I am in love with my new DS, but I experienced a weird issue today. I started hearing occasional pops, crackles and the odd stutter or drop out. At first, I thought it was only streaming Pandora via the SPDIF. When I switched to the AES/EBU and PWT, it appeared to disappear, but then started happening again. I monitored my system without music playing, but the volume up and there were no noises at all. I have a tube preamp, so I wanted to see if it was a tube going bad. Nope…or at least I think not.
Finally, I rebooted the DS and the PWT, but left everything else on. Turned the DS and PWT back on and, voila, no pops or dropouts for 30 minutes. Strange, huh? I will keep monitoring this for a few days, but I just wondered if anyone else has experienced this and if it could be a function of static build up (20 degrees outside here right now, furnace on full blast and very dry) or that the DAC’s buffers just needed flushing.