Originally Posted by MisterScott
Hello all. I have been lurking here for while. Bought a D2v about a month ago as the centerpiece to my new system. Pioneer LCOS (JVC unit), 3 Bryston 4Bsst's, Paradigm Studio Reference speakers, Stewart screen, Pionner LD/DVD combo, Denon six disc changer, Pioneer 51 Blueray, direct tv HDDVR, Bryston CD player.
Well, I have been having serious issues with the Anthem. I updated the firmware of the Blueray player as well as the Anthem and I am still getting voice and picture drop out. The Anthem does not like switching iputs but it especailly does not like fast fowarding or chaning channels on the HDDVR (especially from HD to non HD and back) as well as skipping chapters on the Blueray. Regular DVD play back on the Blueray is horrific (not sure if it is the anthem or the Blue, suspect Anthem). I am adding a dedicated Denon DVD player through component. We are going to try and toubleshoot the issues tonight with some people in the know, but my impression (and I have not fooled around with the Anthem like others here have) is that it is not quite ready for prime time. They have some HDMI and processing issues to work out. My system is not complicated and I just want consistent video and audio before I start tweeking. Overall, I am very disappointed in the product out of the box. Had I known it was going to be such an investment in time and effort, I would have purchase another item. I like to tweak stuff, but not to have to make it run at some base peformance level.
The firmware you should be running in the D2v is V2.04. Even though you updated your firmware, if you are still using a version older than that you should definitely update again to V2.04.
I'll assume you are on V2.04 in what follows, but if not, updating to V2.04 really needs to be your first step as it has important bug fixes. When I see a situation like yours, multiple failures from multiple HDMI devices, my first thought is cable problems. The HDMI handshake goes from the source, through the D2v, to the display -- every time. So the HDMI cables on BOTH sides of the D2v could be suspect.
Keep in mind that if you are using 1080p, particularly if you are using the Deep Color feature of HDMI V1.3, the bandwidth of the signal on the cables is much higher. That means you need to get cables that have been designed and tested for that use. If you find cables labeled as HDMI V1.3 "for 1080p", or "high speed", or "category 2" (all of which mean the same thing) then those cables are supposed to have been made to the newest, strictest testing specs.
Also know that cable testing only applies to the cable as built -- at its manufactured length. So if you daisy chain cables or use wall plates, then that can be the source of problems.
Once you feel you have eliminated both firmware and cables as the cause, you should give Anthem tech support a call with the model numbers of your display and source devices. They may be able to tell you that the devices you have are known to work with the D2v (which would suggest you have a hardware problem -- either in your cables or in your D2v video board), or that they are known to have problems. That can help you focus on where the issue is.
I find it particularly interesting that you are having problems with the Pioneer 51 since that's a newer device and should certainly not trigger loss of signal when doing a Chapter Forward. The quality problem you are having when using it for SD-DVD playback could be simple setup error.
In the first post of this thread you will find a collection of links to other posts with tutorial content. In particular, look for the one labeled "Video Calibration for non-ISF Techs". Review the information in there to see if it suggests anything that needs changing in your setup. Standard DVD viewing quality is pretty sensitive to setting things up correctly. There's less margin for error.
But clearly the first thing to tackle is your HDMI problems. So confirm the firmware version, rethink your HDMI cables, and talk to Anthem tech support about the particular devices that are giving you grief.