As somebody who was buying vinyl records back in the day when the salesman would ask if you wanted it in "mono or stereo?" - I can tell you that there is no digital comparison to a masterfully-engineered vinyl recording of a 100-piece symphony orchestra - recorded in 24 tracks - played on a high-quality turntable and channeled through large speakers (with separate cones for bass, midrange and highs) - all powered by a 250-watt amplifier.
There's nothing snobbish about that.
Can you imagine listening to Vienna Philharmonic performance of - say - The Beethoven 9th Symphony through ear-buds on an iPod ?
With my system - I could put on my recording of Bruckner's 8th Symphony with George Szell and he Cleveland Orchestra - a recording from the mid-sixties - and knock down our house.