I find that certain labels are consistently good, and I pretty much limit my purchases to those labels. FWIW, they are also consistently expensive :-(
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What genre of music are you most fond of? Perhaps I(or others) can make some suggestions. There are labels that consistantly put out quality CDs in just about all of them(Rap and Punk may be exceptions-No loss). I buy a lot of discs from these guys: (http://www.elusivedisc.com/) and, of course, there are others that stock/sell high quality CDs and vinyl as well. Here is a site you may find interesting: (http://www.digido.com/misc-content/honor-roll.html) It lists a number of well recording CDs and the amount of compression used in their processing.
Well, what I like is all over the place. Being 61 years old and I basically quit listening to new music when the Beatles broke up. So. early/mid/later 60's to Neil Diamond, Simon and Garfunkle, I have been hooked on some of the Southern Soul Otis Redding (what I call Slow Screwing music)some classical.
If I can provide any other information to lead in the the proper direction.
Our music tastes are different but I have found the best source for not only the performance but also the quality of the sound to be books dedicated to just that. For classical works the Grammophone Classical Music Guide, a yearly publication, has not steered me wrong. Penguin is the oldest and probably most popular guide and there are a host of others. I would imagine that someone puts out a reputable annual reference for the genre that you listen to. I agree that in general if you read the reviews on Amazon you end up with a pretty good idea of not only what is well done musically but what was well recorded. Good luck.