CDs: Not all created equal


All: Over the past year I've renewed my hobby as an audiophile. Its been several years, and I'm getting used to SS equipment and CD playback. The system I've accumulated over the last year is as follows: Threshold Forte Model 3 (200 wpc into 8 ohms) SS amp; Parasound P/LD line-drive preamp; Arcam Alpha 8SE CD/HDCD player; Cambridge Audio Azur 640C CD player (dual Wolfson 24 bit DACs); Audioquest Midnight Hyperlitz III speaker cables & various Audioquest interconnects; Meadowlark Shearwater "Hotrod" loudspeakers and finally, an RBH passive sub with NHT SA-1 Subwoofer amp. I have learned that there is a fairly vast difference in CD quality. All of my HDCDs sound really nice (almost tube/vinyl like, but a little "brighter"), but the standard CDs vary widely. I have a few MSFL 24K gold remasters, and they are pretty nice. I just bought a Fleetwood Mac remaster by Warner Bros. that is nothing short of spectacular, even though there is no indication that it is a 24 bit remaster, etc. Are there certain brands or indicators I should look for to find high quality CDs?? Many thanks.
klipschking
Klipschking- I've created a list of labels that I feel are usually of high(er) quality. Most of these labels are less well known, specialty marketed, and/or imports. Many offer websites detailing their recordering, mixing, mastering, engineering & pressing process. In no way is this list complete, not will your ears mirror mine. I hope this is a useful launcing pad for 'ya to research. Glad we're focusing on music rather than nit-picking gear. Here 'tis:

Atelier Sawano... BluePort... Cardas... Cisco... Clear Audio...
Connecting cultures... DIW... DMP... Eastwind... ECM... Egea...
Eighty-Eight's... Fidelio... FIM... GLM... Groove Note...
Hi res... High End Society... JVC XRCD... Kang King Japan...
Kirkelig... M&I... MA Recordings... Marshmallow... Mobile Fidelity...
NAIM... Opus 3... Pony canyon... Pope... Proprius... Resonant Music...
Silence Records... SHM-CD recordings... Silk Road Music...
Sketch... STS-Digital... Straight Ahead... Stockfisch...
Splasc(h)... SwingBros... Terashima Records... TBM... Tokuma...
Touché... Turtle records... Venus... Ward

Happy Solstice to All!
fyi- Winter Solstice was a Pagan celebration prior to organized religions attempt to assimilate ancient Earth Religions. Midwinter- Winter Solstice based on an astronomical event- is celebrated worldwide. Researching the historical basis of religions is most enlightening, kinda like discovering new music.
"audiophile" engineer? Don't forget to add Johnson of Reference Recordings. No one does it better.
It is exactly because there are so many traditions, from so many cultures, both ancient and modern, that saying "Happy Solstice" is such a smart-a$$ empty phrase, even emptier than an atheist like myself saying "Merry Christmas" out of common courtesy. Nobody that I've ever met in my whole life gives a damn about the solstice.