Hi everyone- I've noticed "pops" or crackles from the speakers during two circumstances. I've already done a search and it seems that it might be firmware related, but I wanted to confirm these specific circumstances that are unique to my situation.
First, I have a 7002 hooked up via HDMI to a Panasonic BD35. The audio is being PCM'd to the receiver. When the receiver locks onto a DTS-MA signal, there's a pop that comes noticeably from the left rear speaker. This pop only happens when the receiver starts receiving the codec. The pop does not happen during normal playback. I can confirm that when I ask a Blu-Ray to pick either a 2.0, legacy DTS, or even Dolby TrueHD the pop does not occur.
Bitstreaming eliminates the pops, but then I cannot use Audyssey, which I find does help in my room situation.
Second, I also notice smaller pops happening when I raise the volume. I will pause the program material (this happens regardless of source), and raise the volume. As I raise the volume, I hear cracks or pops coming from the speakers. They are quite small, almost insignificant...again, I do not hear these during normal playback.
My dealer has suggested taking it in to a service center. Marantz CS was of no help at all. Is this worth checking out, or should I ignore it since I don't hear anything during playback?