David Ranada wrote in his Sound & Video Magazine column about the problem of noises followed by dropouts between tracks on some DVD-Audio discs and I ran into the same problem with one of the first four discs I bought. He postulates that it may be due to the software flags that are inserted between tracks. I wrote an e-maill message to David recounting my experience. In case they don't publish it, I'm reproducing the full text of my message below. Anyone else having the same problem? Maybe we ought to start a list of titles that exhibit the problem. "A few weeks before I read David Ranada's Tech Talk article in the May 2002 issue, I bought my first four DVD-Audio discs. One was Strauss's 'An Alpine Symphony' (EMI Classics 7243 4 92396 9 2) and, when I first played it on my Toshiba SD-4700 DVD Video/Audio player, I was astounded to hear the very obvious noise/dropout artifacts between tracks that he and Ken Richardson observed. I had no idea what was going on until I read the article. I suppose we don't know much more now, as David reports that it is still an on-going investigation, but at least I do know that I'm not alone in having that problem. These artifacts are especially disturbing in 'An Alpine Symphony', because the piece is a tone poem, with no breaks as there usually are between movements or songs. The music is suddenly interrupted, you hear a soft pop, and then there is a dropout that seems to erase the next moment of music. 'An Alpine Symphony' is very programmatic and there are twenty-two sections, varying from 0.47 to 6.05 minutes long, that should seamlessly flow together to make up a 49.9 minute long composition. It is a highly emotional piece and the mood is completely destroyed by these noisome interruptions every few minutes. I can't imagine how EMI, a very reputable and technically advanced company, ever released such a thing. Surely they played it back on a consumer grade player before shipping out thousands of units. Oh well, at least I can enjoy the Dolby Digital version of 'An Alpine Symphony' on the same disc. It doesn't suffer from the same artifacts. Trying to isolate the problem logically, I find that I am stymied. None of the other three discs that I bought suffer from the problem, even though one disc was also an EMI production (Wagner Preludes, EMI Classics 7243 4 92397 9 1). Both EMI discs are 2001 digital remasters of analog tape recordings made in the seventies. The Wagner disc has flags only at the conventional breaks, but the pops should have been audible, if they were there. The other two discs were both original multi-channel digital recordings and were pristine. It appears that the two discs digitally remastered from analog masters are done at a lower sampling rate than the ideal 96 KHz, but, considering that the 48 KHz they used allows more than enough frequency response to get everything that is on analog tapes, I suppose that is a reasonable trade-off. The price for those two discs is considerably less than most digitally recorded discs, too."