Fred99:ilovemusic: nice thread crap.
if you guys are finding "fancy systems" make music unlistenable you are doing it wrong.
a good system will show you deficiencies in a recording but won't beat you over the head with them.
I consider this being beaten over the head. Same track from same master, different release dates, these both lossless flac from CDs:
Top is original, bottom a remaster.
If the music had been altered from the original it is in effect a remaster, whether the record company brags about it or not.
It looks like a competitor in the loudness wars.
More details ?
It will be interesting to hear the new Beatles Mono analogue remasters when they are released on vinyl in Sept.
The previous stereo digital remasters suffered from a bit too much EQ tweaking, the mono not so much.