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No Sound on Client

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Gregavi, May 1, 2014.

  1. Gregavi

    Gregavi New Member

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    Hi all,
    I have the HR 34 and one client. About half the time I use the client to watch recorded programming, there is no sound. I can usually solve the problem by going to a different recorded program, start playing it, (It will most often have sound) go back to the original program, start from beginning and most often will play with sound. Sometimes I have to do this a couple of times before I can get sound. I should NOT have to do this. This causes my wife to pull her hair out with frustration. This never happens with the "Mother" box. Is this something that can be fixed? Do I need an upgraded client or Mother box? If this issue is not resolved, I will look for an alternative to DirecTV as soon as my agreement is up (in a few months).

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

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    Which client? Is there an AVR in the mix? What TV? Have you tried a new HDMI cable, or even better for testing, hooking up via component.
     
  3. Gregavi

    Gregavi New Member

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    C31-700 client. Yes, there is an AVR in the chain. TV is a Samsung DLP. I doubt it's a bad HDMI cable based on the fact that the procedure to correct it has nothing to do with the HDMI cable. The AVR in the mix is a possibility but my "Mother Box" goes through an AVR as well with no issues.

    Not sure what Component hookup would accomplish since this is a sound not video issue. The client doesn't have that type connection anyway. Maybe a "Digital Audio" connection would help with the diagnosis.
     
  4. inf0z

    inf0z Legend

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    I would bypass the AVR and run the HDMI cable directly to the TV and see if the issue still exists when getting sound from the TV instead of the AVR. If the issue only exists on the AVR then you will have to use something besides HDMI pass-through, possibly digital audio. If the same issue exists on the TV then contact DTV for a service call.
     
  5. jimmie57

    jimmie57 Hall Of Fame

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    I would definitely run this to the AVR for the sound. Something is having a handshake problem in the HDMI connections. It could be the HDMI cable, the receiver or the AV receiver. Changing to the Digital Coax will eliminate that possibility.
     
  6. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

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    Exactly. What I was getting at earlier.
     
  7. Gregavi

    Gregavi New Member

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    I wasn't questioning the "handshake" possibility, only the 'defective HDMI cable' possibility. I will try the digital audio connection. I'm assuming the client will output HDMI and digital audio simultaneously.

    Thanks for your input guys.
     
  8. litzdog911

    litzdog911 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    Yes
     

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