Originally Posted by Big Lag
.....I still don't like this unit that much. It has several other bugs described above - drops and adds channels at its own volition; HDMI output does not synch with AV receiver, video just drops off line during viewing requiring power cycling to restore video,... This box and the SONY receiver it was hooked to are the worst electronics units I have ever purchased. Don't even mention the Logitech 1000 remote I sent back for a refund a year ago. I cannot describe to you the frustration it has caused my wife and I. She is about to divorce me because of this unit's poor performance (jk). Since I have removed this unit our viewing lives are better - MUCH!
I think most of your troubles stem from the HDMI output (but not related to the missing ch). The H260f's HDMI out is a known trouble spot.
Like you when I was using it's HDMI to my AVR I had:
- handshake issues
- picture would go "pink"
- audio & video drops
I knew I was adding another HDMI device to my AVR down the road (which I since have) and needed the H260f's HDMI slot to do so. So I went component video and analog audio from the H260f direct to the TV and I've not had a SINGLE problem since. Seriously, not even a hiccup.
Any chance you could try component to the AVR? Or, as I did, component video direct to TV with optical to AVR? Analog audio (L-R) to TV could be an option if you want to watch local TV without powering up your 900 watt AVR.
The optical out for DD goes to my AVR for the few instances I want surround. Mostly it's sitcoms and local news so I just use the TV speakers.
The H260f's HDMI output is *very* weak, lacking "umph". In addition to the above issues using a 3' HDMI cable to the AVR, going direct to the TV over a 50' HDMI cable it would just flash video ON and OFF. Using the same 50' HDMI cable from my AVR and direct from any of the other three HDMI devices I have, not a single problem.
I'm not making excuses for Samsung, they surely released a buggy box especially on the HDMI end, but using component video it has been a rock solid performer for almost two years.