Apologies if this is a stupid question…
I’ve been archiving a lot of music cds lately, and I have noticed during playback that every once in a while, a disc will have a tiny little squeak at a certain, reproducible place. These “flaws” are actually easier to hear when I’m not listening for them – if I focus on the song, they can be hard to pick out, but if I have the music on while I’m doing something else, then tend to jump out on me.
I should also mention that I can hear the effect when listening on a normal cd player, to the cd on a computer with a variety of drives, or to the wav, flac, or ogg output on the computer.
I guess my question is – is this likely to represent an actual flaw in the disc, even if it’s brand new, is it likely to be present in all copies of a given release, or is it worth returning and requesting another copy?