Some interesting thoughts. Here's a few replies: - Surely the simple test of any recording medium, whether it's analogue tape, vinyl, optical disk, digital tape even MP3 on HD is whether it's fit for purpose. In the case of CD you have a fairly resilient storage medium, which can be replayed on cheapy hardware to a reasonable standard. In the context of high end audio, IMO it has also come of age and can now compete with some really good analogue. - A lot of mastering completed for vinyl included taking account of the limitation of the vinyl medium and it's inability to really deal with low bass. There were certainly plenty of articles about this during the introduction of CD. - Can't say I dissagree with your comments about digital remastering. Some of them is just plain nasty, but as most modern vinyl releases are based against digital recordings, I don't see either medium having an advantage. It it's been nastily compressed, surely it will end up on both mediums? I have to say that if you'd asked me an opinion on CD vs vinyl just 2-3 years ago, I would have happily voted for LP. The key point is that I've now heard a lot more systems and have a better understanding of synergy. My view now is that: - Vinyl does NOT sound like CD generally (though there are some exceptions). The result is that some of the systems I've heard have been heavily focused to sound great with vinyl, yet somehow sound lousy with CD. For example, I remember hearing a number of LP12/Naim systems which sounded ace on LP, yet could rip your ears off on CD. IMO it's because the owner tweaked his system to sound great with LP. Taking that into, single source systems based on CD often sound a LOT better than multi-source systems. More recently I've heard a number of systems in peoples homes where CD was pretty awesome. - More recently, my own CD based system has got to the point of sounding pretty damn good. Once you're used to something, it's easy to use it as a benchmark. As such, I was quite astounded at how bad a lot of the vinyl systems sounded at Heathrow. Now I know that you may say "but hey, it's a show etc". My answer is that yep, that's true, however you're talking about groups that SHOULD know how to set things up. So I don't see the show setting as being a full excuse for doing a bad job, especially bearing in mind the sheer cost of some of those systems. Hope that helps.