And this make it "clear" that we, the ones we do have the popping. just "invented" ourselves this or what? We come here because of this issue, hopping to find ideas and support from others that have it, but stating you don't and denying there's a problem it is not helpful at all! I also have an older Yamaha RX-A2040 which never done this issue, that's why I "upgraded" with same brand, same line (AVENTAGE), sooooo, what's your point with "well said"?well said. I have owed several of the xx80 line AVRs and have run them all sorts of ways. Never had a pop or any other issue.