My old job was cutting on these amazing machines.. VMS 70, VMS 80, and I was lucky enough to get some training from Sean Davies!
Cutting Dub plates in London...nothing sound like this..based upon the Mastering engineer and the sound chain it was put through.
Play back was always on a Technics 1200/10..
I still to this day have my technics and play through my Augspurger Main speakers, Genelecs or west lakes.
Most music today has zero fidelity compared to this old art form!
I observed a long time ago that music begins to sound dead if it is not occasionally interrupted by a human voice. Some others have noticed the same effect. It may be that the benefits you notice from vinyl come entirely from having to get up and turn the record over.