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Thorens's TD2030 with SME 309 Tonearm and Dustcover
Turntables by Thorens
Blue is pictured.
"…The whole assemblage of parts works together quite nicely and does sound quite excellent…a lovely spacious and layered soundstage that spanned the space between my speakers…the center image was comprised of distinct layers that receded into the distance…With cutting-edge resolution, the individual location of each musical element was now outlined within its own acoustic envelope…The table was very nearly dead silent. The Thorens TD-2030 is provided with an unusually good carbide platter bearing, and the result is a very high level of isolation…I do not want to leave any doubts, I love the way this turntable performs!" – Ron Nagle, The Audiophile Voice, Vol. 12, No. 3 The magazine's web site is at www.audiophilevoice.com and Gene Pitts, TAV's editor, can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a free issue, perhaps even the one containing this review, and a discount subscription form, which Acoustic Sounds has negotiated from that notorious skin-flint editor.
From whichever side you look at the new TD 2030, you're in for a surprise. A brand new sandwich technology has been used to create the absolutely stunning look of the TD 2030. From above or from the side, you'll see a warm, colorful blue. From the front you'll see a clear and transparent turntable.
Thorens has used their 100-plus years of knowledge and tradition to create this - the maximum. The brand 38-mm aluminum platter is backside coated with a vibration-damping material. The platter runs in a new silent run bearing which is maintenance-free for its entire lifetime. The external motor has no contact with the chassis and therefore no vibrations are transferred. It is supplied by a state-of-the-art electronic motor drive which completely decouples the motor from the mains power supply. The 33-mm sandwich chassis is standing on damping feet to absorb any vibration. All of this put together guarantees perfect function and sound quality which far above the rest.
Drive System: Thorens belt drive
Motor: fully electronically-regulated AC-Synchronous motor
Speed: 33, 45 RPM
Speed Select: electronically
Platter: 300 mm/6.3 kg, non-magnetic
Antiskating: calibrated spring
Power Supply: electronically-regulated power supply for AC motor
Dimensions (WxDxH): 420 x 330 x 175 mm
Weight: 15.5 kg