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180 gram vinyl is a heavier type of vinyl and usually made with new "virgin" or "heavy/heavyweight" (180–220 g) vinyl. It is commonly used for modern "audiophile" vinyl releases in all music genres. Many record collectors and audiophiles prefer to have 180 g vinyl albums, and they have been reported to have a better sound than normal vinyl. These albums tend to withstand the deformation caused by normal play better than regular vinyl. 180 g vinyl is also more expensive to produce only because it uses more vinyl. Manufacturing processes are identical regardless of weight. In fact, pressing lightweight records requires more care.
Manish Naik, COO of Furnace MFG, one of the premier vinyl record production plants in the US explains the difference between ‘regular’ vinyl and the ‘audiophile’ releases that are becoming more popular these days:
“It’s all about the sound quality. If you take two plants and give them lacquers cut from the finest cutting studio in the world and ask them to press up some records – you will often times get two completely different products. The PVC material used, the galvanics process and the pressing formulas at our two facilities are the secret weapon to creating some of the best records in the world. Most of the records that are marketed as audiophile releases are pressed on heavyweight vinyl. 180g records, for example, are less prone to warp or dish. When pressed correctly, you will get a superior and long lasting product from a heavyweight record.
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