If I take a look closer to my new Cds (EAC accurately ripped and so on), I can't understand why the "factory default" CD sound is likely flat, louder and way beyond the full scale (0 dB).
The "sound" is determined by the producer, recording engineer, mixing engineer, mastering engineer, etc. Don't blame the CD format if you don't like the sound.
And CDs don't go "beyond" 0dB. They hard-clip at 0dB. There are commercial CDs that are clipped, or just hard-limited and compressed to death. That's the modern-popular constantly-loud style... Don't blame the format!
Sometimes the amplitude is decreased after limiting & compression (to match the perceived volume the various track on a CD) so a hard-limited (or clipped) recording may not hit 0dB on the CD.
BTW - If you make a vinyl recording from a clipped file the wave shape changes and you won't see flat-topped waveforms and the waveform "looks better' when you digitize it.. The crest factor will also increase which can give a better measured/calculated dynamic range and a better looking waveform and that makes some people think vinyl record has better dynamics, even if the record and CD are made from the same master. But making/playing a vinyl record doesn't remove the distortion or increase the sound of the dynamics. Of course the vinyl recording will sound different because of it's limitations and some people may prefer the sound of the vinyl.
have to de-amplify to -12dB and then to make some compression and normalization to -3dB to get an acceptable sound from CD. I tested CDs from various artists, Pink Floyd, AC/DC, Genesis, Alan Parsons, The Band, Fleetwood Mac, Manfred Mann's Earth Band
And ,I like to use the "Hall" effect when I play music on my home theater system. Some people like to crank-up the bass...
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I have some old Denon CDs that are described in various forums as having pre emphasis and CUE Ripper is supposed to detect pre emphasis flags both in TOC and subcode. One of these CDs I have is Valery Afanassiev - Bach, das Wohltemperierte Klavier. The disc is detected as having pre emphasis in dbpoweramp, but not in CUE Ripper. Do I have to turn on pre emphasis detection anywhere?
However I have noticed on cheaper T/T cart combinations there does seem to be a somewhat artificial widening of the sound stage. It's hard to describe, almost like the fake surround sound some soundbars put out which of course, DSPs can emulate if that is one's thing.
I have never given this much thought but I presume it is due to phase shifts, which vinyl playback always has but more so with less well engineered or correctly aligned set-ups. Any thoughts on this?
If the cartridge is wired wrong the left & right channels can be out-of-phase (one channel inverted). You'll get the same "weird widening" effect if you reverse the wires to one speaker (or if you invert one channel in an audio editor). You'll also notice a loss of bass as the bass soundwaves cancel, and if you mix-down to mono (electrically or digitally) you'll get a "vocal removal" effect where the "center channel" information (the information common to left & right) gets canceled..