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Low Noise, Low Voltage electronically speed controlled DC Motor
Adjustable belt tension for best performance
Two-part aluminium/acrylic platter
New TP 90 tonearm with precision Japanese bearings
Tonearm adjustable for VTA, azimuth and overhang
The TD 206 and TD 209 turntables are the younger siblings of the revolutionary, multiple-award-winning TD 309. However, they don't have to live in the shadow of their older brother. Both models are built using only high-quality materials and parts. And both share a number of technical features with the TD 309, ensuring that their replay quality is up there with the best. The new TP 90 tonearm is based on the tried-and-tested TP 92 and uses the same ultra-low-friction, high-performance bearing and the innovative zero-stiction anti-bias system. The arm tube is made from rolled aluminium that is damped using RMR technology (reduced-modal-resonance), and the stainless-steel counterweight at the end of the arm tube is double-decoupled. Tonearm height, azimuth and overhang are useradjustable.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I recently purchased the Thorens TD 206 to replace a 30 yr old dead Linn Axis turntable. I knew Thorens had a reputation for making good TT's, but didn't really expect it to be that much of an improvement over the Linn. Boy was I wrong. The TD206 was so sonically superior to the Linn, that it was absolutely stunning. As another reviewer mentioned, the quiet passages are indeed "blacker than black" while the music had clarity and crispness that I would not have thought possible. There is no audible noise in the turntable when it starts up, or while it is playing (the Linn was always making odd creaks and groans). It's also a very visually appealing addition to the living room (very important when one's spouse makes all of the decorating decisions).
A few other benefits.....first, this TT does an excellent job of damping out vibrations. I have my system setup in an upstairs loft with a very compliant wood floor. This wreaked havoc on my Linn as anything but...
I've been using this turntable for over a month, so I feel I now have enough experience with it to write this review. It is replacing a Project Debut III, and it's connected to a Harman Kardon HK 3490 running through a pair of JBL Studio L880 speakers. I'm currently using the supplied Thorens (AT95B) cartridge.
First off, let me say that the turntable is beautiful. Looks were a very important consideration for me, and this turntable does not disappoint. The gloss black paint is flawless, the tonearm looks like a work of modern art, and the oversized plinth coupled with the rather fat feet give the turntable an overall well-balanced and stable look. I used to listen to music with my eyes closed, but I find with this Thorens that I can't stop staring at the turntable instead, it's that stunning.
Now, on to the sound. The most impressive thing about the turntable is how dead quiet it is. Passages in between songs are blacker than black at normal listening...
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