Are you one of those lucky folks who can actually hear the difference between vinyl and digital? My ears were never that good, they've long since gotten worse.
Personally I hated vinyl back when it was the only real choice available. I HATE listening to all of the pops and ticks.
Don't even get me started on how much more convenient digital is to listen to.
I'd always record a homemade cassette the 1st time I played an album, then put up with the hissy tape. When the digital revolution finally caught up to me I still had some great quality LPs to digitize.
Great for the obscure stuff I love that never got re-released to CD's
I'm with you on the live music thing. Nothing like a great concert, unless it's a pro recording of a great concert you've already attended.