Originally Posted by jdsmoothie
Again ... my point was not that it NEVER happens ... rather out of the many hundreds of folks that have posted in these Denon threads ... a very small number actually have problems that require repair or replacement. A small number of defective products is always expected.
Heh, fair enough. Somehow my subconcious projected the "never" implication in there, and it definitely doesn't read that way for real.
An update, I'm 80% of the way through reconnecting everything, and so far everything's quite spiffy. I'm not even having any of the weird SPDIF stutter that I thought might have been my HTPC's fault.
I have an old SciAtl 8300HD; on the returned unit, I ran into the typical HDCP "Talk to the hand" problem, so I didn't even bother hooking up it's HDMI this time, and went straight component + optical. So far, so good, though I did play with resolution switching between 1080/720/480 channels, and got it to glitch to a blank screen (w/ audio) twice... but couldn't reproduce it either time. It was pretty easy to correct, and I probably wouldn't be jumping around like that anyhow. The delay for switching is a tad on the long side, and there's a brief 1/2-screen burst of HDMI static, but otherwise nothing out of the ordinary.
One problem I had with the returned unit was, when running component+EXT.In analog from my DVD3910, the lip sync was horrible. And being all-analog, there was no HDMI setting to fix that. I will be testing for that again tonight. It's not a dealbreaker, though, as the 3910 will be primarily audio-only; maybe the ocassional Region 2 disc that my new Oppo won't play. Though I *did* want to do a shootout comparing the upconverted 480i from the 3910 vs the Oppo's upconvert... just for giggles.
Anyway, I can't wait for a weekend of calibrating and tweaking! Oh, and listening... can't forget the listening.