Emboldened by Steve's listening session the other night with the Norah Jones "Come Away With Me" SACD, I determined to see if I have the Rice Krispies effect going on in my -83 too.
I listened to nearly the entire disc, save one or two songs, and didn't hear any of the unpleasant sound effects that Steve and others have reported. For the record, I have my -83 connected to my Onkyo 805 via both HDMI and the dedicated L/R outputs.
I did quite a bit of A/B-ing between the HDMI and Stereo outputs while playing the SACD Stereo layer of the disc to determine which one I liked better. (I've only ever listened to the Multichannel layer previous to this experiment, and while at first I missed the spaciousness of the surround mix, particularly on "Nightingale," I appreciated the increased presence of the vocals and instruments on the Stereo layer.) The HDMI connection sounded very good as usual, but was noticeably a bit thin compared to the same songs heard through the L/R outputs. This was somewhat to be expected after following this thread for as long as I have, but still a bit of a surprise. Guess that ol' analog still has some life in it.
As I listened though, I became aware of a new issue. On "Don't Know Why" in particular, a buzzing/distortion sound somewhat obscures Ms. Jones' voice. It occurs on all of her sustained notes, but is most pronounced between the 1:50-2:00 mark on the track. I heard a bit of it on the "Seven Years" track immediately following, but then it goes away and isn't heard again (IIRC) the rest of the disc.
So, here's what I did to troubleshoot the source of the problem.
The buzzing on "Don't Know Why" occurs on both the SACD Stereo layer and the CD layer when heard through the L/R outputs. The buzzing is much diminished (but still slightly present) when playing the CD, SACD Stereo, and SACD Multichannel layers through the HDMI output, regardless of whether the player is outputting DSD or PCM. (I attribute this to the improved ability of the Cirrus CS4398 DAC to resolve Ms. Jones' voice over the CS4382A or the Burr-Brown DAC in the Onkyo.) The fact that the buzzing is heard regardless of CD/SACD layer rules out it being an "SACD-only" problem, IMO.
I swapped the L/R interconnects with another pair from a different brand. No effect.
I connected the interconnects to another input on the Onkyo. No effect.
I disconnected my LCR speakers and selected "All Channel Stereo" on the Onkyo to hear the same mix through my rear speakers. Buzzing is still there.
Wondering if it was a disc-related issue, I played it through my six-year-old Sony DVD/CD carousel player without SACD playback ability. No buzzing - clear as a bell.
So, I think I've pretty well isolated the problem to the -83. Is there anything else I should try? I wanted to check here first before reporting the issue to OPPO.