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Why and how is it that a 384Kb straight-stereo MP2 file encoded from a 25-year old CD can sound like bubbling metal when played as "fake quad" in SQ or QS mode on my dad's Sansui QRX7500, but another encoded using the same parameters, sourced from a modern 96Kb Youtube MP4 audio track can sound perfect? It's a British CD of 80s new-wave hits versus a Youtube file of a Bruce Springsteen song, played on a "PONO" device (i.e. Neil Young's wet dream [rant about this thing's design to come later]). Were they *really* striking CDs from low-bitrate lossy compressed audio files or getting overly carried away with noise reduction way back then like they all do now?