I remember you also wrote you have no clicks/crack/hiss at all in attenuator?
I agree it is not the cable difference or cable as such issue.
Frankly, I am very surprised your player is dead silent in the whole volume range and has no attenuator noise.
I think I will have to ask replacement for my unit.
Or is it possible that it will decrease over time? I know about the attenuator burn-in, so maybe a "general" burn-in?
I don't know for sure what to say. I will, just for the sake of making absolutely sure, test mine again. I know that early attenuators did make some noise but they were changed very early on and don't now. Mine doesn't click but again, I will thoroughly test everything.
The first time I move the volume control when I plug my balanced JH13's in I get a slight click and then nothing more. No clicks moving the volume control up or down in volume and no hiss on lo or hi gain. I listen on hi gain, balanced card at around 2.5. The recording changes this according to the gain on the recording but that is average, as with Eric Clapton: Unplugged, as an example.
Edited by jamato8 - 12/20/13 at 1:15pm