I don't want to come back after being gone so long and get into another row, but I'm not having this
I'm no longer as much of an anorac about music and sound as I once was, but it's still a passionate subject and speaking both objectively and subjectively, the listening experience of vinyl compared to cd or worse yet, MP3s/streams is far superior - and it doesn't take a top of the range sound system to get the benefit either. A straight forward technics 1210 (or anything comparable) with a simple amp and monitors is more than enough to hear the difference. More than enough.
Subjectively, I have a vinyl collection of about 2500 records (which used to be more until I started selling it off) and thousands of CDs and digital/downloaded tracks - the only time I'll ever listen to CDs or digital tracks is in the car or on the move. In the house and to fully appreciate an album it would always be vinyl, unless I'm busy and doing stuff at the same time. It's night and day.
Objectively, and I'm leaning on a sound engineering diploma from over 10 years ago here, so bear with me - but there must be resources online that will explain this better than I ever can - I'm sure you will be aware that anything that is not analogue is a sample. It doesn't matter how many samples per second you are getting, it's still a sample. So there is part of the sound wave missing, which means there's a loss of sound and harmonics.
Listening side by side to a cd/MP3 and vinyl you will notice the difference right away, there is such a loss of depth.
The only music you are less likely to notice this with is R&B and hip hop, because they are uber compressed to make them sound 'louder' (which they don't - it's just compressed wave which gives your everyday philistine the impression of a 'louder' recording when all the are doing is compressing waveforms and as a result losing even MORE harmonics and resonance, and cutting off more of the instruments before the sound has fully played out, this making the music sound doubly as bad.
So if your cd collection extends to beyonce or Kanye west, by all means continue listening to an APPROXIMATION of music, but you are missing out of a far greater and richer experience - which is fine for those who are not interested, but to say vinyl is no greater than those other mediums is incorrect.