I'm one of those who never stopped playing vinyl. Vinyl is part of my music library. I do think vinyl gets a bad rap here from some. I will say to get the best out of vinyl you have to be somewhat OCD. However in a good system a listener should not know if its vinyl or CD. I have plenty of discs that do not make a pop or crackle.\n\nUnless you really want to look for music that never made it to CD, then I'm not sure I would get into it now. It is a lot more trouble, but I might. I do sometimes buy a rare album, but more often than not it disappoints as the disc was not looked after.\n\nBut certainly vinyl is capable of very high fidelity indeed. Better than digital no. If it does sound different, then some audiophool is enamored with some exotic high priced turntable and cartridge that actually is aberrant. I note there are plenty of those around these days.\n\n\nI stopped listening to vinyl, but never got rid of the turntable and LPs- I just didn't want extra boxes in and on my rack but since music is mastered for LP and should be mastered differently for CDs, I think it would be difficult for an LP to sound identical to a CD, even if it could. I do hear a difference in the mid-bass, though. That area seems a bit thin on many CDs and digitally recorded\/streamed music and I don't use MP3 unless the resolution is high. \n\nLP vs CD\/digital recording isn't really an apples to apples comparison because of the inherent differences.\n\nI have seen a Dust Bug in your photos- how do you clean your LPs? I know someone who's a sales rep for audio equipment and he doesn't understand the technical aspects of this stuff, sound, room setup, acoustics, etc- when I try to explain why something isn't as he says, he usually uses "it's experiential" as his response. He has a Nitty Gritty record cleaner and when I looked inside in order to replace the velvet 'lips' on the suction slot, it was like a bad science fair project- total crap. I'll try to find photos of that joke. They retailed for about $850. He borrowed a different one from a friend and said it was as if a veil had been lifted from the sound. It had a pair of spinning rollers that looked like the ones in the photo, but the stripes were red.