I just returned to vinyl in February. I like the vintage equipment and some of the reason is the nostalgia from loving music as a teen ager, back when I had all sorts of rag tag lower end equipment.
I am slowly building a good system and carefully listening to each little tweak that I make. The journey is the fun of it. If I wanted the best I could just go out and buy it, but then what?
Since my return to vinyl I would have to say that I think the music sounds much warmer and natural to me. I do not have an expensive CD player or an outboard DAC. I do have some CDs that sound better than some records but most of the time the sound of vinyl is just more appealing to me.
CDs and ipods make me tired quickly, yet I can play ten record sides a night and love it.
I also like finding, fixing and tweaking older equipment.
Finaly, I like looking for good quality used records. Trying to judge the quality and then clean them up for play.
I like the whole process really.