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Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by psternklar, Aug 11, 2010.

  1. psternklar

    psternklar Mentor

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    Hi,

    I left D about 2 years ago due to CS issues and audio dropouts using HR21. I am with E and am generally happy but want 2 hd outputs per box not one. I am thinking about returning to D with HR24. Has D fixed the audio dropouts? When watching 24 on Fox HD the dropouts made it impossible to watch. Thanks.
     
  2. RAD

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    There are still audio issues with Dolby Digital audio. The severity of the issue depends a lot on the audio receiver you are using, from what I've seen Onkyo's seem to take the longest to recover from whatever error is in the stream causing the drops.

    As for your 2 HD outputs, DirecTV doesn't have that. What they do have is Whole Home DVR, where using the coax that connects the receivers to the dish are used for networking HD DVR's and HD receivers so they can view content between boxes. There is a $3/month charge for Whole Home DVR service.
     
  3. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

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    Sadly there are still some issues with audio drops but in many cases things have improved.
     
  4. Ken984

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    The 2 HD outputs could be HDMI and Component. But if you are wanting 2 HD tuners on separate outputs then that requires 2 HD boxes.
     
  5. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

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    All my boxes have HDMI and Component.
     
  6. RAD

    RAD Well-Known Member

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    OK, since the OP is a Dish customer and their STB's have two independent outputs, but only one is HD I took that to mean that he wanted the same thing but two independent HD outputs. If all he wanted was to use a HDMI and component from the same box the Dish boxes can also do that. But you are correct, DirecTV boxes have HDMI and component outputs and both are active at the same time.
     
  7. txfeinbergs

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    Seriously, if audio dropouts piss you off, I would not come back and present - especially if you use an AVR.
     
  8. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

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    On the other hand, I never have audio dropouts using either my Sony AVR or my Pioneer AVR.
     
  9. HerntDawg

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    My Yamaha is very minimal.
     
  10. gfrang

    gfrang Hall Of Fame

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    I haven't experienced any audio dropouts in a long time.
    In the living room have Sony AVR, bedroom sound bar.
     
  11. john18

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    To the OP:

    Do you use an AVR and if so which?
     
  12. Bellman

    Bellman Cool Member

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    I can't recall any audio dropouts with my HR22-100 and Denon receiver.
     
  13. psternklar

    psternklar Mentor

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    Thanks all for the replies. Yes use an Onkyo AVR, perhaps I should wait for a fix before coming back.
     
  14. Carl Spock

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    I would.
     
  15. RAD

    RAD Well-Known Member

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    FYI, you can circumvent the problem by turning off Dolby Digital in the DirecTV receiver.
     
  16. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

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    It should be noted that the audio drops are only with Dolby Digital on, and they affect some markets more than others. If that's what's holding you back, perhaps you could simply switch Dolby Digital off if they get to be too much.
     
  17. john18

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    I have an Onkyo 806 and I do experience the drops. I live with it knowing it is being looked at as an open issue. You can wait, come back now and live with it or come back know and bypass the AVR for now or run it with DD off.
     
  18. BKC

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    This isn't quite true. Many of us have audio dropouts with DD on or off. Many of us also have audio dropouts with a sound system or through just the tv speakers.
     
  19. Blaze

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    Directv Told me they're currently working on the issue.
     
  20. CCarncross

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    Stuart, I don't follow the remark about "affects some markets more than others?"

    Many of the affected channels are national networks....I understand that there are probably lots of lil HD's that are affected as well.
     

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