When I listen to TV with my Videotron 8300, the sound often skip. The image is always perfect, only the sound that skip randomly. This occur not only in the live TV but also when listening to some recorded tv shows.
My TV is a sony D3000 and connected with a monster HDMI cable.
I've tried replacing my HDMI cable without succes. I heard this can be the HDD that is dying. Is it possible?
Other than a possible HDMI cable problem (and you should try out Component, as 57 suggested) the sound skipping or sound out of sync, is most times a result of a problem at the source (station) and not Illico, the provider or your SA8300HD.
As for the SA8300HD's HDD health, I would suggest the analogy with an electric switch... it works or it stops working. Doubt sound problems would be involved in such diagnosis and certainly not if the Video part is performing as it should.
57 - while this is only slightly related, you have mentioned this handshake issue with HDMI once when I asked you about the video from my SA8300HD flashing on & off repeatably when using the HDMI inputs, but I recently noticed that this behavior seems to always occur with HD channels, will continue for minutes if I leave it alone, but seems to quickly disappear if I quickly switch the TV to the component cable input, change to a SD channel, and then switch back to HDMI input. Perhaps the problem is self corrected by switching inputs but it really seems to be more related to HDMI + an HD signal. And this problem also occurs with or without component cables still connected.