Originally Posted by SeeMoreDigital
What I find really odd is that the main complainant (ie: MysteryMachine) has not posted 'anything' on this forum since March 2nd. So for all we know he's solved his problem!
All I can confirm is... When I connected my 103 via analogue to a couple of 29 year old Audiolab 8000A amplifiers and a mono amp (I built myself). There was no increased level of hiss other than what the amplifiers naturally produced.
Sorry I have been working abroad and not with my audio gear since June! I never did fix the hiss, what I did is take my preamp apart and called the preamp company with a volt meter in hand and they walked me through finding the defective part in my preamp - so I no longer used my 103 as a preamp. Unfortunately my preamp died again so I was searching this old thread today to see if the issue had been fixed. The hiss is only a problem when using the 103 as a pre-amp. I doubt it was/is fixable with firmware but I suppose I will need to try again (first I will try fixing my preamp again).
Edit: re-hooked it up as a pre-mp. Latest firmwares are loaded, settings cleared etc:
The full volume pops with HDMI handshake - there are still some pops but they are no longer at full volume, they are at similar volume as the 103 is set to. Most modern day HDMI processors have this so I think its unavoidable and I would say that issue is fixed.
Sadly hiss remains in all channels, most noticeable in the rears since they are close. So it was never solved (at least not in firmware). However now when the BDP-103 goes to screensaver or you pause a movie the hiss stops but in blu-rays where there is no sound etc - hiss. The most noticeable hiss is if you play a stereo CD, the center and rears will have a lot of hiss when there should be no sound at all. With this behaviour its not ideal, but its more liveable.
It could be an issue only with the early ones since I have not heard anyone with the same complaint in a long time, but at the time I posted I found 6 other people complaining about it (other forums and also reviews on Amazon).