Same here. I have 2080, 3080, and 5200 systems, use Surround:AI with video material, all without pops. So the pops would seem to be the result of some system configurations/sources perhaps. I really don't believe that the Suround:AI setting is the actual cause. (I use it alot)...and fwiw, we have a 3080 and a 5200 and use "Auto" and have used "AI" and have never had a pop.