When music is being mastered, the level is often very high; upon analysis, you will often find several consecutive maximum samples, indicating something has been clipped away from the original signal.
- Audio that exceeds 0 dBFS (decibels relative to full scale) will sound very compressed because the headroom is nonexistent.
- This harsh sound is an unfortunate trend in the music industry and is typically referred to as “the loudness war.”
With ICC, the CDP-1 has adjusted the headroom in the signal processing to avoid clipping of the signal. This enables you to enjoy the full dynamic range and a more natural sound.