Don't get me wrong - I use and enjoy both analog and digital sources. But in my quest for the ultimate audio experience I would hope that manufacturers would be trying to get me as close as possible to the live event, or at least the master tape, and not some approximation of an incredibly flawed and finicky reproduction medium.
I will say this, placing a record on the turntable, cleaning it, cleaning the stylus and gingerly placing it on the record, then sitting down to listen without the aid of a remote control to flip between songs results in a very involving experience. And yes, some records sound better than CD's - but not all. And of course with the current levels of compression used in todays digital music there is nothing natural about it at all.