Re: CD vs Vinyl
No chips in a piece of digital hardware?? That's a first. What makes vinyl superior is that you can get more than what you can pay for. Once you've admitted to using OTA gear and tubes to extract the 'best' from your CD, SACD etc. you've gone into the realm of using distortion techniques to make up for a poor initial sound source in a bid to make it listenable.
The advantage of a turntable is that you can use an ordinary low distortion transistor amp and still get listenable results. You can then move from that base line into using prettier amp gear in order to use 2nd harmonic distortion to enrich the sound in some way for your pleasure.