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Since I had the 18 out on the bench and I'm an incurable tweak I had the audio board out and was just looking at the condition of the solder joints in general. To my surprise I found a bunch of cracked joints at the blue board connector at the bottom of the board. Had to re-solder about a third of them. Which put me on a witch hunt on the rest of the boards.
You should check yours also and see if its just mine or a generic issue. Don't forget the power supply.
Thanks for the heads-up. I will definitely check the older solder joints. I have done everything except to check out the de-emphasis setting on the caps and resistors. It sounds so good now that I'm hesitant about changing anything. I'm an incurable tweak as well and I can't tell you how many times I've had things sounding great but made some changes for the worse and sometimes too many changes can make it very difficult in finding the change that made the sound worse. I have learned the hard way to make small changes, listen for a while and if the change is better, move onto the next change.
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