The columbia SACDs of "Kind of Blue" and "Timeout" are very badly recorded. I had to crack the volume up to +1 to get anything out. The Telarc SACDs are recorded fine though. I'm thinking of returning the Columbia ones.
Don't have that sacd, but I doubt it's the case. The opposite is true though, modern records are compressed to hell and have no dynamic range, but they're LOUD, so yeah, you don't need to put a lot of volume for them to play loud, but that's not an advantage over a well engineered record.
Just the fact that you said they don't 'play loud' hints that they have a better sound quality than you normal craptastic records. In fact it doesn't matter at all, unless you're at max volume of your amp and you still aren't loud enough... But otherwise, just up the volume a little and enjoy. What sucks aren't those records, it's the other piece of **** records with piss poor sound compression & no dynamic range.http://createdigitalmusic.com/2007/0...ed-on-youtube/
So many good records were totally ruined because of that... If people start to get refunds for well engineered cds because they aren't LOUD......... It should be the other way around, return your other garbage cds with no dynamic range and piss poor sound quality.... Sorry if I sound harsh, but it pisses me off when I like music that I can't listen to because of some dickhead who overcompressed the cd... When that happens, it'll always sound like ****, no matter if you've got Sierras or POS BM speakers...