Yeah...I've been afk for a week and came back to find this thread has legs.
new to this; was trying to get across in my first post what it is I'm experiencing and it seems it is a "known issue":
I couldn't agree more, re. having to purchase the best available option, I just wish people would vote with their wallets for higher-res formats than Vinyl and/or CD; or just better produced CD's.
But if the shoe fits...
But yeah, I think it's just a case of being aware of the problems with CD and not actually disregarding it out of hand. The Dynamic Range Database seems to be a ray of hope in all of this.
Thanks for the link; it's fantastic; I had no idea something like that actually existed.
While that might be the case, this guy was attached to the format over and above the content; my intention was to draw a comparison between that and peoples attachment to vinyl. I can't imagine it's easier to press vinyl than it is to produce a DVD-A or at this point, even a Blu-Ray; either of which have the potential to be orders of magnitude greater in quality than either vinyl or CD.
As for whether trying to enhance audio is an evil or a virtue...?...I guess that depends on what your aims are; I know of people who still maintain camera projectors and play films from cinema reel, a format I was more than happy to put behind me the moment I saw IMAX, and not something I'd personally choose over Bluray.
Personally if I could get an AI program that could take poorly produced or badly recorded source material and enhance it to sound like I'm in a studio with the musicians, I'd be absolutely delighted. Although I know of at least one experimental musician for whom the idiosyncrasies of the various media he uses (such as - for example - floppy disc) is part of his creation and his use of it in such cases is an artistic choice, I don't think corruption of sound due to media limitations is a stylistic choice for the majority of bands/artists and I can't think their aim was/is to produce poor quality recordings; I think for the most part it comes down purely to market forces.