I did not originally find this tread, so I started a new one called Audio Dropout B&K Ref50 and HD200. I now know that this problem is NOT specific to the B&K Ref 50. Intrestingly, the Ref30 does not have a problem with the HD200.
Yesterday, I was told (by an inside source at Sony) that Sony IS aware of the problem with the HD200, and it is believed to be related to "Higher End" processors.
I do not wish to start a debate over which processors are High End. I feel the issues will probably resolve to some common component (like the DSP used for digital audio decoding) that several "High End" processors are integrating into their systems.
The B&K Ref 50 uses "DigitalDNA technology from Motorola (56367- DSP processor). Perhaps other problematic A/V processors use this same DSP/software combination. If this is the culprit, maybe the problem can be isolated quickly.
JUST FOR COMMENT:
I had the HD100 for almost a year and worked with Sony on many problems. In my case, they have come through for me and I expect they will fix this problem as well. The difficult part that many of you are experiencing is that the first level of support at SONY is not trained to deal with these type of problems. Sony is a large corporation and it takes special skills and perciverance to get to people that can actually do something to help us all.
We also need to keep in mind that this whole biz of HDTV is very complex for the manufactures as well as the Television stations. There are bound to be many small problems that we "pioneers" will have to deal with.
It is very frustrating, but once you realize that HDTV is NOT quite ready for prime time, and you decide you want to be on the bleeding edge of home entertainment - you are going to have to accept some inconvienences. If you are not used to it, or don't have the patience to accept the "growing pains", you may be better off waiting a year or two - until all the bugs are worked out.
In my opinion, this forum is a fantastic medium. It is a place for us to share our knowledge and resolve our issues. It is a way for us to learn about problems, fixes and share our ideas.
Most importantly, the AVS forum is a very powerful tool for us to join together and keep the manufacturers working on fixes for things that do not work.