No kidding.. the one (other) thing that HeadFi has done (besides regularly liquidate my wallet), is enlighten me to the world of poorly mastered recordings (a world that's busting at the seams, apparently). I still enjoy the music.. but now having gear which resolves that much more definitely makes the listening experience (with those recordings) a bit less enjoyable.
It's startling how many musicians respect their (recorded) art so much.. but let it get delivered to out ears in such shabby, lazy ways.
I assume that the artists aren't as deeply involved in the final cut as they could be. Then again, maybe they are, but how they don't hear their own distortion is beyond me.
Try Metallica's "Death Magnetic". I pretty much can't listen to it (on anything), because it is clipped right to hell. Its actually quite sad.
Why is the music biz able to do this?