Okay, so here's my hypothesis: I believe that there are new LPs being made that are not mastered any better than their CD or digital download counterparts, but people claim that they sound better only because they are on vinyl. For instance, I really love the music of Kamasi Washington, however, his recordings are not particularly dynamic. When I bought The Epic, I got the CD from Amazon with Autorip. I found that the digital download sounded better to my ears than the CD itself. At the time, I recall people saying that the vinyl sounded better, but that wasn't in my budget, so I just listened to the download files. So, when I managed to find Harmony Of Difference on vinyl, I snatched it up. However, listening to it at home, it still sounded kind of compressed to me. Sure, it sounded warmer than the digital download, but it still wasn't that dynamic of a recording. Yet, the vinyl is often sold out because it is presumed to sound better. Now, I have a rather modest system, but I can usually here the difference between good, dynamic LPs and non-so-dynamic LPs. Here's the deal: I don't think that people are lying. I think the vinyl does sound better to these people. It's been brought up more than once that recordings sound different on vinyl than other media. Even compressed and/or brickwalled stuff will sound different on vinyl. Sure, they'll be some confirmation bias here and there, but most of the time, I don't think this is the case. That being said, I think the benefits in these cases are rather limited. With notorious loudness war CDs like Metallica's Death Magnetic or post-hiatus Rush albums, there will always be recommendations of "Buy it on vinyl. It sounds better." Well, it may be easier on the ears, but does it really sound better? In fact, to some, it sounds worse. As recent reissues of The Beatles and Frank Zappa illustrate, it is possible to make good sounding LPs in this day and age. They don't even need to be AAA. They just have to be done well. So, what new LP's out there are basically no different than their digital counterparts? I'm talking about albums that may or may not sound better on vinyl, but, if they do, it is only because they are on vinyl, not because the mastering is any better. Thoughts?