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  • Vocal Distortion

    Hi, I'm not too sure whether this was being discussed before, but I found that Norah Jones' "Don't Know Why" seems to clip/distort slightly when it's being played on my system. Would appreciate if you share your experience.

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    may I know which album and the album was made in?
    "Bath with Music"

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    • #3
      Hi Keith, it's the "Come Away With Me" album. I'm not quite sure where was it made in...

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      • #4
        Hi, you can try using headphone to listen tht trck see if any distortion...try on CDP, then from amp or from another amp..If it was due to cd, you shd heard it even in low volume...try another input on you amp as well....
        "Bath with Music"

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        • #5
          It isn't a particularly good recording, so don't worry, your system isn't at fault.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by miniwatt View Post
            Hi, I'm not too sure whether this was being discussed before, but I found that Norah Jones' "Don't Know Why" seems to clip/distort slightly when it's being played on my system. Would appreciate if you share your experience.
            hi miniwatt, listening to it now for the second time. dont hear any distortion. "you'd be on my mind..." you sure you havent got it on too loud? its the 2002/2003 Bluenote version yeah?

            Mw, are you running a low powered tube amp by any chance?

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            • #7
              Hi all, I tried using Grado SR80i to listen, found the same distortion, particularly at low volume. And yes, it's the blue cover album in 2002/2003. Lately I've upgraded my amp to Naim Nait 5i2 from a 2.5W Miniwatt S1.

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              • #8
                Yeah...I think the problem is CD itself then. I did encounter similar problem on a Ricky Lee Jone "POP POP" CD. I then brought another same CD which was pressed in US and no more problem.
                "Bath with Music"

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                • #9
                  Are you referring to the SACD release? This one of my favourite test CD for vocals (SACD format). Could you tell the track time of the distortion?

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                  • #10
                    The part with significant distortion, especially on left side is between 1:13-1:14. It's more obvious when you listen at very low level. I guess it's not due to amp clipping nor tweeter defect. It sounds the same with my Sennheiser CX300 II as well. Maybe I'll try it with Naim DAC later.

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                    • #11
                      Miniwatt, which format? SACD or CD?

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                      • #12
                        Hi STHLS5, it's a CD format.

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                        • #13
                          Hi miniwatt

                          Had another look at it for you. Its because of copy control. Does your copy have the C sign on the cover?

                          The only way you can enjoy it is to rip the tracks out.

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                          • #14
                            Hi kittykat, mine has the same cover as this one:


                            Mine is ripped into Apple Lossless format via iTunes. Does it make a difference? Because I can hear the same distortion when playing on both CD and ALAC format.

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                            • #15
                              That's why i never did like this album....recording sucks imho....sounds ok on car stereo or mini compo but not so on hifi setups.

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