Nothing can undo the effects of compression/limiting.
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Tubes (EL34) + room treatment (if too lively or have any slap echo, and at least treat first reflection points) + Cardas Cross/ Golden Cross cables + baffle edge anti-diffraction device (as sold by Jim Goulding) + CD treatment (such as Le Art du Son) + speaker toe-in adjustment (so not pointing so directly at you) + subwoofers (at least two, unless your mains already go to 20-25Hz on their own) + dangle a paper towel over your tweeters.
I've tried all of these things. They all had some kind of positive effects for playing those crappy CDs, but some of them detracted from the quality sound of good CDs, so I now only listen to those crappy CDs from another room or in my truck.
Now, I think I'd rather listen to it the way I imagine the band sounded like "live" in the studioYou would have to have a huge imagination to hear what the band sounded like "live" in the studio.Most recordings are done in bits and pieces with one musician at a time then mixed to thr final product.Notice I said "most" not "all".