I think your going to find out that it's a matter of opinion around here. Vinyl has really taken a come-back from 08 when I joined Head-Fi. Still you have your CD listeners too. It really just depends what avenue you want to go down, both have their good and bad points.
I remember back in 1972, when I purchased my first Hi-Fi system, there were only a couple of ways to enjoy recorded music, one of those was of course a record player and the others were reel to reel, or tuners. My first record player was a 70 dollar BSA Record Changer fitted with a Shure Cartridge. For amplification, I bought a Marantz 2230 Receiver. After 6 years of upgrades I settled on a Sony PS-4750 turntable which I still use today. It is fitted with a Shure V15 type V. At any rate, today I have most every device out there to play music in just about any format it might be stored. I can't really tell what sounds better but I do know iTunes downloads stored within my iTunes Library sound as good as SACD played from my Sony DVP-S9000ES. That player is now 13 years old however and it will no longer play the stereo SACD layer on some recently purchased hybrid SACD's. It only plays the CD layer. Yet, since I have some hybrid SACD's which I have never enjoyed in multi channel in that my DVP-S9000ES will not play multi-channel, I am thinking a new multi-channel SACD player might be something to replace my current player which cannot be repaired. Some of these players are expensive though and I wonder if I am about to invest in passing technology. I do not have so many multi-channel SACD's that a new player is necessary so It would be no big loss to not have a SACD player once mine gives it up. I could just get a universal player perhaps.
Edited by sterling1 - 4/22/13 at 3:16pm