Originally Posted by OzzieP
I agree on the work around for owners of these units that need to find a fix since they already own one and your tip should prove helpful to them, but as somebody shopping for a new preamp I would not get one with a known defect as this. The reason people talk about it is because it seems Integra/Onkyo is the only one that has an issue that is this annoying. Sure none are perfect, but if the unit is constantly reminding you with clicks its hard to forget and move on.
Clicks and or Audio Drop Outs on changing channels, and going from TV show to commercial, and the most annoying one in midstream a movie! I will continue to listen to the owners of the new 80.3, I trust their voice more than those of Integra/Onkyo.
P.S. Those clicks are the only thing at the moment holding me from getting an 80.3, yet I am still considering others.
Thus far, I AM NOT experiencing any of the audio clicking or audio drop out issues with my 3 day old 80.3. In fact, whatever switching clicks I am hearing, are expected (an expectation really set by the Denon 4311CI I demo'ed previously) and they are quieter than the Denon 4311CI. In fact, as I think about it, I think the switching is "smoother" with the 80.3 than it was with the Denon. What smoother means is, well, it not as prominent or as dramatic of an event as with the Denon. And I think it happens quicker. This may be as the Denon has internal amps (and all that entails) whereas the 80.3 doesn't.
The one aspect of my setup is that I DO NOT have any cable or satellite TV service and the attendant cable/sat set top box. I have FIOS Internet service and everything is wired Cat 5e (some interconnects are Cat 6 and I deployed an ethernet switch where the 80.3 resides). I get my local TV feed from a $40 antenna (sitting about 63 miles from the broadcast towers in DFW) and stream everything else through the Apple TV or the BD player. Everything works like I think it should. Quite satisfying and enjoyable.
The only issue (not a real issue per se) is the volume level doesn't go to zero when I turn off the 80.3. So, I have to get in the habit of zeroing the volume level before I turn it off.