I, like you went back to vinyl albeit briefly. I have very similar equipment with the exception being the Parasound phono stage I have. Many of my LPs were still unwrapped as I went on a buying spree just around the time that CDs first were released. The LPs were real inexpensive. Anyway and cutting to the chase here, I was able to A/B many of the records that I have CDs for and while I do agree they sound VERY similar, I found that I've become quite lazy and getting up every 20 minutes to "flip" the LP is not worth the almost undetectable differences. So I think I've come to the conclusion that it's probably time to sell all my vinyl and related gear.
PM me if interested. I'm open to any offer.
When I mentioned the CIA phono stage was the piece I expected to upgrade, my plan has been to upgrade it to a Parasound JC-3. So if that's the Parasound you have, I'm interested. You can email me at email@example.com.
I agree playing vinyl is much more labor intensive than even the old days of plopping a platter on the AR, blowing on the stylus, then playing. Now I dress the stylus, check the strobe and level --- not because I expect the level to have changed, but just because the bubble is there -- place the record and top it with the stabilizer, then let the device lower the arm onto the record. Then there's the VPI record cleaning machine to deal with. It's all part of a ritual that adds to the entertainment. If I want to listen to some music, I go to CD or SACD. Furthermore, I've found the sound of only the expensive kind of vinyl you buy from places like Acoustic Sound to be a bit superior to SACDs. So I agree with your point of view, and if it were not for the beautiful TD 124 I've lusted after since I first saw one and the SME arm with all of its adjustments and dangling weight that intrigues me, I'd be in the totally digital camp too. Vinyl does not stroke the rational in me, and most of my old vinyl has been played many times on the old AR through a Marantz 18 to AR3a speakers, so they are not pristine.
Please let me know about the Parasound.