Originally Posted by RockStrongo
Im having a problem....My tivo series 3 is connected via HDMI to my Sammy....the sammy is connected via Optical to my receiver.
Any reason why you don't go directly from your Tivo to your receiver for audio?
I have a Comcast Motorola DVR that seems to do the same thing. In my setup the audio is going directly to our A/V receiver via optical cable to get 5.1 surround. Going through the TV will limit you to 2.0 audio.
I also have audio coming into the receiver from our HTPC and use it as a DVD player. That connection is digital coax.
In both cases there are times when I feel that the DVR is cutting off the audio. With the HTPC I've found that I sometimes have to turn on the DVR to get audio. That feels like witchcraft, but that seems to work. Once audio is working I can turn the DVR OFF.
I've sometimes lost audio watching recorded football games when I fast forward through the commercials. Changing out to a live channel gets audio back.
There doesn't seem to be a pattern except that it's always the DVR that seems to control the audio even when it's coming from the HTPC.
My only theory is that there is audio handshaking that goes on between A/V receivers and STB DVRs, and they need a reboot of some kind. I have had the receiver lock up twice in one of these situations and it needed to be rebooted. Maybe all modern components are running Windows XP somewhere in their innards.
Maybe changing channels is a form of "Restart" for the audio.