Yup ... checked.
Still does PROT when the HDMI, the optical feed and all 6 speakers are disconnected.
Also, quite telling, is that in the SETUP menu, when in the audio section, the "Test Tone" section is now not available.
All points to the audio section being dead as a dodo.
The way I can get the player to work is to have the HDMI plugged in, then, with the player off, I go to the input selection part of the TV (also a nice Samsung), and get it ready to switch to the DVD input. I then power on the DVD and while it's twiddling its thumbs for about 5 or 6 seconds before it barfs, I hit the select on the TV and this then takes me to the DVD's menu screen. Once there, I can open the tray, put in a DVD and it all works (but with no 5.1).
Just annoyed it's died after 14 months. But, from looking on tinternet, this does not seem to be unusual even taking out the obvious ones which have overheated etc ..
PS Was thinking about popping into someone like Richer Sounds and see what they have lying around on the shelves - often have good, but old stock around. Love my Missions I got from them many moons ago - replaced my huge 770's which I bought when Lasky's opened a store here (store only lasted 2 years) - but they had these monsters on for 30% RRP! It was these or the BBC BC1's ...
1999 Freeserve Dial up --> Freeserve Anytime ---> 2005 Wanadoo 512k BB ---> Jul 2009 Orange up 8 Megs(hah!) --> Nov 2009 O2 LLU -> Nov 2011 BT Infinity( getting 37.5 megs now on ethernet)
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