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Old 01-07-2016, 04:19 PM   #1  
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Default Help! I lose sound and get spark sounds in the speakers

I have a Pioneer receiver at home (6.1), I have it plugged with my PS3, DirecTV, and and LG Blue Ray DVD player, everything connected through HDMI cables. This is the issue:
1 - While watching a movie from the DVD player I start losing sound (intermittent) and then I start hearing "sparks" from the speakers, it starts until it becomes really annoying. I can play the same movie in the PS3 and there are no issues at all (?).
2- When I watch DirecTV I can get 1 hour of good TV and then I start losing sound (intermittent again) and the sparks noises start coming until I have to shut it down because I can't take the annoyance anymore. Same problem as mentioned above.
Why I don't get the same from the PS3? My PS3 is fine! I already replaced the HDMI cables and it keeps happening. What is going on? is this a receiver problem? anyone else got this experience? Any feedback will be appreciated.
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Old 01-07-2016, 06:44 PM   #2  
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I forgot to mention that I can watch Youtube through my BlueRay player and there are no issues, but if I want to watch a DVD or Netflix in HD I start getting the sparks and interruptions. Does that mean that my receiver can't handle HD?
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Old 01-07-2016, 07:14 PM   #3  
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Maybe a grounding issue?
Are they all plugged into the same powerstrip?
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Yes they are all connected on the same power strip, that may be a factor, I will change the connections anyway and let's see; but why I don't have the same problem while watching Youtube?
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This may not be a fix but it may tell if your A/V reciver is going bad on an input or not.

Try switching the HDMI inputs around, like move the Direct TV receiver to the PS3 port and try it, then try the DVD/BlueRay in the same port.

Or if you have an unused HDMI port try it.

This will tell if it's the input source or the HDMI port on the A/V receiver.
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Thank you very much for the advice! This is the update: following your advice, yesterday I connected the BlueRay player and the DirecTV receivers to a different connection directly on the wall outlet. I noticed an improvement but still a some spontaneous lack of sound and a couple of sparks form the speakers, that's already an improvement! That lead me to think that the powerstrip was the problem as you indicated (thank you again for the advice!). So, at 10pm I went to Walmart and bought a new powerstrip from Philips that suppose to be a great thing for electronics, etc. - according to the box - for $15 I am not going to complaint. I plugged my Pioneer receiver and the PS3 directly in the new powerstrip. I haven't tried to see if this eliminates the entire problem, I will let you know after the weekend. But it looks like I am on the right track!
I can only imagine that the issue was caused by the powerstrip, with the only exception of the PS3 that was probably connected to the only outlet still good in the extension (maybe). I will let you know. By the way, I previously tried to switch a couple of the HDMI connections to different inputs in the receiver but I was still having the same issue. I started thinking that the receiver was the problem, I never thought that the powerstrip could the be root cause.
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Thank you very much for the advice! This is the update: following your advice, yesterday I connected the BlueRay player and the DirecTV receivers to a different connection directly on the wall outlet. I noticed an improvement but still a some spontaneous lack of sound and a couple of sparks form the speakers, that's already an improvement! That lead me to think that the powerstrip was the problem as you indicated (thank you again for the advice!). So, at 10pm I went to Walmart and bought a new powerstrip from Philips that suppose to be a great thing for electronics, etc. - according to the box - for $15 I am not going to complaint. I plugged my Pioneer receiver and the PS3 directly in the new powerstrip. I haven't tried to see if this eliminates the entire problem, I will let you know after the weekend. But it looks like I am on the right track!
I can only imagine that the issue was caused by the powerstrip, with the only exception of the PS3 that was probably connected to the only outlet still good in the extension (maybe). I will let you know. By the way, I previously tried to switch a couple of the HDMI connections to different inputs in the receiver but I was still having the same issue. I started thinking that the receiver was the problem, I never thought that the powerstrip could the be root cause.
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Hope that turns out to be a fix. Good luck.
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This is the update: The new powerstrip worked! the problems I had with DirecTV was eliminated. I wouldn't have imagined that the powerstrip was the cause of the problem. So, thank you for that.
Now, I still struggled with the LG BlueRay player (including Netflix). After switching HDMI inputs I was still getting the noises, but I was able to fix it, apparently there is a compatibility issue (maybe software related?). I set up the audio of the player for DTS, and the set up of the movies for DTS - not for 5.1 - and it works fine. For Netflix: If I put "5.1" I get absolutely no sound, but if I set up the sound for "English" I can get the sound in 5.1 with no issues. Weird isn't it?
Anyway, I hope that people is having the same issues they find this forum and get a quick solution. Thank you everyone!
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Anyone know help him pls. Cong ty MIDTrans. This problem many people have.
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