I've often noticed something very frustrating about CDs affected by the loudness war - and it has nothing to do with the poor quality audio. Instead, it pertains to the actual loudness (high RMS levels). Many discs are impossible to enjoy at a reasonable level on my system, because my amp's volume control doesn't give me enough control at the bottom end of its range. At the lowest position, the disc sounds way too quiet, and just one notch above, it's uncomfortably loud. I know you can buy in-line attenuators from companies like Rothwell, but I'm too much of a cheapskate. So I've actually imported some CDs into Adobe Audition, knocked down the gain by 10dB or so, and burnt CD-R copies for more comfortable listening. It's pretty annoying that the consumer is forced to create workarounds for the music industry's intentionally shoddy products.