I am tired of the *beep* surrounding digital and how great it is. CD's cut off at around 17khz, and are intentionally compressed. In Dire Strait's Money for Nothing, there's a whole layer of sound effects missing from the beginning of the song because of that cut off.
If you have heard a true analog to analog live recording of say a classical concert, if was mixed properly, there's a sense of extended range, or "air" or spaciouness that CD's cannot duplicate. It does slightly better when the source is analog.
PM me for the email address, I challenge you to compare the two distinct versions of the Train song I was talking about. If you are into country music, I have Jimmy Wayne's Do You Believe Me Now as a 45 also.
I agree with you about bad mastering, 90% of what's out there is unlistenable, half the time, it seems they can't even get stereo right.
I am using 1940's full range tube theater amplifiers rated @125 watts as my main source of amplification. These amps bring out EVERYTHING that is wrong with CD's today. I have run frequency sweeps on these amps, and my roommate's seven year old screams when it runs above 17khz because it hurts her ears. So I do know what they are capable of.
Your thoughts on frequency response, etc?
How about some a/b comparisons of some songs and response testing?