Ittermittent digital audio drop out on some channels
Yes, this is weird. I have FIOS and an HD receiver. All of the HD channels work fine, video and audio, except for three: Fox News, Fox Business, and National Geographic. When watching these channels, the audio from the set top box to the Onkyo's home theater setup drops out. The drop out frequency and durations is totally random; from 3 times to 8 times a minute; sometimes for 4 or 5 seconds each.
This only happens on the three HD channels. I can switch to analog audio and no problemo. Back to digital and it stinks. FIOS can't help me. I have exchanged set tob boxes with exactly the same results. Otherwise, the receiver works perfectly in every way.
Re: Ittermittent digital audio drop out on some channels
Did the issue ever get resolved. I have similar issues with a connection to Cox Cable HDTV and Onkyo TX-DX989. All sources (DVD Player) sound fine and not issues except channels 706 and 710 on Cox Digital receiver. I had Cox replace the HDTV receiver and the same issue occurs. I've tried optical audio and also the COAX audio ports with the same issue. The workaround I have found is to set the audio to "Other" on the Cox box, but the volume then has to be turned up quite a bit.
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I have the Samsung Sound Bar WS1R model. I tried all of the Samsung codes; TV, audio receiver, and audio amplifier. The DVD code 3918 worked for my Verizon FiOS remote. Program it to your AUX button and it will control the volume while your other buttons; channel, menu, etc work the set top box. I hope it works for you too!
Hello First off i would determine if the same thing happens when the cable box is connected directly to the TV with the hdmi cable.
If the picture goes out get a new box from your cable company.
If it works fine then its time to call Marantz
My Denon avr 4310 does a similar thing and after a lot of research it seems that the problem is with how digital signals are sent through the HDMI cable and how the control board of your receiver processes those signals.
Here what I mean
HDMI is meant to simplify connections by transmitting video, audio and CONTROL signals through 1 cable.
The problem becomes when you introduce a "middleman" in this case your receiver the control signal doesn't always get interpreted correctly.
My TV has the capability to "turn off" the "control" signal coming through the cable if yours does try that first (i have a sharp 52" led) this solved some of the issues.
My receiver has the capability to accept different inputs and merge them so here is how I get around the problem.
1. I use HDMI for video signal but also use the optical for audio this allows me to send the "complete" hdmi signal through the receiver and to the TV this complicates things but also allows you to get audio through your tv speakers so if you want to watch something late at night you aren't waking people up when the receiver gets loud. This stopped things like the video flickering or turning off.
You will have to play with your menu's to see if you can do this on your unit.
How to fix this easily? Dump HDMI and use component (red, blue green RCA's) for video yes its still HD and yes you will have to run audio separately. but it eliminates all the digital processing issues that receiver manufacturers haven't worked out.
I was pretty upset when I spent $1500 for my Denon receiver and Denon then told me that HDMI doesn't always make anything better.
If it's thru Cable TV, your feed may need an amp. If your on FIOS or DSS, I'm stumped. How many boxes are in your house and how many locations are set up for TV and have no TV hooked up? If any, you need to try "F" caps at the empty locations, it causes signal loss. If all locations are terminated, the Cable company needs to ramp up the feed. They can do this via phone if you have Comcast or Bright House, otherwise, just call and ask. Hope this helps
No..... (In theory, yes.) In practical application, no. Run HDMI from your source directly to the TV then use digital coaxial or optical for audio to the receiver. There are many problems with HDMI while processing it thru a receiver. For all the info on HDMI problems, Google "HDMI problems" and there are literally 1000's of posts and articles to read regarding the current issues. Hope this helps
This sounds to me as an issue not with your AVR but with your cable unit. I have seen this where there is a sample rate issue with the cable boxes. I would try to get another cable box, and see if the issue persists.
A couple. Check to make sure your "in disc" audio is set to True HD (not multi). This while disc is playing.
Player /receiver wise make sure Direct Digital is set to "on". Also make sure your receiver is ready to go so that the HDMI handshake occurs with the receiver on the right "channel". That can also be forced to handshake by switching modes then switching back.
Make sure your using a 2.0 HDMI cable.