Originally Posted by fakerley
Ok I will listen for the whistle and also for any hums. I hope I don't get the dreaded ground loop problems that some people have.
Here's a list of things to check for when you get the DTC-9.8 ( I've owned Integra stuff for 6+ years and these have been some common Integra problems over the years):
1. Speaker popping via the RCA and balanced connections. Popping seems to be a problem with the new Onkyo 805 receiver and it was a problem a few years ago with the Integra Research RDC-7 processor. Switch from one input to another ( CD to DVD) and see if you hear any popping. Then switch from one sound mode to another ( stereo to DPLIIx), any popping? Then leave the settings for bass and treble set at 0 for one input ( CD) and change them ( say +4 for bass and +6 for treble) for another input ( DVD). Switch from CD to DVD and see if you hear any popping. For more info about this problem read the dedicated Onkyo 805/605 popping thread.
2. HDMI shift. If you have a calibration DVD find a video calibration screen with circles and rectangles and connect your DVD player directly to the TV using HDMI and then through the DTC-9.8 also using HDMI. Do you notice any shift in image ( up, down, left, right) when connected through the processor?
3. Crossover settings. Set the crossover on the DTC-9.8 to the lowest setting and then to the highest one, do you notice a difference in sound? If not then the processor might have a problem with the crossover settings.
4. Transformer noise. Turn everything off except for the processor and listen closely to see if you can hear any transformer noise. ( Do the same for your Outlaw amp).
5. Make sure that all inputs/outputs - analog and digital - are functional.
6. Check for any problems with the OSD. Read the manual and see if the OSD works as written in the manual.
7. Bi-amping. When setting the bi-amping feature 'on' you should hear a clicking sound from the processor.
8. Sound dropouts. When changing channels on the TV or satellite receiver check if you hear any dropouts.
9. Lip sync. Check for any lip sync issues.