Hevi makes a very good point, with regard to the effort put into the production/mastering etc. I believe something similar exists with so called "high rez" DVD-A, and SACD's, .. whereby the engineering in general, from the handling of the original source material, mix, transfer and mastering process, and subsequent release on the high rez disc is the primary reason why many of us prefer the SACD (for me) format. Just the overall care and effort put forth is first rate. As I understand it, the Red Book rez is perfectly adequate, ... if executed properly.
Many good points about vinyl.
Additionally, there's something to be said for pulling out the record, placing it on the platter, cleaning, etc,... carefully cueing up the music, and finally going back and sitting down to relax and listen.
It's a singularly purposeful procedure, that's quite therapeutic I feel, and oftentimes it focuses one to the entire act of listening for immersive enjoyment, ... as opposed to the clearly more handy CD/SACD playback. There's significance to the entire placebo effect of the vinyl thing, ... I moved away from vinyl in the mid 80's, and have not looked back. My Oppo BDP95 serves me well thank you. When I compare my current front end to my first generation Sony or Denon rigs from the mid 80's, there's a wonderful difference that's easily discerned. Myself, wanting better and better playback upon making the plunge into CD, I progressed through a litany of players/outboard DACs/Jitter reduction pieces, ... until the tech matured nicely. Denon, Sony, Cal Audio Labs (tube), Audio Alchemy, then Sony and Denon again. I've still got essentially every piece of audio gear I've owned, ...including my turntables
somewhere, seriously, no clue.
Vinyl can be very good, for sure. I enjoy seeing younger folks at my local Fry's mega-store, peruse the vinyl and look at it in amazement. They've got a collectors section of picture discs, and combo sets, etc, .. it looks pretty cool.
Give me state of the art digital playback any time. However, yes, there's something to be said about the entire vinyl playback process,