I would have to agree with you. The quality of of the original is very important and what was done with it. I purchased a lot of Doug Sax's cd's when he was in business and for the most part I liked them. Some of his albums are breath taking. I have compared some of the DCC jazz and the Mobile Fidelity cds to the JVC XRCD directly. The XRCD seem to have something missing. Technically they are really good reproductions but they seem to rip the soul out of the music. How the heck they managed that I have no idea. I own a few of the XRCD but look for the same material on labels like Analogue Productions, DCC, Mobile Fidelity etc. These labels as well as others seem to have done a better job at capturing the soul of the music rather than just the music. P.S.: There are some unnamed labels in the marketplace that don't capture any of the artists intentions. They are strictly profit orientated. Why would music sales be in a slump???? HMMMM!!! Bad Quality - Bad Music - High prices usually means POOR SALES. Just my humble opinion.