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What's up with all the annoying audio dropouts?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by w84mike, Jul 22, 2007.

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  1. w84mike

    w84mike AllStar

    Sep 12, 2006
    Over the past 4 or 5 days (both before and after getting the latest national release) I have noticed a big increase in audio dropouts on certain HD channels. HDnet channel 79 is pretty much unwatchable as dropouts occur every one to two minutes. Saturday I recorded Black Rain on HDNM channel 78, but I had to abandon watching it as the dropouts were so frequent at about every 3 to 4 minutes, I couldn't keep up with the story. Same thing happened with a recording made Saturday of Audrey Rose on Showtime 71. I noticed the dropouts on ABC channel 87 on Thursday watching live during the daytime - occurring every 1 to 2 minutes. I switched to the MPEG4 version, channel 7, and no dropouts. Same thing on ABC this morning: dropouts every minute on 87 while no dropouts on channel 7. Also finding verrrrry frequent dropouts (every 2 to 3 minutes) on TNT channel 75. I've had my dvr since early September and have never experienced dropouts this bad before. No dropout problems with SD stations at all. Anybody else having this problem or is it just me?

  2. PeaceOfMind

    PeaceOfMind Cool Member

    Sep 14, 2006
    Same here, audio dropouts and video pixelations, from channels 70 to 79....at times, most movies are unwatchable....no solution in sight
  3. davring

    davring Hall Of Fame

    Jan 13, 2007
    Sorry you are having trouble, I have not seen the audio drop outs at all. I would guess alignment is off for, I think, sat 119. Have you checked signal strenghts?
  4. kmkraft_1974

    kmkraft_1974 Legend

    Feb 13, 2006
    there are plenty of threads discussing this issue. some people find removing the B-band converters helps, and some can isolate it to a single tuner. In my case, after a dish alignment, then a replacement HR20, I'm "drop free" for about 4 days now.
  5. UTVLamented

    UTVLamented Legend

    Oct 18, 2006
    Add your comments to this thread:


    Update: I removed my tuner 1 BBC 6 days ago. So far, seen few dropouts, certainly tolerable, not like before. Was this due to the BBC or some other factor, who knows? Anyone else seen a decrease in incidence in the past week?
  6. w84mike

    w84mike AllStar

    Sep 12, 2006
    Signal strengths as follows:
    99 (b) = 11-13%
    103 (a) = 96%
    101 = 94-95%
    110 = 95%
    119 = 87-89%

    I don't actually know what that means though. What should they read?

  7. w84mike

    w84mike AllStar

    Sep 12, 2006
    Wow! That made the difference. I had put those converters back on around January or February, but I can't believe that did it. No dropouts now on 79 or 87 which were the worst.

    Thanks!!! This is why I love this website - quick answers to problems.

    Much appreciated!

  8. hasan

    hasan Well-Known Member

    Sep 22, 2006
    Ogden, IA
    Make sure you call D* and get replacement BBCs, you're going to need them. The replacements are free.
  9. LR308er

    LR308er Duplicate User (Account Closed)

    Jun 27, 2007
    Or you can order them online from here.
  10. upnorth

    upnorth Godfather

    Jun 21, 2006
    Here is my story Just in the last month I have been having dropouts on my MPEG-2 channels in the 70's.
    I did not have the problem on my SD channels or my MPEG-4 channels.
    I was able to narrow it down to the #1 tuner as it would show up on every other channel removing the BBC'smade no difference.
    I went thru all my cables and fittings and tightend them all and making sure the were in good shape as others have said this solved ther problem but I still had the droupouts.
    So my next step was to switch the cables around to eliminate a bad cable, well now my tuner #1 was perfect no dropout's I figured when I changed channels again the trouble would follow nope that did not happen that channel was perfect also so continued to switch thru the channels and no more droupouts.
    So to make a long story short just switchinng sat in cables seems to have worked for me. Why I have no Idea but for the first time in a month I have been droupout free for 3 days.;) :)
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