I've been a jazz fan for years, but only very recently purchased a mid-fi system(NAD C372 amp, NAD C542 CD player, Vandersteen 1 C speakers. LOVE it!) Anyway, after doing nothing but downloading music for the last few years, I venture back into the good 'ol cd store and grab a few jazz cd's, problem is, some sound like sh%$T!
I've got the classics: Kind of Blue, Ultimate Blue Train, Giant Steps, etc., and they sound phenomenal. But I just bought a Sonny Rollins album (Saxophone Colussus) and a Charlie Parker, that only sound ok. I also bought a 2 CD compilation of Ray Charles singing some blues which sounded like bad am radio.
When shopping for CD's, is there any indicator of audiophile recording quality aside from the "20 bit remastered" stuff I see? I just don't want to buy albums that don't sound great on my system.
Thanks in advance