Thought I'd take this opportunity to publicly thank Mr. Tinn for his assistance, patience and insight in helping me cope with this MADDENING Audio Aero Capitole MK-II. Jonathan, you are a true gentleman and class act as I think I would have thrown this CDP through a window if it hadn't been for your gracious help.
After the most frustrating experience I have EVER had in audio, I can now say the problems appear to be over and, it sounds FABULOUS! I should also say that the people at Globe Audio (Jody and Matt) have also been fantastic in their assistance. That said, I personally would never want to deal with Audio Aero again due to their NUMEROUS broken promises and deadlines (and apparent cavalier attitude) - but I cannot help but give them credit for a great sounding product.
As for MY problems - my unit had a bad P2 chip (which caused a ton of problems) then the new P3 chip they sent me was also defective and finally, I installed the new P4 chip and all is well (I hope I didn't just jinx myself!). Also in AA's defense, all the problems were in the software (the chip -- which I understand was outsourced) not the hardware. My own opinion (as well as Jtinn's I believe) is that AA rushed this thing to market before working out the bugs -- but they seem to be solved (can you see me crossing my fingers?)
Finally, in closing, I would like to say that I went from a $28,000 CD/pre front end (Sonic Frontiers T3/P3 and Lamm L2 Reference) to the AA direct into my Lamm amps, and it is clearly better in all ways. Now I call THAT a winning proposition, put money in my pocket, eliminate 3 chassis, three power cords and two interconnects - while getting better sound! Thanks again Jonathan - I owe you a nice dinner when I get out to your place!!!