Firstly, thank you to all for taking the time to reply, it is much appreciated.
No major revelations unearthed here apart from an understanding and realisation of my own hearing abilities.
I have listened to the track in question intently, and all other tracks from the Carpenters 40/40 album, most tracks on this album manifest sibilance to me. In order to obtain a broad picture of what I’m hearing, I’ve listened on various pieces kit, consisting of: main kit in my lounge via speakers, plus three sets of headphones, same three headphones via PC and external DAC with the same results on each occasion.
I have deliberately chosen Karen and Richard Carpenter as both were perfectionists. Richard was well known as an excellent arranger and producer and would strive for the best reproduction possible. Karen had that wonderful voice and was also was a stickler for a perfect performance.
Karen also had a speech impediment resembling a lisp in her spoken voice which carried over to her singing voice, a very real and potential source of sibilance… I was going to say that if you can’t hear sibilance in the track then your hearing is sub-standard… but it appears we have a wide variety of responses, some hear it more than others, others don’t hear it at all.
Some would say it is mismatched kit, but I don’t believe it is that simple. My guess is that those who can hear it are sensitive to this frequency range, the opposite being true of those who cannot. In my own particular case I believe I’m highly sensitive in this range.
As I’ve said previously, this doesn’t ruin my listening experience whatsoever. Just wanted to discover if others out there were like me.
Would someone like to suggest some cables to tame it?
Thank you for your time and patience again gentlemen