Re: Got new speakers need a new reciver.
The problem with Directv and the audio dropouts isn't the fault of the audio receiver, it is in the signal. The problem just gets worse with some Onkyo receivers since it recovers from the audio drop slower than other receivers.
Some people don't seem to notice the drop outs while others do. DBS Talk forum had a huge thread discussing this and a new one was created not too long ago.
If you turn off DD on the Directv receiver it almsot completely eliminates the problem but then who wants to watch tv in crappy old stereo?