I love vinyl and have spent quite a bit of money for my modest budget on it along with all the gear. I also have thousands of CDs and a modestly priced though well performing CDP. Getting good sound out of CDs is very easy. You just need some well-mastered discs and a decent player. Vinyl is way more complicated. I don't think OP has provided enough info to really know what the problem is, but yeah a sub-$1K turntable and a bunch of random new mediocre mass market pressings and barely VG- used records, no RCM, etc. aren't going to outperform the modestly priced CDP. That's just not how anything works with vinyl unless you think records should be constantly noisy and/or like mediocre sound. I've heard plenty of rigs that run the gamut and the average used record store rig behind the counter with a filthy record that's been barely brushed usually sounds like garbage to me. Didn't grow up with CDs either - grew up on FM radio and cassette tapes! One more thing and this will likely catch hate but I don't care. If OP is using any of those Klipsch speakers with the copper colored woofers IMHO those sound like icepick ear murder and will accentuate the flaws on any record due to high frequency boost and a generally nasty sound.