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Badly mastered tracks or my setup?

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Hello everyone,

Sorry if I posted this in the wrong section.

I have a fairly decent setup (Asus Xonar Essence STX -> Yulong A18 -> LCD-2) but there are a lot of songs where I can hear audible distortion. Not sure if I am going crazy or it's bad mastering. I use replaygain on all the songs + ASIO playback. In my player I only have equalizer as an active DSP and the highest peak is set at 0 dB. Could anyone see if you hear any distortion/muffled sound in these songs:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFjqZpZZ5jI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvjJ5vRlnkw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvU2aTtvSvU

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3c4dPxN1qM

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmZexg8sxyk

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQH8ZTgna3Q

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5NjGaAWWOI

So far I've only heard few 100% distortion free songs, all of which were produced digitally (trance genre).


Edited by InCreD1Ble - 4/21/14 at 3:03pm
post #2 of 3

Oh man, I don't know if my rig can match up to yours in hearing distortion (ODAC/O2 + Q701)

Arctic Monkeys - R U Mine? has drum kick distortion as an effect maybe, and a little distortion on the guitar solo.

MGMT- Electric Feel has drum kick distortion as an effect maybe. Actually I think it does, the drum kick is clean in some parts. The vocals are fine, the guitar does distort a little in loud notes.
ATB - Sunset Beach (Holy schiit that bass kick!) is fine, piano distorts a bit (maybe an effect).

What kind of distortion are we talking about?

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Haha, glad you liked Sunset Beach. And any kind of distortion really, if you think there is any - that's what I was talking about. Ideally, there should be none, this is why it bothers me. There are tracks which are crystal clear and I always compare most of the other songs to them.

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