With the Red Cloud update to the Direct Stream the white noise was audible.
So I enabled the 20 dB pad which eliminated the audible white noise.
But now I hear the “crackels” when playing SACDs with the DS volume near the top of its range.
If the BHK had 10 dB less gain I suspect it would be ideal in my system.
I doubt it can be easily done but worth asking about
(I am not interested in adding a preamp or inline pads).