[QUOTE=ivid;2533686]CD’s rule. I have a high end NAD CD player. Nothing compares, except vinyl or an even higher-end CD player.
As mentioned above I also prefer to own the original in its best quality (CD) and rip it to the formats I need.
There is no DRM on iTunes anymore Grim…
redk9258 maybe your equipment isn’t up to snuff but alot of modern music is wonderfully mastered…[/QUOTE]
My equipment is fine otherwise all CDs would sound bad. People seem to have gone tone deaf. Since around 1990 the sound quality of recoreded music has gone backwards. All in effort to have the loudest sound. Most CDs are mastered with the level so high, most of the dynamic range is gone. Watch this video for an example- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Gmex_4hreQ.
“Remastered” CDs suck because of how much compression is used. Now on the other hand, CDs put out by Mobile Fidelity and other labels like them sound great because they try to preserve the original sound of the master tape.
BTW, I have several hundred LPs and I’ll take the sound of a properly mastered CD over LP any day. However I do prefer a clean LP over a poorly mastered CD.