Well, Bren, aside from the joy of shmoozing about audio equipment, it seems to me that if you simultaneously mock turntables spinning vinyl as a source and tell us you are transferring music recorded on vinyl to the superior digital CD format, it seems to me that your choice of turntable and cartridge is relevant.
Anyone who has spent time listening to music from vinyl knows that there is an enormous difference in sound quality depending on equipment. I'm not talking about really high buck systems, although, as you know they are out there. There are some terrific sounding relatively modestly priced turntable/cartridge setups available which sound better than many CD players.
Now, personally, I gave up on vinyl because collections take up too much room and collect dust. Nevertheless, I think a good vinyl playback system can sound beautiful.
Enjoy the Music. Trust your ears. Laugh at Folks Who Claim to Know it All.