My band Ziusudra
was working on a CD back in 1998. I remember thinking that it should be as loud as possible to compete with other CDs that were getting louder. Unfortunately, the studio went broke, and we never got it mixed down and finished.
I often would buy a CD if there was something good playing on the radio (seems rare now), and I would buy it knowing it would sound much better than it did on FM radio. Sometime in the 2000s, I started noticing a few CDs that I'd bought sounded just as bad as they did on the radio! Also started having problems with PCs and the way the audio cards are setup to automatically "enhance" the sound. At some point, I didn't know if the problem was the original CD or the computer's audio card properties.
This is why I still have a 2-channel stereo system at home. At least, when it's working ok, I have a good idea of the true sound of the CD.
Now, when I bought "Death Magnetic"
for my wife, that was an eye-opener! I still can't believe they released that album with all the clipping/distortion/brickwalling. So ever since, I've been wary of remasters and most new CDs. I miss the CD sound from the 80's and 90's!!