With all due respect, vinyl is not the best quality, while it has a rich and warm sound to it, it is inferior quality to Audio DVD or even Audio CD.
Everyone has a right to their own opinion.
If you were to look at a snap shot of the wave form on an oscilloscope, you would see that your standard audio CD has steps while vinyl has information within that space. It's like comparing TV to film. If you adjust the brightness, constast and tint on your TV then stand back, it might just look better than film. It's all an illusion. But if you get up close, then you can see the scanning lines. HDTV is an improvement. Audio DVD (LPCM) format is closer to the capabilities of vinyl, and has twice the quality of CD. With todays computers, it's now possible to produce digital sound better than vinyl, but the format they chose for CD 25 years ago wasn't.
The final result really all depends on a number of things, the quality during recording, mixing, pressing the vinyl, your stylus & cartridge, stereo and speakers. Since 99.9% of the stereos today aren't even as quality as your standard CD, there's no way you could hear the difference. A chain is only as strong as it's weakest link.
If you listen to old music from the early 60's, or even a 10th pressing of your favorite vinyl, then it'll sound like crap compared to a remastered CD. I have albums like The Doors L.A. Woman and Eric Clapton Slowhand where you can clearly hear that it sounds better than the CD, while with my Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon the CD sounds better. It's just that the Pink Floyd wasn't an early pressing. If you don't start with a clean source, you won't get clean sound.
I've been dealing with this controversy for the past 25 years, and I'm sad to say that CD audio isn't as great as everyone is led to believe. The state of the art in music quality in 1980 was far superior to the audio CD standard they chose, they chose it because that was the state of the art in computers at that time. And once it's become a format standard with a set bit rate, it takes decades to change and improve. If you look at the improvements they've made in just DVD audio, you can see that CD's are crap. And those top quality vinyl recordings played on a high quality stereo sounded as good as the DVD sound they brag about today. And to think, it took 20 years to get back to where they had gotten with vinyl.
Sorry about the rant, I could fill pages on this subject. I'll gonna stop now, it's just . me off.