A friend of mine came over tonight and offered a possible solution to my audio dropouts. I had left too much copper from the speaker cable (Monster XP 12 Gauge). His suggestion was to cut the wire so that none of the wire was exposed (thus eliminating the possibility for interference). After doing that, I've noticed that the audio dropouts occur less frequently. However, they still occur. A buddy of mine at work said that it could be a problem with speaker wire degradation. With Fry's track record on returns (that's where I purchased my speaker cables), I'm not too surprised. Should replacing the speaker wire help? Could it be a defective unit? Should I take it back and exchange it for another unit and see if the problem persists? Does anyone else have other solutions?