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