History

In 1965 in Sainte Croix, Switzerland the development of a new, affordable turntable called TD 150 was finished. This turntable later became the blueprint for a very successful generation of turntables.
Originally invented by AR but almost forgotten the suspended sub chassis became very popular with Thorens new TD 150 and its successors. It entered mass market and a lot of other vendors used it, too. The most famous one is still produced in Scotland.

Thorens transferred that principle to the following generations of its turntables beginning with still famous TD 125 in 1968 until the 90s of last century when production of TD 160 Mk V finished. Also, TD 126 and its extensions TD 127 and TD 226 and even the monumental Reference from 1980 and Prestige from 1983 were designed with that kind of suspension.

Even though Thorens started a new era of suspension design in the middle 80s the original TD 160 and its successors are still seen as the “classic” Thorens turntables.

The present

TD 1600 and TD 1601

Starting with the acquisition of the brand Thorens by Gunter Kürten and the resettlement to Germany in 2018 a recollection of the Thorens “DNA” began. This will be reflected in future products and so the product spectrum will change with respects to former virtues but also move to current technologies.

The first result of this will be presented on this years High End show in Munich: TD 1600 and TD 1601. The name almost reveals it, both should be seen as modern incarnation of TD 160. Both use suspension and damping by conical springs for effective decoupling from installation site. But also both are totally different inside.
They fill the gap between tradition that made the old turntables famous and 21. Century technology.

From outside immediately recognizable as quite near to TD 160 series, they come with wooden plinth, two-parts platter with belt running internally and thick rubber mat and acrylic dust cover.
But there are a lot of innovations inside: the conical springs are are not mounted on top board any longer but on the botton. So the sub chassis does not hang but stands on these springs. Additionally a small but strong tightened thread made of steel connects sub chassis with a steel pin on the bottom and so prevents sub chassis from staggering and allows only vertical movement.

Differences between TD 1600 and TD 1601

Both models share the same platform and the same height adjustable TP 92 tonearm, but TD 1601 adds some comfort features. TD 1600 is a totally manual turntable, while TD 1601 comes with an electrical lift, auto shut off at the end of the record with lifting the arm and real balanced output sockets (XLR).
Motor, Control unit and power supply are the same.

Both will be available in highgloss walnut and piano black.

TD 1600

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TD 1601

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High resolution pictures will be available in press area next time.

Thorens was  honoured as German Traditional brand by PLUS X AWARD. Thorens is proud to be amongst the first brands to be honoured with this newly created award.
That award appreciates German brands that are commited to their tradtion for decades or even centuries. Thorens was founded in 1883 and fits perfectly into that picture.

 

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We are sorry to announce that our long time CEO Rémy A. Thorens has passed away in September by an accident.

Grandson of company’s original founder Hermann Thorens, Rémy Thorens was born in 1927 in St. Croix, Switzerland. He graduated in economics in St. Gallen and Bern and returned to the company afterwards. He worked in several departments and became CEO in 1966. He conducted the company until 1991.

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After an internal restructuring in 1962 Rémy Thorens, his father and his brother Jean-Paul, co-founded Thorens-Franz AG. Rémy Thorens was responsible for Hifi-business and during that time some legendary turntables like TD 150, TD 160, Reference and Prestige were developed and manufactured.

We will miss him.

Thorens launches two new record players for 2018 season.

Thorens starts 2018 season with two new products. Launched in Germany at Westdeutsche Hifitage 2018, the two new turntables TD 201 and TD 202 were presented to the public.

Both of them target committed newcomers to vinyl and people who rediscover their vinyl treasures.

TD 201 and TD 202 come with preconfigured cartridges and integrated, switchable phono stages for direct connection to any available amplifiers or receivers on the market. TD 202 has got an additional A/D converter with USB output for direct recording of the record with a computer.

Thorens TD 201

The new Thorens TD 201 is the right choice for anyone looking for a robust, easy to use plug and play turntable. It comes with a smooth running belt drive and a aluminium platter with rubber mat. The new Thorens TP 71 tonearm uses a detachable headshell with preconfigured AT 3600 cartridge.

Using the switchable integrated phono stage the TD 201 can be connected to any amplifier or receiver even if it does not have a specific input for phono devices.

The new Thorens TD 201 will be available in highgloss black from end of November 2018. RRP will be € 449,--..

Thorens TD 202

New TD 202 completes the new series of manual plug and play turntables. Compared with its “smaller” brother TD 201 it comes with a more massive plinth and a AT 95E cartridge. The integrated phono stage includes an additional analogue/digital converter with USB out. So the record played will be automatically digitized and can easily be recorded on a computer using several kinds of recording software that can be downloaded from the web.

The new Thorens TD 202 will be available in highgloss black from end of November 2018. RRP will be € 599,--.

Thorens TD 201

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In US Home entertainment paper CE Pro Thorens has been selected as leading brand in categorie turntables in Audio. We ware very proud of this!

 

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