I was doing some reference listening through some recent CD purchases the other night. I was shocked at how much distortion is on vocals and acoustic instruments on some CD's. Some specific examples: 1. Alison Kraus and Union Station: Should have been a nice dynamic, clean recording. Instead the vocals and mandolin are seriously distorted. The overall RMS level rides between -4.5 and -3 dBFS! That is louder than Godsmack or Dr Dre!!! 2. Paul McCartney: Flaming Pie: Distorted vocals! 3. The Wallflowers fisrt CD, Sounds great, plenty of dynamics, no distortion. Don't these guys havce access to decent monitors? Its not even pleasent to listen to the 1st 2 CDs except on a hyped hi fi (sound quality wise).