Sounds like you solved the problem...BTW, dedicated line installed, polarity ok??
Thanks for the input!
Larry, I don't have dedicated lines, but I believe that the polarity is OK since this is an intermittent problem.
Unfortunately, the problem is not resolved because I have still heard static with my CD player with all the changes. It is intermittent though, so I am not sure if I will eventually hear the same with my friend's CD player. I have yet to hear the issue with my friend's, so I am leaning towards the faulty CD player theory. I currently have both on "repeat" mode to see if I can recreate the issue.
Henry, did your Shanling do the same thing - i.e. intermittent static and muffled sound? Thanks for the advice - I will check the capacitors. I have heard some horror stories about Shanling reliability, but they mostly pertain to the T-100 and the amps.
I am curious - why/how does one get intermittent issues with electronics? I always thought the failure response would be rather binary: it works or it does not.
Again thanks for your suggestions. All comments are greatly appreciated.