There is no way to keep up with this thread!
I have been checking rock for a while now and i have noted that it might be this mastering thing you talk about.
I tried some older Papa roach msuic and it was kinda bad, but then i then tried "Before I die", it sounded great even off youtube.
Ive also tried other groups like linkin park, nickleback, etc, and most of those "teen rock groups" seem to have the same issue.
I then tried some more "older" and softer rock and there was a great difference in this regard.
Unfortunatelly, this HP killed my love for the Group Paramore due to this same reason, even thou i like the singer quite a lot :D.
In fact im starting to get interested in Opera and Classical music a lot more due to these HPs.
If you have access to a vinyl rig, that's the way to go for groups like Paramore imo.
My CD verison of Riot! averages a 5 on the dynamic range meter. I also made a needledrop of my vinyl version (white color, love colored vinyl) and ran a DR value using Foobar and it averaged a 10 (lowest value was 10, with a couple songs 11)
Edited by brokenthumb - 1/25/13 at 12:23pm