Ive read a few posts and solutions for customers getting AD clipping when they are using the phono stage side of an NPC but none when theyre using the analogue inputs. Sadly, I am.
I prefer the sound of recordings made using my Roksan Caspian phono stage and so run my turntable into this and from there into the analogue inputs of my NPC.
My turntable is a heavily modded Technics SL1210 mk2 and I am using an Audio Technica ART9 MC cartridge which outputs a medium 0.5v into the Roksan. All components in the chain are in mint condition (the cartridge has only just been serviced)
I am ripping 90s 12 inch singles (mostly electronic music of various genres) and on certain tracks something is pushing the AD clipping light to come on, sporadically. It doesnt happen at all on most tracks and only occasionally on certain “offenders” but it is nonetheless worrying me as I am attempting to make the best 96/24 Flac rips possible. As this is an analogue device I have no control over the output from the turntable or the phono stage.
Does the fact that the light is coming on mean the NPC is distorting ? Or does it actually have quite a lot of reserve headroom even when the indicator flickers?
Thanks very much. I am otherwise pretty happy with my NPC, although I find my rips are rather soulless, which is partly the fault of the cartridge’s very stark portrayal of music.