Ok, I HOPE this thread is still being watched?
Here is the problem I am experiencing:
The BH200 was imediately updated to the latest June FW and driver 702 soon as I got it out of the box.
When using my Onkyo 805
(early model, so no FW update done to it because it is loader ver 1.00 = means have to send it to Onkyo, but did do the DSP update to fix the DTS HDMA "bomb" problem), I would occasionally get the bitstream signal from HD DVD movies only seen as a stereo signal by the 805 during pause/play or chapter change. All of this happens when the audio signal is lost during those moments, and when the HDMI handshakes again when the audio restarts, it is recognized as a stereo signal and I get loud modulating static coming from all my speakers.
BD and regular DVD all play just fine.
Bought a new Pioneer VSX-03TXH
. Now ALL of my HD DVD movies, no matter DD+ or DTS HD (Bone Collector), the AVR shows recieving a stereo signal and loud modulating static from all speakers.
BD and regular DVD play just fine
Exchanged VSX-03TXH for new Pioneer SC-05
. Now all BD and HD DVD movies have audio problems
. This time, the SC-05 shows sometimes it is receiving a stereo signal, other times it thinks it is getting a 192hz stereo signal! Get the same loud modulating static from all speakers with HD DVD movies, but the BD is slightly different. That is the one being recognized as being a 192hz stereo signal, and at first I cannot hear anything. When I turn up the volume louder, I can just barely hear audio very faintly, but it is also being drowned out by a slightly louder modulating static.
At this time, I can't recal if I even tried a regualr DVD, what was the use if both BD or HD would not play?????
With the SC-05, as it is a keeper, I tried various settings on the BH200, going into audio and changing what the SPDIF was sending out (not that it should matter, as I was using bitstream through HDMI???), and even set the audio frequency from 192>96>48, and nothing helped at all
When using the Toshiba A35, all HD DVD movies play just fine on the SC-05. Did have one or two with the VSX-03TXH have the stereo/static though.
Sent both Pioneer and LG an E-Mail. Response back from Pioneer (when I was using the VSX-03TXH with the HD DVD audio problem only)
was that HD was a DEAD format, no further research will be done for fixing that format. I sent them another mail explaing the issues further, and asked them to send it up to the engineers, and got this reply back:
We did forward this information to service engineering so if there is anything that can be done at Pioneers end we will let you know. Did you also checked with LG since a 2nd HD DVD player works fine with the same movie it could also be the player.
I then sent Pioneer another new message concerning the SC-05 I now have on 9/13, and recieved this reply on 9/15:
Thanks for contacting Pioneer Electronics, Inc.
Based on your e-mail request, we feel that we can be of better assistance if you contact our Product Support line.
Please contact us at (800)421-1404 for further assistance.
As I had to return the BH200 before my 30 days were up at BB, I have no way to call them and do any troubleshooting as of now. I just *MIGHT* go back and re-purchase the BH200 if they still have it, for further testing, as I REALLY want to keep this player! But not sure yet what to do
What I got in reply from E-Mail sent to LG was the standard template message to call their CS line, which I did. As typically expected these days, I think I got Deli, not pastrami on rye deli, but NEW DEHLI!!! The person on the phone was a total idiot, and would not listen to a word I tried to get in between his blabering/drooling. I have been a PC tech for 18 years, and have done HT stuff for some years as well, so most likely knew way more than him, and already was 10 chapters ahead of him in troubleshooting. Eventually he tells me to take it to an LG authorized repair center that is local to me - but turns out to be just some Joe Schmoe's TV/VCR repair shop
So for now, I gave up and returned the BH200 as I stated above. But, if anyone has any ideas on what else to try, maybe an older FW update that could be sent to me, I might try it again.