I do not disagree with what you say.
I've been in the professional audio field at one point in my career (even been a member of the Audio Engineering Society), And I admit that this is a discussion point that is prone to diverse opinions, which is a reason why I asked the question of the danforth alias. That alias has been, imo, quite rational in its posting. So I was genuinely curious of its comment to my question.
To your point, here's something I did...
I digitized a vinyl album at 96/24. I downgragraded that digital file to 44.1/16 (Sony's Sound Forge). Then I ripped a CD of the album.
Then I presented the two digital files to a friend who is, I'll call, audio-quality aware. He always preferred the vinyl version, even though it was downgraded to 44.1/16.
Now I know there are extra effects in the CD I ripped. But I was amazed at how significant the preference was for the 44.1/16 files from vinyl.
There had to be something else involved.
My guess - and it is only that - I've seen a very significant out-of-phase very low frequency (i.e., below 20Hz) signal on the vinyl digital files. That is a a tell-tale signature of the digital files I've ripped from vinyl.
Here's the curious part --- when I filter out those signals, digitalized vinyl sounds quite like CDs.
So, as a result of this, I poise the question, is it an artifact of vinyl reproduction, i.e., the very low frequency out of phase signals, that gives vinyl its spaciousness?
Or is it the finite vs infinite that you mention?
I wish I knew.
But for now I believe my ears, vinyl adds a spaciousness to the sound that digital cannot do.