Boy Rob, you have a way of rattling loose the memories. I hadn't thought about New Acoustic Dimension gear in 30-odd years. They were quite the darling when the 3020's first came out and scared all the big boys into upping their game. I don't know that the 'Classic Vinyl' name means the source material or the time period of the material so that could explain the lack of ticks and pops.
I remember the experience of hearing the early digital audio recording at the CES show prior to laser discs. The clarity was almost frightening. It was an eye opener to how much I included the physical and background electronic "noise" as part of the "sound" of a given recording.
The Yamaha I have today is targeted at home theater and shares the flat, lifeless sound that most of these systems have. Technology is great but, IMHO, cars and sound systems are more fun with raw horsepower. My old 100 watt per channel amps that used to dim the house lights make the 300 watt amps I hear today sound pretty boring.
I have an old band-mate who can afford whatever he wants and he listens to vinyl . . . a lot. At his point in my life, CD's do great for me although the Yamaha doesn't do near for my Polk speakers what my old gear used to do for them. There is enough variety and opinion to keep this conversation going forever ;-)
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
- Arthur C. Clarke