IMHO, that sounds like a bad cap in the DBX unit. I don't think you're clipping anything.
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If it’s been serviced, I’d be surprised if they didn’t catch a bad cap? How long after you turn it on, does it pop?
Also, the DBX unit is right under the table. Have you tried moving it further away? Maybe the cartridge is picking something up from the unit?
I’ve listen to the pop several times now. It sure sounds like a static discharge to me. It builds up and then releases as a pop. It sounds like a Zerostat gun?
When an amp clips, it cuts the top of the waveform off. Here is an example of amp clipping:
Much different sound than your pop.
Hello mofimadness. The pop only occurs in a specific part of a song, and always on the same part. I can put the stylus in that section of the song, and it will pop every time in that specific part. I tried with other albums, and it's the same, so it's not the LP. You are right, it sounds like a discharge to me as well, but I think if that was the case, the pop would be random.
I assume it happens when you turn "up" the DBX and not down? If so, it's adding something that's overloading or causing a ground/static discharge. Those DBX units are notorious for noise and "pumping and breathing". I was a DBX dealer for awhile. Sorry, but never a fan.
I still think it might be a cap that's leaking and can't hold a charge...
Why don't you remove the DBX unit, and see how it sounds. I've recently got the best cartridge/tonearm lashup II've tried with this turntable, and I'm hearing the least surface noise, yet the cleanest LP sound I've ever had. It would never occur to me to use a DBX unit in my situation.
Turntable is a 50+ year old Garrard 401, arm is old as well, a Dynavector 501. Not a great deal of moey involved, just a great deal of DIY.
Hope you get it figured out, good luck,
Exactly, when i turn up the expansion level, the "popping" starts. In some cases, like in this album, i cant turn the knob even a millimiter without popping, so i assume its related with the frequencies of the song. I will check again if all the caps are ok just in case, but this problem im having its in fact really weird.