Instead of throwing it out the window, why not return it to Wadia for diagnosis and repair?
Thanks Rob. I just thought that maybe someone had a similar problem and it was a transport that had been dicontinued early on in the production teething phase. In my experience sacd transports just don't work. I can't believe I was dumb enough to buy another one. I wanted the no pre-amp option on the Wadia and I thought that if anyone would get it right Wadia would. I've had the early DCS/ Marantz SA-1/ Krell SACD standard and now the Wadia. All with botched transports. The others never were really fixed. DCS to their credit replaced it (took three months).Marantz just gave up and gave me my money back. The Krell worked but you could hear it across the room. I'll get this fixed/ sell it and buy the first cd pro-2 based player I see and never give it up. Thanks again.
Well I owe Wadia and my fellow audiogoners a final word on this thread. I got my 581 back after the SE upgrade and am very impressed. I am running it direct into Pass Labs XA60 monoblocks and am very happy with the result. I believe the digital volume control is important and I would encourage anyone trying this machine to get the dip switches right on the output. Thanks for the responses.