I am annoyed that I had to do this, but I now have audio going directly from the cable box to my surround receiver via a digital audio coax. Thus, for audio the Bravia is bypassed. For video, I am using an RGB component cable going to the Bravia. Having no HDMI cable results in no dropouts or picture flicker. I do not notice any major degradation in HD picture quality by going this analog path. So my assessment is that HDMI protocols between the Bravia and the cable box are not working as they should. I wish these A/V manufacturers especially SONY would get their acts together after agreeing to create this new all digital one cable standard. I assume an even greater burden on this HDMI standard must be imposed when using the latest 3D systems. I bet dropouts and picture flicker in 3D must be a whole new experience.
Interesting comments about HDMI and audio dropouts from Samsung:http://support-us.samsung.com/cyber/...71F&modelcode=
I wonder if SONY has such an informative page about this topic. Somehow I doubt it.
The A/V Industry's "High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection" verification process stinks like a dead fish in my opinion.
Since SONY is the holder of vast stores of copyrighted material, you know SONY will implement HDCP to a fault -- pun intended. SONY has demonstrated the length they will go in copy protection in their hidden malware fiasco with certain SONY CDs.
What really irritates me is the potential for a slight change or error in the HDCP protocol to crash your hardware, if your equipment is not (or can't be) updated by a firmware revision. Copy protection strikes again!
This still doesn't rule out defective HDMI circuitry in the Bravia.
Another interesting page derived from a reference in the Wikipedia description of High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP):http://www.freedom-to-tinker.com/blo...aster-key-leak
The comments by the techies at the end of this article are just as interesting.
The original Wikipedia article that gave this as a reference is:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-ba...ent_Protection
Excuse me for going off on a tangent on this HDCP subject, but since HDMI handshaking may be a suspect in these Bravia dropouts, I think this needs some further discussion.