Second time in two month's since new (bought mid-April) Has become afflicted by a "spitting" noise (only) on Direct mode @ 44.1khz pcm input - much akin to a RF spike abeit quite high up the frequency range. Is not affected on 32/48/96khz inputs or any analogue inputs, similarly does not occur on any DD/DTS streams be it 2/3/5/6/7 channel or downmixing to stereo. My thoughts are that Tag may be aware of such an anomally as when i spoke to them (at 9.00am) this morning, there was an "air"? of familiarity? and a resolute assumption that it would take 24/48 hours to sort out. (although that is what they said on the previous occasion) Again the Tag aftercare service has proven to be superb, and in NO way am i dissapointed with the (working) product - However at 3995.00, you may well say "Oh Dear"!. I have elected to have the unit picked up next Monday as i can expect to have it back by the weekend. This is for those who have labelled me a blinded Kef/Tag stalwart. Steve. BUGGER IT!!!