How do you know whether or not an unsavory sound of what you might be hearing comes from your system revealing a poor recording, or your system falling short of an accurate reproduction of the music?
Last night I listened to a CD of something that I knew was intentionally recorded and mixed with quite a bit of distortion. Today, however, it was so much easier to listen to using Apple Music and some $60 Klipsh earbuds. While listening to my setup at home, the sounds that were recorded “too hot” or distorted were very obvious, where using the headphones and playing the ripped tracks from my work computer made everything sound nice, homogenized and unoffensive.
While it might be easy to assume it’s the headphones and Apple processing cleaning up the dirt, I think we all can agree that some things sound better on our systems than others. And because something doesn’t sound great on your setup, it doesn’t mean it was poorly recorded or mixed, but perhaps it falls out of scope of how your system was tailored to your liking.