I recently finished buying all the components for my home setup: A JVC QL-A5 direct drive turntable (vintage) with a very crappy "Le.son LM 180C" cartridge (that I will replace in the near future), a very nice NIKKO STA 7070 speaker amp (almost perfect condition), a DVD player that I use to play CDs (with very good SQ) and the Beyerdynamic DT 880 Pro 250 Ohm.
My thoughts on vinyl are somewhat mixed. I have 15 LP records but I want to discuss something about these: "In The Court Of The Crimson King" by King Crimson (original US 1969 copy, very good + condition), "Innervisions" by Stevie Wonder (original 1973 Tamla copy, near mint condition), "The Turn Of A Friendly Card" by The Alan Parsons Project (original 1980, german copy, very good + condition) and "Spiral" by Vangelis (original 1977 french copy, good + condition).
The first of these that I listened was "In The Court Of The Crimson King" and I was shocked at how bad it sounded. At first I thought that it was because of the cartridge, but then I started listening to other LPs and I noticed that it wasn't the only reason. The record was originally released in the UK by Island Records, but I have the US copy released by Atlantic Records and I've heard that that lable is known for using crappy PVC to print LPs. Maybe that is one reason, maybe it was dirty too, but IDK because everything was distorted in the upper frequencies and on dynamic passages. Then I listened to the original french copy of "Spiral" by Vangelis, (the LP disk has a lot of marcs and scratches). Oh my god! It sounded incredible! The only problem was excessive background noise, but there was no distortion whatsoever although it was heavily damaged. Then I listened to "The Turn Of A Friendly Card" by APP and the sound quality was 1000 times superior than CD. Then I realized it was a german copy of the album. Then, after all this, I listened to "Innervisions" which is a near mint copy and I wasn't impressed at all (it was very good, but not nearly as good as the APP album).
What did I make from all this? I think that depending on the country in which the album was pressed, the quality will be better or worse. All my albums are US copies except "The Turn Of A Friendly Card", "Spiral" and "Peter Gabriel (1)" and I can say that all three sounded a lot better than the others.
Well, finally I concluded that vinyl is superior than CD (even while using a crappy cartridge). All vinyl records that I listened to have been previously heard on CD, so I have some kind of confirmation. The biggest difference between lps and cds IMO is that vinyl has a much larger soundstage which made the DT 880 sound amazingly clear and focused (although analog is known for that laid-back treble). CDs on the other hand are very clear sounding but the bass is not that tight and controlled and the soundstage is quite smaller; I find it harder to imagine the placement of the instruments with CDs. For your information, I listened to all analog and digital recordings through the same amp and with the same headphone. Besides, the turntable circuits are somewhat rusty, whereas the DVD player is completely new, and its RCA cables are new as well.
Ok I don't know if you agree or you don't, but feel free to post your opinion if you so desire. I'd like to hear everyone's point of view.
PD: excuse me if my english is not perfect, I'm not a native speaker