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Poor sound quality upon playback

Excessive sibilance being experienced on playback of some (but not all) recorded TV programmes and pre-recorded dvds. This is so severe in some cases as to totally spoil the enjoyment of the programme. Might the problem be caused by incorrect set-up or is it an inherant fault within the DMR EX85? Connection is by HDMI to an LG flat screen LCD TV.

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This is not a common problem on this model.

Do a test by connecting the unit through RCA cables instead of HDMI.

If the problem disappears, then it was the HDMI cable or connection.

Try a different HDMI input and get a better cable. Also try to eliminate all cause of disturbance near to the cable.

If you still get the problem even replacing cable, then there is an internal fault.
Try first to move the unit, if problem does not go away, then the unit must be fixed by a technician or replaced.

Posted on Jan 15, 2009

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