So how can a great system solve less than great recordings

It seems no matter how good a system is, the quality of recording quality takes priority.

Formsome reason nobody talks about challenges of making older recordings sound better.  Classics from 70s and 80s are amazing tunes, but even remastered editions still cant make sound qualiity shortcomings all better.  Profoundly sad.  Some older stuff sounds quite good but lots of stuff is disturbing.

1 - faithfulness to a person, cause, or belief, demonstrated by continuing loyalty and support. Eg: "he sought only the strictest fidelity to justice”.
similar: Loyalty allegiance obedience constancy fealty homage staunchness
2 - the degree of exactness with which something is copied or reproduced."the 1949 recording provides reasonable fidelity"
I don’t see much in the way of truth here. You can be faithful to a lie, as our political culture has resoundingly demonstrated. So, as a general rule, what purpose does a conflation between loyalty and “truth” serve? 
I would guess you need two systems. Or atleast an EQ.
The better system you have, the worse those crap recordings will sound.

Most systems owners, even those with extremely expensive esoteric systems, have never heard completely flawless sound reproduction.  It is a fantastic jaw dropping experience, and a life changing event.  I've heard a lot of systems but let's talk about "really good" systems then, to be realistic. If you get a crappy recording, you will hear all its defect BETTER.  It might be more objectionable.  You might never listen to an mp3 again.  When you put on a good recording, you will always hear some defect.  Nothing is perfect.  It depends on the resolution of your system.  You will enjoy it more.  So in conclusion, you will throw out more junk and appreciate the good stuff and enjoy it more. 90% of my record collection was junk. Which is more important, systems or media?  Neither. 


Of course not. . . 

.  . . but an EQ might make enough of a difference to move something from the "unlistenable" to the "listenable" category. 

Should this matter to you?

If there's music you really love that's only available in a format with relatively poor SQ, it might. 

I've found the under $200 Schiit Loki useful in this regard.