A2 Audio Dropouts

Mark Bendiksen

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I have had the A2 for nearly a week now and have experienced occasional audio dropouts. I currently have my audio connected via optical cable. The dropouts are infrequent (one or two per movie) and brief (fraction of a second). However, they have occurred often enough that I know they're not a fluke.

1. Is anyone who has their A2 hooked up via optical experiencing anything similar?
2. What is the most likely culprit? Is it likely a firmware issue that can be addressed in a future update or is it possible it's the cable itself?

Thanks.
 

John Lloyd

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I am using the optical connection on my A2. I get audio dropouts when I use "chapter advance" to move around in the movie. If I play the disc sequentially it seems to be fine.

John
 

Mark Bendiksen

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Interesting. I have indeed been using the chapter buttons a bit much this past week. (Since I just got the player a week ago I still find myself flipping around the discs enjoying the eye candy.) Perhaps that is a contributing factor.

If anyone else is experiencing similar symptoms please let me know. Thanks.
 

Jack Gilvey

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I've only gotten dropouts when playing the audio calibration stuff on Avia. it actually seems to skip around, jumping back a speaker at times. Weird...
 

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I too experience the random, relatively infrequent, but annoying split-second audio dropouts. Once while playing Bourne Supremacy and another with Smallville HD. I am connected via optical.

I'd like to know if anyone connected via HDMI experiences these dropouts.
 
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I'm the same as John. I haven't experienced any dropouts unless I skip a chapter. For about 2-3 seconds the movie is playing without sound, until the audio kicks in. Not much of an annoyance for me, really.
 

Michael TLV

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Greetings

I get the dropouts on optical without jumping around ... they just happen here and there ...

Annoying.

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Brian L

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Same here Jack.

It seems that the tones for specific channels play correctly, but if I play the circulating channel pans, its all over the map. Clearly the A2 does not like some parts of Avia.

Having said that, I did not detect any audio drops outs during the 1/2 dozen or so films we have screened thus far...knock wood!

Brian
 

Mark Bendiksen

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I am curious to know if the new firmware release might by chance address this issue. I have not applied it yet to find out.
 

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I posted this on AVS:

"I too get the split second audio drop outs, randomly with any HD DVD. Superman Returns, Smallville, Bourne Supremacy. I have a Yamaha 5960 receiver via toslink. I'm hoping the new firmware will fix this (after they fix the servers so mine can update)."

And here was a reply:

No A2 firmware from Toshiba is going to fix a receiver issue. Some receives have problems processing the maximum bit rate over toslink. Not a issue with SD DVDs since the audio bits are much smaller.
 

Mark Bendiksen

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Excellent point, Michael. I haven't played hardly any SDVDs on my A2 yet but if the dropouts occur with them as well then it seems that it would pretty much rule out the receiver.
 

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I believe the player converts the audio to 1.5mbps dts and outputs this via toslink regardless if it's a HD DVD or standard DVD title. Some older receivers and many older Sony A/V receivers simply can't do that data rate.
 

Adam Barratt

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All DTS soundtracks used to be 1509kbps on DVD, and every DTS decoder must be able to handle this bit-rate without difficulty (or it wouldn't have received DTS certification). By most standards 1509kbps is a low bit-rate (barely above CD and much less than the 24/96 PCM stereo audio passed by many DVD players since the late 1990s).

My XA1 converts only next-gen audio formats (Dolby Digital Plus/TrueHD) to DTS, not DTS or Dolby Digital soundtracks on DVD. Doing so would be completely redundant, so it seems unlikely the A2 does this either.

Adam
 

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I have had dropouts with this player while playing a CD. My Yamaha RX-V2400 is not THAT old and is DTS certified. I have NO problems with the optical connection on my 211 Dish receiver. The problem is in the Tosh HD-A2 ( in my opionion). Hook it up with RCAs and the problem will go away.
 

Dave H

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I experienced an audio dropout on King Kong last night - even after upgrading to firmware 1.2. I tried to repeat it, but couldn't.

I don't buy it's a receiver issue as my PS3 has never done this.
 

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I had the audio dropouts a few times when using the optical connection. Now I’m using the HDMI for audio has it has never dropped out (about 20 movies viewed with the HDMI hookup)
 

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