I have one of the 1st gen XDA-1's that suffered from a "volume control" issue. In order to solve this Emotiva sent out a new front panel PCB along with instructions on how to switch out the old one. Haven't got around to doing it until now - mostly because I expected to replace the XDA-1 in any case (the low-volume precision issue). Attempted to do the change today and after opening the chassis I discovered that one of the caps had blown. I have not noticed anything out of whack, but I use the RCA connectors and this cap seems to be related to the balanced output section? (as a side note, I use the RCA as the XLR sounded way inferior when I tried it out initially - wonder if this is related).
So on to the main question Is it safe to turn on the DAC again in this state? (does it depend on which connector I use)?