I've had mine for a over a year now, but have always wondered how loud of a hiss is normal during periods of relative silence, CD or DVD, when the volume reads in the upper 40's or beyond. It's a background hiss, not a sharp buzz type of sound, but it is very audible from 12 feet away. Since I don't have another 1050 (or any other receiver) to compare it to, I would like to hear from some of the many 1050 owners out there to see if this is normal and I'm being paranoid, or if I may have a slight problem with my outlaw. I vaguely(sp?) remember there being talk of this type of problem with first run 1050's but I'm not sure exactly what it was about. Thanks for any feedback, suggestions, or info you might have!!!!