Ever since I upgraded my Xonar DG to an X-Fi Titanium HD, I've been noticing a lot more clipping in my FLAC and MP3 files. It's usually just a click here and there, and not every file has it. At first I thought it might be the card, or the notoriously bad Creative drivers, but comparing back to the Xonar, and my motherboard's onboard audio, I hear the clipping in the exact same places. Replay gain does nothing, so my theory was that the files themselves were bad rips.
However, listening to the following track, I get a subtle but noticeable bit of distortion on some of the louder flute passages.
I wouldn't expect Nuforce to make the careless mistake of letting distortion into their demo tracks, but if the problem isn't the source, I have no idea what it is. I don't think it's my headphones as I hear the distortion in both my HD555 and D2000, with the gain turned way down. Am I the only one who is hearing this?
EDIT: Listen closely from 0:25-0:28, that's where the distortion is most obvious for me.
Edited by thrillhaus - 9/23/11 at 12:53pm