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I used to feel like you did about audio quality (and I don't even care about lyrics, I really am listening for the music itself), but once you get a nice set of speakers and balance them properly (preferably using one of the auto-balancing receivers that use a microphone and test signals), it really does make you appreciate it more. I find myself wanting to listen to music more when I hear on my nice speakers at home as opposed to my crappy-but-comfortable earphones at work.

However, I am listening mostly to music from the last 5-10 years, so there is that.

Music from the last 5-10 years is largely damaged by the loudness war (which is a pity, since there's been a lot of good music in the last ten years!): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loudness_war

>Music from the last 5-10 years is largely damaged by the loudness war

It really depends on who you're listening to. For example, this LP and ones like it will reduce you to tears of joy on expensive headphones, and as you can see from the waveform nobody is telling amon tobin how to compress his tunes:


Especially check out the second track, which starts at around 6:40. Although that is obviously a 128 kbit/s preview stream. Get the CD.

And also the incredibly over-mastered bass in the last 15 years.

I believe it started because people wanted their car stereo to sound like their home CD, so sound engineers started to over-emphasise the bass, to bias it for radio, which led to a vicious circle.

I can't listen to anything post 2000 on my very good home sound system because the bass is so over-emphasised.

Maybe so, but I the point the parent comment was making was that the difference was in recording quality (especially since the parent comment referred to the quality of recordings up to 90 years old).

Only if you're listening to Top 40 hacks.

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