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I think the average LP will beat the average CD in sound quality, although things may even out, if you look at these a few years after purchase/use. Much of this is becuase CDs usually are compressed so badly. But LPs wear as they are played.
But, if you take a well mastered CD (especially DVD-A or SACD), vs. a well mastered LP, than the CD would win out becuase of it's lack of hiss, pops, etc. Because of LP degradation, the CD would gain even greater advantage as time goes on.
I think the CD medium has greater potential but suffers from generally poor mastering and over compression.
These are my thoughts in general. Of course some will cite music/artists that sound so much better on LP, and they will be right. LP is a great match for some type of sounds.