Faint Crackle/Hiss certain parts of songs?


Sep 12, 2021
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I've noticed for a while a very faint crackling/hiss on certain sounds in some songs. I can best describe it as similar to a crinkle of a plastic candy wrapper. Kinda faint crackle/hiss. Seems to only happen at high-end sounds. I can replicate this on both my mobo's DAC from an Asus x570 prime and my e10k. I just recently got a THX 789 and can hear it on that too when connected to either DAC. It happens on both my Focal Celestee and my older m1060's.

It happens at low volume as well as high. I've turned my Windows sample rate to the max and the lowest and hear it on both. I use PEACE/APO and can hear it with it enabled and disabled. I've tried another computer using the motherboard out.

One thing is I cannot hear it if I pull the song up on youtube but I'm not sure if that could just be because of a lower bitrate on youtube? Especially with older songs. I downgraded the quality to low on Spotify but can hear it there fine. I try it on Tidal and can hear it there but cannot hear it on low, but hear it just the same on hifi quality.

Could this be Windows, Spotify, or maybe I'm just hearing the flaws/nuances in the recording?

You can find an example in this song at around 1:26 after every snare hit.
View: https://open.spotify.com/track/3MC5sDDsyHZv8QxmRLBiKx?si=83da8ddb09394505

Another would be 2:22ish here.
View: https://open.spotify.com/track/0hDQV9X1Da5JrwhK8gu86p?si=83fb9e82a170485a

It actually happens on the bass hit in this Busta Rhymes banger around 0:18ish.
View: https://open.spotify.com/track/3HVJbdz0V402U5YggQK4Ao?si=92c9b6d444964c33



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