The image above is somewhat misleading. It typifies the opinion of many that digitised sound is spiky and rough around the edges and unpleasant to listen to. Such opinions have many attempting to return to vinyl to regain the warmth of a bygone age. I have however, spoken to some who listen to new vinyl on USB turntables plugged into a laptop connected via the headphone output to an amplifier (Ouch!). Just because it plays vinyl, doesn't mean it's any good. Most cheap USB turntables just don't cut the mustard and won't sound anywhere near as good as the CD version of the same album.
A true vinyl buff will have a high quality turntable/arm/cartridge combination and usually a discrete high quality phono pre amp either built into a good quality amplifier or as an external device.
I have recently transferred a lot of CD's on to a HDD. I now play these via a Raspberry 2 installed with a Hifi Berry digital audio board. This connects optically to an amplifier with built-in DAC and it sounds far better than the CD rendering I was previously getting. I have to admit that the uplift in quality as well as the ability to enjoy HD music (24 bit, 96kHz) was my premium motivation. My wife, however, was simply tired of housing 2000 CD cases in the living room and let me know on a regular basis. Thank goodness I converted from Vinyl before I met her!
Careful when responding to ill informed hype and always make sure your emperor wears real, visible clothes!
See you next month, take care.