I have been reading about the early CD players and found that the 1985 ish players from Philips gave a near analoge sounding reproduction. When japan started to compete in building CD players, it was noted by Philips that these players had the top end sounds tailed off, making this, so called, smoother sound. Reviewers of these machines built in Japan praised the performance and sound quality. One of the articles makes a note that when a technical insider at Philips was asked why they had changed the sound on the next range, to emulate,this Japanese smooth sound, he was told that because the competition were being rated very highly by the reviews, that a decission was made to follow them down that road. I for one think this was a very bad judgement by Philips, as today vintage CD players are sought after because of the analoge sounding reproduction, and the fact that it is nearer to the actual musicians recording. One intersting reason the reviewers gave for liking the Japanese sound was the fact that the Philips players gave too much information to the listener! This is backed up by references to Violin playing being harsh, and musicians used on some recordings having flaws in performance, which were highlighted on the Philips players. So, not only do reviewers have the power to increase sales of hifi equipment, it appears they also have the power to override how the CD was mixed and laid down by the recording engineers. On Rubber Soul, by the Beatles the track 'Nowhere man', has a cock up in the studio recording where one channel stops for a second or two, and the drummer..who may not have been Ringo, cocks up the beat for a few seconds. But, this was a single session, as it was recording, pressed and release..warts and all. Authentic, the real thing, and for me a better listen. IMO that's how it should be. It makes you wonder if we would be still listening to the original Philips crisp,clear analogue sound had reviewers not made their subjective preferences known?