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On which channels do you have audio dropouts?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by veryoldschool, Aug 2, 2010.

  1. hasan

    hasan Well-Known Member

    Sep 22, 2006
    Ogden, IA
    I've been watching the Jets - Giants game on 206 (ESPN-HD), for nearly an hour now, and have had no drop-outs at all. Not one.

    I'm still getting about 4 per hour on any USA Network recording that I watch (and there are at least 6 series that I record on USA Network)
  2. mikeindc

    mikeindc New Member

    Mar 9, 2007
    Audio dropouts and pixelation during The Closer tonight on TNT 245
  3. RedTechie

    RedTechie New Member

    Jun 20, 2010
    I'm also very interested in these results. I'm to the point where I'm willing to throw money at the situation to make it less of an annoyance.

    I am currently using a cheap Samsung all-in-one DVD player and home theater in a box setup and was looking at possibly buying the Onkyo TX-SR608 receiver and new speakers. But if Onkyo's are supposedly the worst at recovering from these audio glitches I might look elsewhere.

    Channels I've noticed the drop outs on (live and recorded programs) are:
    SyFy HD
    HBO HD

    HR-24 DVR
  4. Holydoc

    Holydoc Legend

    Feb 17, 2008
    Panhandle, FL
    Syfy had lots of drop-outs during Warehouse 13.
  5. hidef2010

    hidef2010 AllStar

    Jul 28, 2010
    Funny, I actually experienced my first audio drop out yesterday on HBO HD 501, mind you, I have DD set to "on" on my HR22-100 audio set up screen.
    I am connected via HDMI to my Kuro and via optical to my Integra AVR. I could go to the AVR from the HR22 via HDMI, but I am a purist that way!!!:D:D
    Anyway, are you guys saying I should turn DD to "off"? Will this not cause only pcm to pass to my AVR? I got to try this when I get home to see if my receiver will use PLII or actually give me DD 5.1.

  6. txfeinbergs

    txfeinbergs Legend

    Nov 15, 2005
    Guys, I got my new Pioneer in today, and have it all connected up. Before I disconnected the Onkyo though I had a program recorded on my HR24 that had 3 audio drop outs on it. Each glitch caused the receiver to drop audio for exactly 3 seconds (recorded it with digital stopwatch). With the Pioneer, the audio drop out is exactly 0.5 seconds - definitely still audible, but at least you don't lose an entire sentence of dialog anymore everytime it happens!
  7. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Dec 9, 2006
    I'm sure this is what makes some of us "tolerate" these, while for others it drives them nuts. That's a factor of 6x greater/longer.
  8. Die Hard

    Die Hard Mentor

    Jul 21, 2010
    Thanks for letting us know your results.
    It would be interesting to know about how audio drops you get per hour compared to the Onkyo.
  9. RAD

    RAD Well-Known Member

    Aug 5, 2002
    Watching a recording from Discovery HD 278 made back on 3/28 and it has had a few audio drops on it using a Onkyo TX-NX901 AVR connected via TOSLINK from HR24-500.
  10. bagdropper

    bagdropper AllStar

    Sep 24, 2007
    I wish I would have cme to this site sooner, for I was beginning to think my issue wasn't system oriented.

    I started having mainly audio dropouts on the channels I'll list at the end. I'm also getting pixelation with my picture. It started 8-14. At first, a red button restart cleared it up but I am noticing it again.


    Those are the ones I've noticed so far. I never really lose total picture...it just hiccups (slight small pixelation with an audio dropout).

    Signal strengths are strong, not inclement weather, I know my dish is in alignment and my signal strengths have been good to great...my receiver/system is in my signature. Reception has definitely been iffy lately.
  11. Die Hard

    Die Hard Mentor

    Jul 21, 2010
    I mainly have audio dropouts and have had them since around last fall 2009, but I also have seen picture stutter and/or pixelation associated with some of these audio dropouts.
  12. hookemfins

    hookemfins Member

    Jul 3, 2007
  13. swans

    swans Legend

    Jan 23, 2007
    to semi-fix our bug. Will DirecTV provide us each with one like Apple is doing with the cases?:lol:
  14. gitarzan

    gitarzan Godfather

    Dec 31, 2005
    Hey DirecTV......nearly a year now. Do you really benefit from this information in this thread? Pick out on channel that has the problem and fix it.
  15. shortcut

    shortcut Mentor

    Dec 16, 2006

    We watched Warehouse 13 and Rizzoli & Isles from this week (most recent recording) this evening.
    Recorded on HR23, HDMI through Pioneer VSX-1020K, HDMI to Panasonic 1080I TV.

    Both shows were like back in the old days watching D* in bad weather!
    Pixelation every 5 minutes or more.

    I am located east of Atlanta, GA.
    There may have been weather on the nights they record...I couldn't tell you if there WAS weather on the nights of recording...with DVR I don't even know what night they record on.. (-:

    Anyone else have it this bad on either of these shows?

  16. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Dec 9, 2006
    I've just watched this week's of those two and not sure I even had audio dropouts, let alone any video issues.
  17. amanz

    amanz New Member

    Aug 9, 2010
    Noticed several postings indicating Onkyo AVRs fare the worst in terms of delays when encountering audio dropouts. I have to say my TX-SR876 recovers pretty quickly - ~0.5 sec. Nothing close to the 3 sec intervals others have cited. That would drive me crazy.

    Realize the SR876 AVR is a more expensive than some of the other models, but got it for a pretty good price last Dec from J&R - just under $1K. Perhaps this unit has different circuitry than the other models that allows it to recover faster.
  18. bagdropper

    bagdropper AllStar

    Sep 24, 2007
    I was watching Smithsonian last night, the Electric Guitar program they started this month, 8-9pm central last night. The 1st half hour were UNWATCHABLE. Every 5-10 seconds, I would lose the entire picture, then it would pop back on a second or two later.

    At about the half hour mark, it suddenly reversed itself and was fine from that point on.

    I was also watching 256...some Walter Pigeon movie - I also got a few instances of picture pixelation on that...never seen it before on an SD channel. The audio was fine.

    For the record...this all started for me last Saturday, for about 12 months I never had an issue at all. Again, my signal strengths are solid to great across the board on all sats. And there wasn't a cloud in the sky.
  19. RAD

    RAD Well-Known Member

    Aug 5, 2002
    VOS, again have you found out from DirecTV how much longer they want this data collection? We're coming up close to three weeks, don't they have enough data points to point them to the problem yet?

    8/20 1AM CDT recording of Eureka on 244, audio via Denon AVR-891/HDMI connection. Total of 9 audio drops at approx 5:34, 5:38, 11:38, 20:38, 33:51, 39:04, 39:39, 48:44 and 50:38.
  20. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Dec 9, 2006
    I've got nothing new. :shrug:

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