An update to an issue that was discussed many pages ago. I was using the Oppo 103 as a preamp - connected directly to the TV via HDMI and via analog cables to an Outlaw amp, with digital cable box running into the Oppo. I could hear constant hissing and loud pops when I changed channels, etc. Oppo suggested it was the amp and that I purchase some attenuators, which is not a great solution. I unplugged everything and started plugging them back in one at a time to try and isolate the issue. I plugged the Oppo into an outlet far away. I plugged the Oppo into my second system, running it though a good Denon receiver. No problem when plugged into the Denon. Problem persisted with everything else. So I broke down and purchased an Emotiva processor/receiver (UMC -200). All pops and hisses are gone. This is clearly an issue with the Oppo. And I do not think it is an HDMI handshake issue, because the hisses only occur when the Oppo is run through the amp via analog cables. It does not exist when I was using the tv's speakers, leaving the amp turned off. I know there are people like me who really wanted a pared down system because all I use this one for is movies and television and the 103 looked like a great solution as a player that can also be a preamp. Not there yet.
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2/10/13 at 9:41am