Originally Posted by Jack Doph
There's a lot of truth in that statement, even if classical music still represents the widest dynamic range (at times of more than 100db) - engineers will use compression to limit this, just to satisfy the average listener so the sound can still be heard in a bad acoustic environment (eg. in a car etc.).
I think you need dynamic range compression for a lot music - especially classical. Otherwise, you can get blown out of your chair by some of the transitions.