Well, now that I figured out that foobar has been messing with the volumes, I will need to re-listen to evening to find out if there is indeed something "off" about the box sets. I realize that the Chinese boxes may be counterfeit (since the printing on the booklets is a little blurry in places) but at the same time, I'm still hoping they are not. And to be honest, I don't want to invest a lot of time trying to prove to myself that I'm gullible. I'd rather just rug-sweep the legitimacy issue for now (assuming the sound has sorted itself out), and meanwhile prepare myself for buying the next Bowie set at full price when it comes out later this year. After all, some day there will be a "Complete Bowie" box set which repackages everything yet again, with better sound quality, larger booklets, and even more unreleased tracks. And I'll buy it all again then. So if I goof up now and then on the way, well, it's like the old days where I sometimes received poor-quality tapes from traders; the bad sound bothered me, but those tapes were just a stepping stone to buying the real thing (which my collector's impulse compelled me to buy eventually). The record companies will get my money in the end. They always do. Multiple times. But I guess David Bowie won't, which is a shame!