Thank you Harry,
I decoded the file wav on windows and when I play the same file on audacity - the original mp3 file has 3 prominent clippings in 18 seconds, but the wav file (that was output by QMP wav writer plugin) has no clippings. Exact same picture if I play with Totem and VLC player on linux. So it must be something about gnome's decoders <sigh>. I do not have KDE and I am a bit hesitant to install the whole lot of libraries. However, do you think KDE players might help? I thought decoders were more kind of system wide entities?
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Kind of solved.
Thanks again Harry for your suggestions. Otherwise I wouldn't have a clue if hardware is at fault or if it is a software problem.
After some looking for codecs I installed the free .mp3 decoder plugin from Fluendo
. Clipping has disappeared. I just do not know whether there is a mechanism to switch between plugins. How do I tell rhythmbox or totem to use one plugin or the other. Or for that matter - how do I know what plugins they currently use?
Thank you in advance for your kind suggestions.
P.S. This exercise was quite useful in the end. I have another Vangelis album - China. There were a lot of clipping problems there.