Can an optical input on an amp go bad?
Currently running a streamer into the optical input of my Halo Hint Integrated amp. I also have the amp connected to my AV receiver via the bypass mode.
The other day I was streaming music via Spotify and noticed there was suddenly a lot of distorted low end coming out of my speakers? Strange because it’s always been very clean signal and I haven’t changed any components, wires or setting.
I re-seated all the speaker connections, optical connections, unplugged everything, etc. Basically, did a full reset of the system but still getting a lot of distortion out of the optical input.
Then I noticed when the amp is in bypass mode (still pushing the front speakers) everything sounds clean. So this narrowed it down to either the streamer, the cable or the amp input.
Replaced the cable…distortion.
Hooked the streamer up to a secondary system using the same optical cable…clean.
So I believe I have it narrowed down to the optical input on the amp.
Any suggestions on what could be causing this? Any recommended fixes?
Again, it’s the low frequencies that sound really distorted/flabby.