As some of you know, two of us, moman19 and I, are working with Echostar Engineering on the audio dropout issue. In PM exchanges the two of us have been discussing what's going on with our recordings and how there are problems we are both experiencing that seem greater than just the HD ABC and Fox dropouts. Right now we both are having the feeling that things are going the wrong way even though "new features" are being added. As moman19 described it to me: The thing is we both sent in our boxes with recordings containing bad audio to Engineering and got replacement boxes which have the same problem. We both really like the basics of the ViP DVR series. We both have ViP722's and he has a ViP622 while I have a ViP612. Our AV setups are completely different and we are in different parts of the country. And we both remember that before L4.49 it did not seem that these problems were so widespread if they existed at all. Nor did we see so many postings spread out on many threads describing what appear to be the same many problems. Are there alot of you who watch alot of recorded programming, usually but not exclusively from local network channels, that are not experiencing such intermittent problems as audio dropout, jerky video, freezes when starting a recording, "skip" difficulties, or other problems that might particularly be identified as having something to do with internal hard drive interaction with the rest of the ViP DVR system?