Did you try and swap the ic's. I know it sounds like a long shot but it looks like you tried everything else.
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I didn't think I had to swap out the ic's as the static disappeared when I "inserted" the older Adcom cdp and kept all the remaining system the same. Will try it again and swap out the ic's (just in case)this evening and see what transpires. If all else fails, its off to the service center, wallet in hand...
I had a similar problem with my Forsell transport, only with the first time I would play a disc. Scared the hell out of me, and I used to turn down the volume every time when starting up a disc. Had the thing completely refurbished when I upgraded it last year, including changing the laser, and haven't had the problem since. I fear you may have a problem in your laser assembly.