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No Sound in DTV/CBL mode

I cannot get any sound out of the receiver when I'm in DTV/CBL mode. The lights on the right side of the view screen that represent the speakers are flashing along with the Digital light on the left side. I have the satallite receiver going into the receiver using a HDMI cable. I do have picture. If I switch modes to DVD for example I get sound so the speaker connections and the speakers are working. Also, the blinking stops.

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  • djkrs2 Nov 10, 2007


    I think you may be half right. I haven't changed anything and the sound used to come through fine. This is the second sat receiver that I've had because the last one had a problem with, you guessed it, the HDMI output. I didn't jump to that conclusion because last time I didn't get anything once it quite. Based on that and what you said about the flashing lights, the sat receiver is probably not sending the audio portion to the AV receiver. The only reason I focused mainly on the AV receiver was because it's the newest piece of equipment in my system and there are many functions I just haven't used and I thought perhaps I had accidentally changed a setting. I wouldn't jump out there with the receiver having a real problem because I have had an excellent experience with all my Yamaha equipment.

    Thank you.

  • djkrs2 Nov 12, 2007

    That was it. I had already left the component cables attached to my AV receiver from the LAST problem with the satellite box so I plugged the audio cables in and I have sound. It appears that once again Dish Networks equipment has failed on the HDMI output.

    Thank you.




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Ok... I'm still new to the HDMI input. But I'm going to take a shot in the dark on this one.

Please don't rate me poorly for this, by the way. I'd rather you don't rate me at all as I am not proposing a solution.

This is a guess. I'll be honest about that. So here goes... :P

I read through the manual a bit. (Click HERE for the manual.) I started thinking to myself about your situation...and noticed that you seem to be focused primarily on the receiver itself.

What about the Satellite receiver? Have you checked it to see if you might have to manually switch the audio output to your HDMI output? I know you have video and all, but many devices won't assume that you're switching BOTH the video AND the audio outputs. Sometimes you have to manually switch one or the other, depending on how you're connected.

I would check the SAT receiver to see if you have to switch the audio output to go out from the HDMI output on the SAT receiver.

It has always been my experience that when the speaker icons flash on the audio receiver and you're sending a digital signal to it, the receiver is in fact NOT receiving a signal...
...which obviously means that one is not being sent to it.

Please let me know what you come up with. Again, this was just a shot in the dark. But I am curious either way. :)

Let me know!


Posted on Nov 10, 2007

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    Cory Kielion Nov 10, 2007

    Well... In that case...

    If you feel that my conclusion is correct and was helpful, then please feel free to give me a positive rating if you like. :)

    I sure hope you can figure it out, though. Trying to figure out how to map inputs and outputs can be incredibly frustrating.

    I've had my receiver for several years now and I still haven't been able to figure out how to keep the receiver from turning off the speakers during periods of no sound from my Playstation 2. During parts of a game where there is no sound, PS2 is obviously not transmitting anything via it's optical cable to the receiver. So when it starts putting out sound again, it takes a moment for the receiver to re-initialize itself and start processing the digital signal again. This is especially annoying when there is silence in between periods of speech and dialogs between characters in a game. You end up missing the first few words that the characters are saying. VERY annoying.

    I wish I could just figure out how to get the receiver to leave the digital processor ON in a continuous mode without turning off the speakers.

    So...yeah.. Anyway. If you feel that my post is worthy of a positive rating, feel free to give one. :)

    Good luck with your setup.


  • Cory Kielion
    Cory Kielion Nov 12, 2007

    Excellent. You're quite welcome.

    I appreciate the good rating, too. :)

    Good luck with Dish. I hear they're a pain in the arse.




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