Originally Posted by pixeldude
Hi i have this machine and a few other machines, Sony, Oppo ...
And I have seen this problem with many different machines depending on how it is hooked up. From what I can tell it could be the copy protection kicking in as you say it goes dark, does it also turn kinda dark and reddish this in my opin would be the protection thats on so many discs. Have you tried hooking it up analog without the HDMI my guess is it will have the same problem of turning dark, if this is the case then it's most likely a copy protection problem.
Does the Yamaha deck feed through the recorder in some way? because I know for a fact if you go through any type of device like a VCR or recording deck that will kick in the macro vision encoding, I have a Sony and its hooked up to an old set so I am using a VCR for its rf jacks not trying to record a dam thing, and exactly what you say happens it goes dark, the only way that I was able to fix that problem was to use a box that lifts the protection so she can feed through with no protection, thus a picture that does not go dark or have other problems.
As for this Yamaha I use mine strictly for CD play back via its analog outs because this way we can use the burr-brown DA's and the sound is quite good.
I do have a buddy of mine with the same deck and he uses it for DVD's and says it works pretty darn well and has very good upscaling. So for the price paid I do think the deck is a great deal overall, more so if you picked it up for $75 when they were blowing these out.
It's a great deck and I'm certainly happy with it but the intermittent pause while playing video is unnerving. It just stops. It's not fed through the recorder, it's just connected to one of three HDMI connectors on the tv, as is a cable box and a recorder, and the only outgoing connections are to the powered speakers. All I could think of was that maybe the fact that the HDMI of the tv was getting confused... pulling the HDMI cable out and reseating it seems to help, it just picks up where it left off. And no, it's just a black screen - it seems to lose the connection. It doesn't happen all the time -- just occasionally, so I'm trying to figure out the variable that triggers the problem. Dirty or scratched discs? HDMI... I'm still investigating. I think I'm going to swap the HDMI cable for another one, just to eliminate that as a possibility , and maybe try connecting through a different input on the tv to see if that makes a difference. I'm not using a switcher, so that's not the problem. I think the upscaling is impressive, so it would be a shame to back to standard video connectors - but maybe I'll try component, if it has that option (it's been awhile since I've looked back there!)
BtW, I noticed someone here is selling one almost new for $150 (5 days left to the classified), which, while twice what I paid, is actually still a good deal.
Thanks for your suggestions!