Thanks for the response. After posting, I began to try a process of elimination. But first to answer your question, I was running analog out via XLR to an Emotiva XSP Pre-amp. Yes, it was the first time to play this file on the 105, or anywhere for that matter.
I connected the external drive, used on the 105, to my laptop and played the culprit track....same thing...trashy "pink noise."
Next I found the original CD, dropped it into the tray and played the "track" on the 105 and it played flawlessly. Finally, I re-ripped the original CD via the same ripping software EAC (Exact audio Copy). This time it ripped it without a hitch.
So, I'm concluding that there is NO issue with the 105 but rather the problem lies within the ripping software. That's one hell of a bug if you ask me!
I plan to contact the company but I expect to get no reply. So for those of you out there using EAC ....beware....check your files at low volume first after ripping.
It only takes a couple of seconds when listening at "healthy" volume levels with hash noise to fry a driver (tweeter).
This is going to cost me a lot. If I have to return the speakers, airfreight alone, round trip, will be in the neighborhood of 600 bucks! I'm hoping that I can get them to send new drivers and I can install them. I've worked in the electronics industry as a solder monkey so I should have no problem there. I'm wondering if I did any damage to the mid drivers as well....ugh!
So sorry to hear about your misfortune, I can imagine how upset you are!! that's why I use itunes to rip my CDs it does a very good job for me!
At least the Oppo is not at fault!