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I used to clip the converters but I don't do that much anymore. Maybe if there's an insane amount of loudness wanted.
The common wisdom was that you shouldn't slam a digital limiter too hard or everything sounds squashed, but I'm finding this is less true today. A modern limiter such as the Pro-L sounds crazy clean with a lot of limiting. I have no idea how the limiters today are done, but I'm glad they work.
I've ran versions where I used both clipping and digital limiting, and then a clean version with more digital limiting for equal loudness, and the digitally limited version sounds just cleaner and the transients are way better pronounced.
This is a good situation, and also much more future-proof, since the 24bit backups I keep with zero limiting don't have A/D clipping on them. Just good sounding audio.