Irritating pop recordings........why bother listening to poorly recorded c**p while you worry about 24 vs 32 bit resolution?
As a professional guitarist, I know how much processing, compression and distortion enter into the recording process.
Thus, for my personal listening I focus on well recorded acoustic jazz.
Better musicians, better music, better recordings.
Of course, YMMV and IMHO.
I agree that bad recordings shouldn't exist and as a consumer I tend to spend my $$$ on well recorded music. Maybe wishful thinking but hopefully artists and the recording industry will eventually get the message just like the food industry with sodium, preservatives, trans fat, etc
There's a lot of good older jazz that unfortunately sounds cr*ppy as well. One thing that bothers me and sometimes makes me question my audio quest is that I find myself listening to certain music for "the sound" and not for the actual music. I try desperately to avoid this.
I prefer listening to rock or some good but poorly recorded jazz on my very forgiving "thick sounding" car stereo than to listen to Jazz at the Yawnshop on a $$$ home system.
That's why I try and tweak my system for a balance between revealing and musical and search out the best mastered version of a particular recording whether that be Stravinsky, The Duke or Mick & Keith.
Hopefully my next DAC will bring me one step closer to that perfect balance. (keeping my post on topic)
Edited by Turn&cough - 12/26/13 at 8:32am