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Ever had your opinion of an album WILDLY change (in any direction) when you upgraded your gear?

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I'm sure it's happened. I've had a few (for example, old Primus albums) where the details in atmosphere and ambience made tracks feel a lot different, or where the speakers exposed how poorly produced an album was. I'm sure it's fairly common, just wondering what any of you might have that really surprised you.

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...happened to me with Jethro Tull's Broadsword. I listened to it in the 80' on daddy's compact stereo system. Stereo yes, fidelity rather no. When I rediscovered the record I already owned a high end system and I was blown away...
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...also Marillion's Fugazi and Forgotten Sons. On daddy's non-fi gear I clearly preferred the overbrilliant Fugazi and perceived Forgotten Sons as mid- focussed and harsh. Now, on good gear I perceive Fugazi as aggressive and forgotten sons as much more balanced and actually quite good...
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I'd be willing to bet it happens a lot in rock and metal. I've found some albums that, with lower-fi gear, sounded either thin or messy, but with the benefit of clearer speakers suddenly woke up with a vengeance. A few underground black metal albums, believe it or not, sound stellar with good headphones despite their lo-fi recording. 

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The Chili Peppers, sound amazing on crappy gear, for me their music on High End Gear is a little... disappointing, it is how ever some of the greatest crappy car speaker music ever! 

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Originally Posted by Mshenay View Post
 

The Chili Peppers, sound amazing on crappy gear, for me their music on High End Gear is a little... disappointing, it is how ever some of the greatest crappy car speaker music ever!

..yes agree, RHCP is great in cars but not on my home system...
 

Another one that surprised me was Rage against the Machine "killing in the name of"... Great on a huge PA, scrab on hifi, great again on high-end equipment...

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