Maybe it's time that we all just face the fact, that the 200 has some kind of issue with HDMI/HDCP that cause these dropouts and probably will never be corrected.
I know one forum member, our friend from "down under" djos
, has been preaching the HDMI sensitivity issue with the 200 for a while and he really may be on to something??? Whether it's actually related to HDMI 1.3 not getting along with older HDMI versions or not, there's definitely something wrong with the way the 200 "handshakes" with other HDMI equipment.
Aside from certain known disks not playing, my 200 has been relatively stable. However
, it still exhibits random, non-repeatable split second audio and/or video dropouts from time to time. I have been fortunate in that my random audio dropouts have very rarely occurred during the movie. I usually get mine when the first audio/video appears on the screen or at the main menu.
I can generally "manufacture" a complete dropout by pausing or stopping the 200, go to another TV input or change the input on my receiver and then come back to the 200. This will almost always result in a black screen, which can be corrected by cycling through my inputs and coming back to the 200 input. Somehow the 200 just doesn't sync up very well. I even make sure to power up TV, receiver and the 200 in that order, to avoid a black screen at startup.
None of these issues occur with my Sony 350, matter of fact, I can power my equipment in any order, change inputs midstream and the 350 comes right back with audio/video. Also, when I was testing a Panny 35 before I gave it to my daughter, same thing.......no issues.
This is why I always refer to the 200 as "quirky" but despite it's blemishes, I still like the player. I don't know when or what the next fw update will be but we'll probably still be complaining about dropouts with this player.