Originally Posted by Voltaic
Fast forward to today when I go to get the firmware done. All goes fine there. The invoice confirms the following updates-
I'm sure you've guessed but I didn't go into this much detail to provide a happy ending. While somewhat less frequent than what I remember, the audio skipping/drop outs are still present.
Those three are the same three firmware versions I had installed in my 94TXH back in January. I believe they are still the most recent versions. BUT... what about the 1st DSP Flash? 1st DSP is very different than the DSP you listed above. And, 1st DSP is the single most important firmware you need to have updated to help eliminate DTS sound problems (DTS Bomb, etc.).
You need to check the firmware on the 94TXH yourself. Here's how you do it:
1) Turn the volume ALL the way down until you see "---" (very important)
2) Flip down the front panel
3) Turn off the receiver
4) Hold the SELECT button and the MULTI/ZONE "on/off" button at the same time.
5) Use the down arrow below the SELECT button to scroll through the version info
The firmware versions that were installed in my 94TXH in January are:
M (MAIN) - 1.006
E (EVENT) - 1.002
DISP (DISPLAY) - 1.000
D (DSP) - 1.005
H (HDMI) - 1.010
f (1st DSP Flash) - 2.012
s (2nd DSP Flash) - 1.000
The most important one is "f", the 1st DSP Flash. If it's not at least 2.012 then your dealer did NOT install the latest DSP firmware.
The reason why some dealers don't install every bit of firmware is because it is done in THREE different steps. Part of the firmware is updated through the RS-232 port. Another bit of the firmware is updated via the ethernet port. And, lastly, the 1st DSP Flash (the MOST important one) is updated via a CD or DVD player connected to the #1 coaxial or optical digital audio port.
If you're 1st DSP Flash isn't at least 2.012 then your dealer didn't install the most recent version OR didn't bother to do that third step at all.
EDIT: By the way, there is discussion in the Pioneer VSX94TXH topic that Pioneer is starting to roll out version 2.013 of the 1st DSP Flash. One forum member is reporting that version 2.013 completely cured the brief audio dropout he was experiencing at the start of the Millennium Falcon scene at Star Wars IV: A New Hope. It appears that not all service centers are aware of the new 2.013 firmware yet. You may want to wait a bit.