In the last few months I have bought my first audiophile setup. you can see my sig for what equipment I am running.
I finally settled into the office after a long vacation and get my rig set up. slowly replacing my favorite music into FLAC and APE files.
I am starting to hear so many bad recordings now.
Becks new album Morning Phase has a slight background hiss to many of his tracks. Once I started to hear it, I can not stop concentrating on the hiss. Bad recording or bad rip?
Battles' Gloss Drop has some funky distortion on the lower frequencies.
I am 99.5% sure it is not my set up. I have even skipped the amp/dac and just plugged my headphones straight into the laptop. While an obvious drop in SQ, the headphones are still detailed enough to pick up the hiss on Becks album.
I have a few albums that I have listened to plenty of times that are as perfect SQ wise as I can tell.
Pusicer (Conditions of my Parole)
NIN (Hesitation Marks Audiophile Mastering)
These are my two albums that I know very well and my go-to test albums for different equipment/set-ups/ and situations.
On my set-up there is zero hiss, zero distortion. I know their DR is not that great (both avg around DR5 and DR6) but DR is not something I am noticing nearly as bad as bad recordings, or they may just be bad rips I am downloading.