jake wrote:So why are UHQR records so thick and heavy?
The dumb quick answer is "because people will buy it"....and I'm saying the answer is dumb not the question.
Anybody still making UHQR? MoFi did a bunch in 1980s and the "Sgt Peppers" and "Dark Side of the Moon" currently bring breathtaking amounts of coin on the used market. I think they were 200g pressings.
I have heard the UHQR DSOTM long ago and it sounded real good and dead quiet. How much of that was 200 gram vinyl and how much is the other production values it is impossible to say.
Nobody here is saying 180g or thicker is "bad" or not as good as normal weight LPs. The question is does heavy vinyl weight make them better? Would a LP pressed to 100g or lighter sound as good as a 180-200g LP IF all the same care in production and the same vinyl formula were used to make it?
The only way to tell would be if such an LP release were made on both weights of the same vinyl.
If I were making LPs to sell at the premium price UQHRs went for when introduced I'd make them extra thick too.....assuming that thick vinyl does not make them worse, and I don't think anybody is suggesting that it does, why not?