optical audio probs w/811?

osxguy

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I just got my 811 installed today, joining a 501. I'm using the DD/PCM setting for the optical out on the 501 to my DD receiver just fine, but when I try the same thing on the 811 (even with a program that indicates DD), I just get pulsing static instead of audio.

Also, I noticed that the audio glitches when I hit the info button while on local DTV channels.

Any one else using optical out on the 811?

The installer "forgot" the remote when he set my system up -- they're supposed to bring another by tomorrow. Should I have them bring a new 811?

matt.
 

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osxguy said:
I'm using the DD/PCM setting for the optical out on the 501 to my DD receiver just fine, but when I try the same thing on the 811 (even with a program that indicates DD), I just get pulsing static instead of audio.

Also, I noticed that the audio glitches when I hit the info button while on local DTV channels.

Any one else using optical out on the 811?

Matt,
That seems to be a common problem with 811s. It's mentioned here:

http://www.satelliteguys.us/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4052

Not sure if that's a hardware issue or something they can address with software. I wonder if anyone's optical DD output is working alright on their 811.
 

volfan615

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Mine seems to be working on both modes ok also. It's connected to an Onkyo AVR.
 

Stacy A

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But the question is which A/V recievers is the 811 working correctly with and which A/V receivers are having the problems. From two earlier threads there is some evidence that RCA receivers are not compatible with the 811.

Stacy
 

John Kotches

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I have had no issues with the 811s digital output set to DD/PCM. I'm using a Meridian 861v4, which is a slight upgrade to an RCA receiver.

I've run my 811 for > 2 hours nonstop with nary a problem that wasn't attributable to the feed itself (OTA or Sat).

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osxguy

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Mine is a Harman Kardon Signature 2.0 preamp (firmware 2.10a). Like I said, it works fine with the optical out on the 501, but not the 811.

(Too bad they didn't offer coax digital out on the 811...)

matt.
 

John Kotches

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You could always pick up an optical to coaxial adpater from a Pro Music store to see if that's the issue.

I doubt it though. I suspect it's a lock issue and that there's some issues with some components having less robust digital inputs than others.
 

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osxguy said:
I just got my 811 installed today, joining a 501. I'm using the DD/PCM setting for the optical out on the 501 to my DD receiver just fine, but when I try the same thing on the 811 (even with a program that indicates DD), I just get pulsing static instead of audio.

Also, I noticed that the audio glitches when I hit the info button while on local DTV channels.

Any one else using optical out on the 811?

The installer "forgot" the remote when he set my system up -- they're supposed to bring another by tomorrow. Should I have them bring a new 811?

matt.
I am not familiar with the DD setup options but is there a DD/bitstream setting? Because to get DD 5.1 through a optical digital cable it mus be sent out of the satellite receiver as a bitstream adn NOT PCM.
 

osxguy

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got the converter, but no better

I hooked up the optical->coax converter, but the behavior is the same. Called Dish and they said it was a known problem that the engineers are working on. I asked them to send me a new receiver but they said any replacements would have the same problem.

matt.
 

RJS

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I wonder if all 811's really do have the problem. My DD is just fine and has been since I hooked the 811 up. I'm using a Sony 777Es receiver.
 

hancox

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RJS said:
I wonder if all 811's really do have the problem. My DD is just fine and has been since I hooked the 811 up. I'm using a Sony 777Es receiver.

My $ would be on RCA amps. I've seen similar complaints from CVC customers regarding problems with DD decoding.

And no, I'm not anti-RCA - I'm quite happy with my year old Scenium.
 

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I have the old RCA home theater in a box receiver and those devices can't take straight DD, they can only take PCM.

However, now I mainly use a Yamaha 2400 which is working fine with the 811 except I did have the complete audio drop-out problem when I had it on DD only. I switched it to DD/PCM and it has been fine so far.
 

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