Cool, glad that worked. Modern AVR's do a lot of bit crushing before they hit the output stage. I was thinking it probably wasn't an output transistor because you were getting crackling. Usually when an output transistor fries it will go silent. Enjoy those Axioms.
Nice job Jello. Real nice. I was just about to offer up my Denon 3300 for a very reasonable price - given his proximity to the shark tank - when you go and give him the super secret reset code. Soooooooooo helpful you folks are!
Enjoy the new sound Roar, I expect you will be in awe for some time.