I finally have everything set up with the 354 I got a little over a month ago. There are only a few issues I've noticed thus far and was wondering if anyone had any input...I do have the newest firmware, by the way - I updated it last weekend.
1. When running HDMI from my DVR (Motorola) through the receiver for audio and video I get handshake issues when switching from HD to SD channels and vice-versa - sometimes the picture locks up and I still get audio, sometimes I get no audio and no video (black screen), sometimes I get half of a picture and no audio, etc. If I toggle sources on the receiver the issue is resolved, but this is an annoyance. I'm thinking that I can try a few different things to avoid it.
-First would be to run optical audio to the receiver and component directly to the TV.
-Option two would be to run optical audio to the receiver with HDMI to the TV.
-Third would be to run HDMI to the receiver (for audio only) and component to the TV.
Are any of these options no good or is one necessarily better than the others? I'm leaning towards #2...it will allow my wife to use the TV without having to mess with the receiver (one of her requests).
2. I also see occasional 'hiccups' in the audio and video that I suspect may be due to the DVR itself. When this happens, the audio cuts out and the picture freezes and becomes pixelated. It resets itself after 3 to 7 seconds, but it happens often enough that it is a major irritation (three to five times an hour
). Could this be the AVR? I guess I will figure it out if I run video directly to the TV...I really think it's got to be the DVR and was hoping for confirmation from someone who has had this issue.
3. When starting up a game in my Xbox 360 I don't get sound during the intro. I've really only tried Rock Band and Rock Band 2, but it really annoys me since I like the music in both of their intro videos. The sound comes back in a few seconds after the main menu comes up so it doesn't affect gameplay, but it is an annoyance.
I have the 360 hooked up via HDMI to the receiver, which is sending HDMI to the TV. Is this a timeout issue? I thought the timeout problems with HDMI connections had been resolved in the firmware update.
Any help would be awesome. Thanks!