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HTR-5850 crackles between Dolby Digital and Pro Logic when I play

A recording on my Comcast HD DVR and sometimes on the HD channel live.This is very sporadic and lasts for a few seconds only. Is this a cable/DVR problem or my receiver?

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  • dennis_herma Nov 11, 2008

    Thanks alot. It probably is cheaper just to get a new one. Can you recommend the type I need to work well with the HD and BluRay for the best digital sound?

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This is most likely a problem with the receiver. When this type of thing starts to happen it is most often a problem on the DSP board of a receiver. Sometimes it can be fixed by reflowing the solder on the right IC's of that board, but sometimes it requires the replacement of one or more IC's. Many service centers will just try to replace the entire DSP board because troubleshooting the DSP board is a very difficult task and can take many hours of testing and checking parts resulting in a huge labor cost. Unless you are very good with soldering and electronic troubleshooting you should really just take it to a authorized service center near your home. I am sorry there is no quick fix for this. If there was, I would have surely told you. I have been repairing home theater receivers since they started making them and have never seen an easy fix for this type of problem.


Let me know if I can be of any further help to you. Just so you know, finding out what the problem is with your equipment is worthy of a FixYa! rating. The FixYa! rating is not just for getting your equipment fixed, if it were, not many experts here would ever receive a FixYa! because electronics can rarely be fixed by just pressing a button or something simple like that. And it would also require that the people asking these questions had all the right tools and equipment as well as the knowledge to identify parts and problems to help in the repair since we can not be in your home to see it for our self.

Dave

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    Dave DeGain Nov 12, 2008

    The best receivers to give you high quality digital sound and still be afforable (under $1000) would be a Denon or Marantz receiver. If you want good sound but at a cheaper price you may want to get a Kenwood or a Pioneer for $250 to $500. Look for a home theater receiver, the new ones will have HDMI as well. You could probably get one on E-Bay for even cheaper, but you never know for sure what kind of shape they are in.

    My own personal preference would be a Pioneer Home theater system because you get the most for your money. The prices are reasonable (under $500), but the quality is still very good. Plus they have top notch customer service.

    I hope this helps, and thank you for the great rating.

    Dave


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