I've been hoping to find a solution, but oh well I guess. I've been keeping it muted until the movie/game loads up also, which works. What really bothers me is when the audio breaks during a movie, with the volume up, and you get a nice loud pop. It doesn't happen on every movie, but it has happened quite a few times, and I really don't want that to damage the speakers. I'll have to try it, but I have my cable box connected via optical, and I don't recall it poping when watching a show in surround, which was a while ago. So the hdmi issue may be correct.