Just a Little Distortin' (max input RMS level?)
I've been auditioning speakers and amps for a while now. One of my fav test tracks is Shelby Lynne's "Just a Little Lovin'". On several occasions, I noticed distortion on the highest dynamic peak of the song (at 3'03" to be exact). I also have this at home (20+-year-old lo-fi combo) and in my car (B&O sound system). Last friday it was really obvious when demoing a Devialet 110 amp, fed by a Burmester transport and playing thru B&W PM1 speakers. As the dealer couldn't find the Burmester's remote (to rewind the song a little, to have another listen), he swapped it for a Cambridge Audio CDP with remote... and the distortion was markedly less, nearly gone . As my test-CD is a CD-R with WAV-rips (using EAC), he tried the CD-layer of the SACD he has of the same album, and the distortion was gone! The dealer blamed the ripped CD, but I thought a bad rip gives drop-outs, not dynamic distortion.
So my guess is that the amp's maximum input RMS level is too low for the transport, which makes it clip at the highest dynamic peaks. Could that make sense? Anybody any experience with something like that, with this particular song (it's a classic test track) or other dynamic recordings? Could it be another system synergy issue to take into account?