from the source all the way to the display is driven by the source device. About the only thing the Anthem can do is force a retry. Thus most HDMI issues, at root, are due to flakey HDMI implementation in source devices. But the couple seconds loss of video during each handshake is just the way HDMI works. Blame an industry obsessed with copy protection.