If you want incredibly stellar sound, Blu-ray is the way to go, particularly High Fidelity Pure Audio (HFPA) aka “Blu-ray Audio” as they can be played on any Blu-ray player.
Occasionally abbreviated as HFPA, it’s a marketing initiative, spearheaded by Sony Music Universal Music Group, for audio-only Blu-ray optical discs. It was launched in 2013 as a potential successor to the compact disc (CD).
HFPA is encoded as 24-bit/96 kHz or 24-bit/192 kHz linear PCM (“high-resolution audio”), optionally losslessly compressed with Dolby TrueHD or DTS-HD Master Audio.
HFPA discs are compatible with existing Blu-Ray players.
Several hundred titles are available in LPCM (uncompressed, 8 or 6 channels), Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital Plus 7.1, Dolby TrueHD (8 or 6 channels), DTS Digital Surround 5.1, DTS-HD Master Audio (lossless 8 or 6 channels), DRA 5.1, and DRA Extension 7.1.
HFPA beats the SNOT out of either CD or vinyl, as anyone with a Blu-ray player and a half-way decent 5.1 system can thoroughly attest.
Vinyl: 2 channels of analog audio with a frequency response of 20-20k Hz, =/- 3 dB and a dynamic range from 60 dB to 70 dB.
CD: 2 channels of LPCM audio with 16-bit values at 44.1kHz, with a frequency response of 20-20k Hz flat and a dynamic range of 90 to 110 dB in a well-designed 16-bit channel filter.
Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio are both lossless audio formats with 18.64 Mbit/s for Dolby and 24.5 Mbit/s for DTS. They both support 8 (48 kHz, 96 kHz) and 6 (192 kHz) (channels/oversampling freq), in both 16 and 24 bits/sample.
I don’t care for either CDs or vinyl. There’s simply no comparison with total immersion in a 5.1 or 6.1 lossless music environment.