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I have a Sony Home Theater BDVIT1000ES, Sony Bravia TV KDL52XBR4, HD Directv DVR HD20-700, Time Warner HD Pace DC551P. Connections: HDMI Directv to Sony Home Theater; HDMI Pace Time Warner to Sony Home Theater; HDMI Sony TV to Sony Home Theater. Directv works fine. When I switch the inputs to cable, it takes ~ 20 seconds for the channel to settle in. The banner switches immediately on the screen, but the picture and sound flicker/blink and finally a beautiful picture appears. When I bypass the Sony Home Theater the cable box works fine. Time Warner said the problem is the Home Theater, not theirs. Sony customer support went over all my settings and said I should by a 3' cord instead of a 6' that the cord was too long. When I switch the HDMI cables and/or try a different one, the same problem occurs with the cable, but not with the satellite.

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  • maxmore Feb 03, 2009

    One suggestion was to try another type of cable. I have my old VCR hooked up so I cannot use the one component connector slot. But I did try using the component connection for the HD cable and still get the flicker/blink issue. I may have to just live with that. It's a better option than hooking the HD cable to the TV and being able to change channels, but not being able to use the home theater.

  • maxmore Feb 04, 2009

    Oops! Tried component cables again. Hooked up from HD cable box to home theater and from home theater to tv. NO FLICKER/BLINK! Now, cable box has audio optical and digital optical, as does home theater, but tv only has digital optical. What audio cables do I run. I assume the audio/digital optical offer better sound than red and white audio cables.

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Dear FixYa Customer maxmore,

STOP! ! ! ! ! ! DON'T WASTE ANYMORE TIME OR MONEY! ! ! ! !
I have an RCA HOME theater and when turned on it takes about 5 Seconds to BOOT EACH UNIT. 5 for CABLE, 7 for FM (direct to antennae), and 4 for DVD.
You are BOOTING A HOME theater AND A CABLE DVR RECORDER and these both use software to determine the best output. Software can have viruses so I'm sure they are just scanning for any viruses that could effect yours or their systems. Be patient please. After all if you go to the theater you usually have to wait through the commercials and previews before GETTING TO THE SHOW!!!

PROBLEM: HOW CAN I MAKE GOLD OUT OF WATER?
ANSWER: YOU CAN NOT!

If you wish to pursue this further I wish you good luck! Time may cure your problem when your home theater and direct dvr get to know and trust each other. They may just boot up faster!

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Contact cable assistance

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Choosing the Right Cable. There are two types of cable to choose from:
Standard — Recommended for 1080i or 720p data loads
High Speed — For heavier 1080p data loads such as Blu-ray Disc movies or the output from a PS3 gaming console and Deep Color Etc.......
Switching between Source Devices There are two ways to switch between devices such as DVD players, set-top boxes, or gaming consoles:

  1. Newer TVs come equipped with two or more HDMI inputs
  2. An audio-visual receiver (AVR) with HDMI switching capability can connect your source devices to the AVR inputs, and then link the AVR to the TV with a single HDMI cable.
TIP: If you have too many source devices for the available input ports, you can purchase a stand-alone HDMI switching box.
Connecting your Home Theater HDMI ports on your equipment are always "female," and the connector plugs on the cables are always "male."
Make sure your connectors are firmly in place. The cable needs to be fully engaged to function properly.

An HDMI cable needs to be handled gently to ensure it’s performance

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Try a HDMI HUB, to connect.
and let me know for further assistance.
Thanks

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    rockfixya Feb 04, 2009

    did you try pluging a hub to connect all?


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Its a mismatch of serial clock and serial data signal between home theater and cable box and takes bit time to settle signal frequency issue.
I would recommend to ignore this little problem and enjoy beautiful picture what you got after this little flicker.

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    Shahid Electronics Feb 03, 2009

    That's what I recommended and please check any firmware update of home theater available at Sony Server by connecting unit with DSL line.

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    Shahid Electronics Feb 03, 2009

    There is an updated firmware available, check it out at Sony Support.

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Get a different connection cable, that is the problem.

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    The problem is either the connection cable or the rteceiver.

    Buy a better cable, or an HDMI monster cable, they are more expensive, but this step must be done to ensure that this is not a receiver problem.

    If you get same problem with a different and better cable, then it is a faulty receiver, in that case get the receiver replaced.


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