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How do you know it's 'severely clipped'?
Digital clipping is level > 0dBFS, which manifests visually as a 'flat top' peak between two samples. Having peaks (not plateaus) that come up to, but do not exceed, 0dBFS is not clipping. At low resolution , audio that has been 'maximized' the latter way may look clipped, but zooming in may
show that it's not.
Furthermore, just because there is clipping, does not necessarily mean it's audible clipping...even if it's much more than a few samples.
And finally, there are no concrete rules against it. There are DVDAs and SACDs* that have actual digital clipping , as well as plenty that are 'maximized' via dynamic range compresson. "High resolution" on the label is no guarantee that the audio is 'purist' or has a high dynamic range.
(The SACD 'rules' -- the Scarlet Book specifications -- do discourage extreme loudness, but there are ways around them)