The CD format is significantly more powerful in what it can do than a vinyl release. There really is no argument there. The problem arises from the fact that since so much more is possible, there are alot of new ways to cause problems that did not exist before. There are also alot of new ways to make it sound significantly better, that did not exist before. If all the dynamic range was squeezed out of a vinyl release to the degree that is done today, the needle would not be able to track properly. It would literally pop out of its groove. A laser doesn't have this problem.... what does this mean? It means you can have much sharper transients, more realistic attacks & decays, more definition, more transparency. It also means you can squash all the life out of it, and still have it playback without problems (besides headaches from the listener). "With great power, must also come great responsibility."