Does Anyone Think CD is Better Than Vinyl/Analog?


I am curious to know if anyone thinks the CD format (and I suppose that could include digital altogether) sounds better than vinyl and other analog formats. Who here has gone really far down both paths and can make a valid comparison? So far, I have only gone very far down the CD path and I just keep getting blown away by what the medium is capable of! I haven’t hit a wall yet. It is extremely dependent on proper setup, synergy and source material. Once you start getting those things right, the equipment gets out of the way and it can sound more fantastic than you can imagine! It’s led me to start developing a philosophy that goes something like this: Digital IS “perfect sound forever”; it’s what we do to the signal between the surface of the CD and the speaker cone that compromises it.” 
So I suppose what I’m asking for is stories from people who have explored both mediums in depth and came to the conclusion that CD has the most potential (or vice versa - that’s helpful too). And I don’t simply mean you’ve spent a lot of money on a CD player. I mean you’ve tinkered and tweaked and done actual “research in the lab,” and came back with a deep understanding of the medium and can share those experiences with others.

In my experience, the three most important things to get right are to find a good CD player (and good rarely means most expensive in my experience) and then give it clean power. In my case, I have modified my CD player to run off battery power with DC-DC regulators. The last thing that must be done right is the preamp. It’s the difference between “sounds pretty good” and “sounds dynamic and realistic.”
mkgus
When both are good recorded and well pressed, in general LPs sound better than CDs. 
In my experience, the variance of the quality of recordings and pressings on LPs are much wider than CDs, which make some badly recorded and pressed LPs sound worse than CDs.
To compare apple to apple, late 50s ~ 70s LPs with original pressing will definitely sound better than corresponding CDs.
For many digital recordings in early 80s, CDs and LPs do not sound much different. Both are pretty bad.
It varies for sub $20 LPs released new recently -- some sound much better than CDs (like Norah Jones Come Away) but others don't differ much (like most of Diana Krall's albums).
All audiophile pressing will sound better on LPs than CDs. 
Most new LP albums costing over $40 sound better than CDs. I have Talyor Swift's Folklore whose LP sounds better than CD. Same with most of Patricia Barber's albums.
However, some audiophile CDs (costing $40 or more) sound really good. For example, I have 'Best Audiophile Voices' I ~ VII. They all sound superb, but unfortunately they did not release LPs so I cannot compare. 

These are my experiences on Esoteric UZ-1 ($1500 used, $4000 new) and Clearaudio Bluemotion ($1200) with Audio Technica AT150mlx cartridge ($500) with Magi Phonomenal phono premap ($1000). 
Audio2design, that is the answer you would expect by theory. No big surprise.
Jeecc, If you like DVD and Blu Ray then you should check out sites like HD Tracks and Acoustic Sounds were you can buy and download Hi Res digital files to your hard drive.
Antigrunge2, the beauty about computers is that they do not pay attention to noise. They only know about numbers. They ignore noise. I use a Berkley Audio Design Alpha USB which keeps any noise from the DACs which if built correctly should ignore noise anyway. I had a very expensive Aurender in my system for a week and there was absolutely no difference between it and the computer. My own take on the noise issue in digital equipment is that it is more audiophile mythology. Noise is only a problem with analog units and sections. You take a Mac Mini with a  big processor, lots of memory and a big hard drive with Channel D's Pure Music program and you get the same performance and much more capability than a $22,000 Aurender. 
Talk about beating a dead horse!
Some like the benefits of digital and some like the benefits of vinyl.
And many appreciate both.
How many times must we rehash this subject?
My opinion, which I have shared before, is that vinyl is a visceral experience and digital an intellectual one.
In my music room I prefer the visceral. In my office I prefer the intellectual.
mglik, that is an interesting distinction. I have a feeling it has to do with the type of music you play in a working atmosphere vs the type of music you might play head banging with yourself. In my universe that distinction does not hold but hey why should I care.
This topic comes up and some very odd notions are expressed that should be addressed for what they are. This is a discussion. Very few of us have any irons in the fire or conflicts of interest. Those that have more knowledge on the subjects at hand should correct misunderstanding before some id--t try's to make a profit on it.