Many live concerts are a sonic mess. I guess, in 35 years of concert-going, I have never been to one of those.
The live acoustic concert-hall experience just is. All imitations aspire to what is, but never get there.
My only comment would be, you have been going to the wrong live events. I have been in the finest and worst concert halls in the world. I have never heard "a mess" in any of them. All I have ever heard is pure, unadulterated (redundant -- sorry) musical sound, in all its unsullied glory. No distortion. No boom. No shrieks. Just (mostly) hand-made instruments playing into the listening space.
True enough, I have been to outdoor rock-concerts, but that isn't live music. It is amped and blasted music without a listening room.
I have had mixed experiences with jazz in various acoustic situations. Some outstanding, some merely good. But I have never heard a "sonic mess."
You say, "the (analog) media (sic) itself is limited and has nowhere to go." You say, elsewhere, that "...one cannot upsample vinyl..."
That, my friend, is the entire point. You can't fuck with vinyl, or, by definition, it is no longer vinyl. All you can do is degrade it. You can manipulate digital to a fare-thee-well, and all you do is get further and further away from the information originally chopped, re-digested, and hacked onto the silver frisbee.
If you quit vinyl in 1983, you gave up about 20 years too soon. I can attest to that. As I said, I love music, and I love whatever I can squeeze out of the pre-masticated bits and bytes I feed into the tray, and whatever pure hits I can get from vinyl. I have CD's I would never sell, give away, or destroy. But none of them can compare with vinyl, when it comes to re-creating the the memory of the original live acoustic event.
You refuse to spend money. I don't blame you. So do I. Unless I hear something that gets me closer to my memories of the live event.
Nobody is trying to convert you. You will do what you will do. But your argument is specious, because you give no alternate reference as a substitute for what you vilify as a "sonic mess" -- which is merely live humans playing live music in a hall designed or designated for the purpose. This "sonic mess" has charmed, elevated, and transfigured (as only music can do) audiences for more than 6,000 years. The live event is. Every substitute for it aspires to what is, not to what might be...
And, what would your substitute be, analog or digital? Since the live experience is a sonic mess, what is YOUR alternative, as a reference?
I repeat. If you gave up in 1983, you gave up too soon.
Your argument is half an argument. The other half would require your engagement of contemporary vinyl playback standards.
Your rejection of live music as a "sonic mess" is ludicrous.
Upsample your way to mediocrity. Or worse. Next time you go to a live concert (will there ever be a next time? -- why should there be??), bring a digitized sound-chopper and an equalizer. Then you can correct the mistakes that the conductor, the musicians, and the sundry geniuses who originally put pen to paper couldn't get right. Bach. Haydn. Mozart. Brahms. Mahler. Berlioz. Stravinsky. What idiots. Devoting their lives to fulfilling the promise for communion that can only exist in a live listening situation. How DARE they perpetrate such fraud? And what sonic messes THEY left us with!
The next time you go to Ruth Chris's Steak House, bring a meat grinder. Then you can get comfortable with something you could have bought for 99 cents at Mickey D's.