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Matt Stevens - Need Help w/ Malata

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by James Nguyen, Aug 30, 2001.

  1. James Nguyen

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    Hi Matt, hope you see this as you seem to be the expert on this player on the HTF and AVS boards [​IMG]
    Wondering if you can help me track down an issue I'm having w/ my Malata. My replacement unit just came in today after my last unit was DOA.
    Anyhow, it's set up and looking and sounding great now, with one HUGE exception.
    In navigating around submenus of DVD titles, the sound will suddenly and continusously skip ....and not just slightly skipping, we're talking skipping like a 20 dollar discman with a 500 pound gorilla jumping up and down on it. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    It's never the top level menu, only if i navigate further down, say to the subtitles or the audio set up menus.
    Currently I've had the problem occur on:
    Toy Story 1
    Toy Story 2
    Josie and the Pussy Cats
    3/3 so far so I'm guessing this is going to be a pattern.
    Ideas? couldn't seem to find any posts here or at AVS that mention this particular problem.
    thanks a lot man! you da man! [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  2. Kevin Coleman

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    Im not Matt and I really can't help you but you might want to report this problem to AVdeals. They are working with Malata on a firmware upgrade and might find this info usefull. Just a heads up.
    Thanks
    Kevin C. [​IMG]
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  3. James Nguyen

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    Kevin,
    yup, I emailed em first. I was going to call but I discovered the problem RIGHT after they had closed for the day. [​IMG]
     
  4. Eugene Hsieh

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    Which receiver do you have?
    Does it skip only when you switch menus or is it random? If the former then it may be an incompatibility issue.
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  5. James Nguyen

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    Eugene
    It is *only* in menus.
    I.e. going from the splash menu to a submenu like subtitles or setup.
    The receiver is a Yamaha HTR-5280
    I'm wondering if other users could tell me precisely wut Audio setup options they have their Malatas set up as.
     
  6. Alan Wild

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    I just got my Malata from them today also.
    What disc are you using and which menu. The 3-4 discs I tried on it seam to work fine.
    On the plus side my PAL Region 2 copy of "Bound" looks Awesome throught the Malata.
    -Alan
     
  7. James Nguyen

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    Alan,
    so far I've done
    The Truman Show, main menu to audio setup menu
    Josie and the Pussycats, main menu to the language menu
    Toy Story, main menu to bonus material menu
    Toy Story 2, main menu to audio options menu
    Once I make my selection and exit the menu, it all goes back to normal, DD and DTS signals properly sent, appears to be no dropoffs, GREAT visuals..
    it's just the menus which is probably even more aggravating [​IMG]
     
  8. Matt_Stevens

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    James, just saw this post. You wouldn't believe the amount of e-mail I am getting about the Malata from people who want to this and that and everything else. [​IMG]
    As to your problem, that is a new one. You settings should be for 5.1 in the standard menu and DTS in the expert menu. Choose original/spdif for output. If you are currently set up like that, then I have no idea. It's a new problem.
    What receiver do you have? Have you tried swapping cables?
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  9. Eugene Hsieh

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    Can you force the receiver to stay in one mode?
    I'd have the same problem with one of my receivers both when switching menus or when jumping from one chapter to another. The receiver would lose lock.
    Forcing it into DD would solve the problem. (On the other hand, this receiver didn't support DTS at all, so DTS wasn't even an option.)
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  10. James Nguyen

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    Matt,
    it's a yamaha HTR-5280, audio cable is a toslink 6 footer from AR, forget which series... the component is a Pro Series from AR, 6 feet
    Going to radioshack this weekend to try switching the cable out. I'm leaning toward it not being the optical cable though since it's sending a proper dts and dd signal in the actual film.
    Eugene,
    good point, it does seem only to perform oddly when bouncing around menu systems, which in all likelihood have differing audio types..
    hmm, what audio type are most dvd menus? DD 5.1? regular ol' dolby pro logic?
    in any case, I'll try fiddling w/ the receiver tonight and have it lock to a specific audio type and see what happens then.
     
  11. Alan Wild

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    I didn't see your reply until this morning. I took a few seconds to through my copy of Toy Story 2 from the Ultimate Toy Box into the player. I browsed through various menus and didn't notice any skipping.
    I'll spend a bit more time with it this evening.
    I'm also using the TOSlink connection however I route through a JX-S555 video switch prior to sending the signal to my Denon 3801.
    -Alan
     
  12. James Nguyen

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    Alan,
    whereabouts in Houston do you live? Just noticed you're also from the area..
     
  13. Alan Wild

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    About 5 miles north of Fry's. [​IMG]
    -Alan
     
  14. James Nguyen

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    ah..cool...
    i miss living less than a mile from Fry's back when I was in CA. just moved out here a few months ago, still getting used to the weather.
    how is the Houston fry's by the way?
    (I'm near the med center and Rice U by the way)
     
  15. Alan Wild

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    This is starting to get a bit off topic, but to answer your questions.....
    I'm originally from Louisville, KY. I moved out here two years about to go to work for "The Man" after I finished my Masters of Engineering.
    So... I've never seen another Fry's to compare it to. As far as I'm concerned it beats the snot out of Best Buy (which we also didn't have in Louisville back then) and has quickly become my favorite place to buy DVD's.
    As to the weather, traffic, or the huge expanse of Houston.... I doubt I will ever get used to it. I hate heat and humidity, but I'm paid pretty well and I have a lot of friends in the area so I'm sure I'll be here for at least a few more years.
    -Alan
     

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