Re: vinyl vs CD
Jesus, not this tripe again. All multi-track recordings are done in the digital domain these days. If you want to go crazy batshit insane, you can even do it in floating-point 32-bit 192kHz format.
The mixdown to the stereo master is again done in the digital domain.
If you want to hear the resultant sound at its most accurate, listen to the raw digital stereo master through a high quality DAC. The amplifier choice is pretty much inconsequential at the mid-to-top end of the range. Speakers have to be pretty good, though.
Why then, would you take that 'perfect' product and scratch it onto the surface of a spinning plastic disc in analogue form? Even worse, why would you expect such distortions (EASILY reproduced digitally), combined with crap like dust and static electricity discharges, to sound 'better'?
Bog standard 44.1kHz / 16-bit CD quality is as good as it gets, and it costs pennies to get it right.
Even Ivor Tiefenbrun of Linn Products had to admit defeat: