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Five seconds in on "Don’t Know Why", Norah Jones hits some high notes on her piano. On my system, these notes sound ’hot’. With some cable swapping, these notes tone down, but the overall dynamics soften as well. Are these ’hot’ notes an artifact of my system or the recording? This is playing the CD. How does it sound on vinyl?
steakster
sounds like you are exceeding the dynamic capabilities of either your player or even your system making it yell at you.
I have warm sounding speakers and headphones.  Headphones are driven by different portable USB DAC.  I played (computer, CD rip) this song pretty loud on both and cannot detect hot piano notes.  High piano keys are vivid, but natural.  It might be room acoustics issue.
kijanki - Thx for taking the time to test on your two systems. On mine, the high piano notes don’t distort, they’re just ’hot’. This anomaly doesn’t occur on any other piano music - or any other music at all for that matter. Obviously, this is a case for Colombo. Ha!
Well, it only took 7 years to figure this problem out. With living in two different places and swapping different components, the ’hot’ piano notes, mentioned above, followed me around. The culprit was the digital Bash amp on the powered sub. It was kicking digital hash back into the household circuitry. For some weird reason, it was most pronounced on that opening piano riff on that particular song. My source components have always been plugged into the balanced power conditioner. But, the amp and sub were always plugged directly into the wall - using different outlets - but, the same circuit. Yesterday, I moved the sub to a different circuit with it’s own conditioner. Problem solved. Beware of that digital backwash, it’s insidious.