I have a T+A DAC 200 and am having issues with the HDMI inputs which I am using for the first time. The first issue is when I attempt to play a two channel SACD from my Sony UDB-X700 Blu ray player I get sound, but there is a very significant background static noise (crackling and hissing) coming from the speakers. It is not a ground loop hum. I have removed all other source connections to the DAC 200 and still get the noise. I have tried multiple HDMI connectors and different power sources and I still get the noise. I have the Sony player configured to output a DSD signal and that is shown in DAC 200 display as DSD 64. If I configure the Sony player to output PCM, everything works fine with no static and the DAC 200 display shows PCM 176. I would prefer to have the DSD work as opposed to using PCM.
The next issue I have happens when playing a Blu Ray movie in two channel using the DAC 200 HDMI 1 or 2 (not using ARC) inputs. Regardless of whether I select PCM or DSD output on the Sony player the DAC 200 displays “PCM Multi CH” when playing the movie. It does not seem to get the two channel down mix from the Sony player even though I have selected stereo as the down mix option in the player settings. This results in me hearing only the front left and right front channels from the surround mix so I am not getting the center channel vocals in the mix. I have tried many combination of DSD and PCM settings on the Sony player without any success.
Any help would be appreciated on these issue. Maybe a bad HDMI card? Or maybe a bad player?