Originally Posted by PooperScooper
Not making any claims, but this puts it in the same ballpark as the D2 issue. Multi-channel PCM -> analog conversion. I don't think you mentioned this in your first post (using analog out). There's a ton of bits being moved at a high rate and any signal integrity issues could show up as "pops/cracks" on the analog side.
You try 2-ch yet?
OK, I've had a chance to play around with this some more and it gets wierd:
1. I continue to get these 'soft pops' on multi-channel SACDs played through the 5.1 analog output of the Oppo (thru all of the speakers).
2. Switching between DSD and PCM in the SACD menu makes no difference.
3. If I unplug the HDMI cable from the back of the unit, 'soft pops' go away
; plug HDMI cable back in and they return.
4. With 2-channel SACDs I do not get 'soft pops' at all - regardless of whether HDMI cable is plugged in or not.
So, even though I am not using HDMI to carry audio to my Meridian 861, it does appear as if HDMI is mucking things up somehow.