Originally Posted by Dreamliner
The vast majority of the public wouldn't know audio quality if it hit them over the head, as evidenced by extremely poor quality music download widely available (iTunes, Amazon, etc).
Which basically means you either have to buy CDs and/or vinyl LPs. In my location there's only a very limited selection of CDs that I like available, and LPs are not available at all. That's also rather subjective, how good the equipment is and how good your ears are IMO, e.g. if one a golden-eared hi-fi purist or not. I'm completely happy with high-bitrate MP3s, sounds fine to me.