Skibum; good to see things worked out, could you pls share what the problem was?
My last problem was my DAC's output distorting on some tracks. The reason for this was getting ripped CD's from dodgy places.... Once I started just ripping my own CD's using dbpoweramp on my PC or XLD on my Mac all my problems went away. I have a large collection of music that I did not personally rip. Most of it sounds horrrible. What I have learned is you can not trust anyone else to rip a CD properly.