One aspect of this discussion that may be relevant is that fiddle based
recordings are much more dependant on decent quality sound.
Our Country dance club uses a Pro quality CD player a 150 W Amp and
speakers if indifferent quality and the result is that recordings which
major on fiddle - and I'll give the specific examples of Fiddlesticks
and Ivory and the Music Makars recordings are not heard to good
advantage. Having bought both for the Club, they dont shine so much on
the club set up. Accordion based recording don't seem to be affected in
the same way.
In my experience of recording the engineers doing the mixing have small
crummy speakers and having mixed on the standard studio speakers they
then check on the crummy ones to ensure the sound is still acceptable
maybe more carefull mixing is required.
A second comment is that the EQ of SCD recordings varies dramatically
and it there fore it is necessary to change the EQ during the evening as
recordings change. This is not only a matter of sound quality for
pleasure, it also affects the ability of those with Hearing Aids to hear
the music satisfactorily.