I gave up buying CDs in the early nineties because they sounded so harsh that I derived no satisfaction from listening to them. I recently bought a new NAD CD player and listened to many of the disks again. I think they do sound somewhat better but there is still something wrong.
I was browsing the local Barns and Noble store and spied some reissues of the Mercury Living Presence recordings. I bought several. These CDs really sound good. The stereo image is excellent. The dynamics is excellent for analog masters. The transfer to CD sounds very clean with only a slight hint of edginess. I have very few CDs that sound this good.