Pass labs poweramps


Anyone experience little popping sounds after powering down their pass lab amps? I assume these sounds are the circuits shutting down.

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I wouldn't call that normal. Nothing in there should be making any popping sounds. Unless you're talking about the metallic ticking and popping sounds it might make as it cools down. My F5 will do that warming up and cooling down. 
As kosst_amojan mentions, there is a metallic clicking sound right after I fully power off my Pass XA-30.8 (which does not happen when I put it into standby).
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Is the popping coming from the unit or through your speakers. I have owned an x 250.5 for 11 years now and it will clink when it is warming up or cooling down. I think this is from the heat sinks expanding and contracting from the heating/cooling cycles of being off and on. It the sound is through the speakers then ya, a cap up the chain somewhere could be going or a tube
First l want to thank everyone for responding and l should not have said popping sounds actually it is clicking sounds l hear a few of then the unit stops. I have a trigger on it from my preamp so it stays in standby.
Popping is usually a sign of excess DC on the line
i experienced this recently with a tube amp .
get it checked out .
what model,  how old  is it.
I didnot read every response ,it went from popping to a clicking.
unless you know whatelse is in the chain   Impossible to give an accurate diagnosis.
A model would be most helpful. It could be a number of things. Nelson is extremely easy to reach directly. His email address is pretty easy to find. It's usually in the First Watt owners manuals. 
Thanks for the info the is X260. 8 monoblocks
Pass is always happy to talk you, you should just call them. They'll answer your question and make you like the company better.
Have the same issue with my INT-30, figured there was something defective with the amp as I bought 2nd hand, although SQ not affected beyond the momentary interruption from the noise itself. What stumped me is that it would happen even when the unit is unplugged from power source.  My observations:

1. The sound is a sharp metallic "ping" or "pop" - sounds like metal contacting metal.
2. It can occur even when no power to unit, so must be mechanical not electrical.
3. Ping occurs 1-3 times over 5-10 mins when amp is turned on, but does not occur when fully warmed up.  Same sound at similar intervals when unit is powered off and cooling down. 

Conclusion:  The sound is the result of the expansion and contraction of the external heat sinks bolted to the amp chassis, which is why it's heard only during warm up and cool down, but not after running for 15 mins or more.  At least that's my best guess given the above symptoms.  Since the amp sounds great otherwise I've decided to view it as a lovable quirk and instead of an exceedingly minor annoyance.
I've a 350.5 with the same popping, clicking on powering up and off.  I spoke to a Pass Labs tech, he explained it's entirely normal. After shipping, the unit may have sustained some hard landings. To mitigate by perhaps 50% these sounds, he suggested after the amp has been powered on for a couple hours, to take an allen wrench, loosen and remove the front plate, and tighten (but not too much) the chassis screws inside. I haven't bothered with the fix; knowing that this is normal operation is OK w/ me.
All my Amps are Pass Labs X250 X260.5 and anX5 I would call the sound more like a single clink sound like water in an old radiator when it warms up. All this equipment I have purchased second hand and any time I have a question I have called Kent English or emailed him. He has always treated me like I just purchased the most expensive Amplifier they make Best service I ever had in or out of warranty. They STAND behind what they sell
Ditto on my X250.5 - definitely notice metal sorta clicking noise after powering down. I called Pass and they explained it was the thermal contraction in the heat sink causing the noise and that it was completely normal. This past weekend - i noticed clicking during warm up and got a bit worried. But glad to see I am not alone in noticing clicking during warm up. So far - it has not affected the SQ - its a solid performer otherwise!
Yes Folks...all that sound is ..just the amps cooling down..expansion of cooling fins returning to room temp.... NORMAL ALWAYS..no worry needed what so ever....!!!!  Rock On..!!!!
I've had an F5 for about a year. I've never heard any noise when my amp is warming up,or cooling down. Maybe I should get my hearing checked. :-)
Same here with my 250.8 clinking sound about 20 minutes after being turned on. Haven't really stuck around after shut down to see if the same happens on cool down.

Thank You guys for sharing your customer service experiences.It is imperative to post both positive / negative stories when dealing with these companies.
Happy Listening!
I called Pass and it is very normal its the heat sinks expanding no worries, enjoy the music.