Though it may look like a rigid turntable, this Thorens TD 309 is in fact a suspended turntable. The manufacturer's 'tri-balance' damping system consists of a subchassis with three springs to support the platter. The star-shaped glossy MDF plinth weighs 4.2 Kg. The 2.3 Kg platter is made of melted silica and is covered with a wool felt mat. The DC motor has an electronic control that makes it more silent and also manages playback speed changes between 33 and 45 rpm. The tonearm is Thorens' efficient and unique TP92. It is built in damped aluminium, it is assembled according to very strict tolerances, the antiskating uses magnetic repulsion (system similar to Clear Audio's). This turntable definitely has a unique design! We at maPlatine.com love it! Irrespective of the finish, it is always beautiful. And we also really like the fact that it is very easy to use! Considering the capabilities of its tonearm, it can accommodate very high-end cartridges.
Even if the Audio Technica AT95D that comes with the turntable delivers a great sonic performance, after swapping it for an MC Hi-Fi cartridge for less than €250, the performance and musicality of this Thorens TD 309 truly match its design! So if you're looking for one of the greatest turntables on the European market with a flawless design and playback performances that can rival with the best models, then the Thorens TD 309 is what you need... Treat yourself to a great MC or MM cartridge over Christmas...
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Diapason d'Or - 2017 Franck
Drive principle: Belt
Synchronous motor -
Speed: 33/45 rpm electronic
Platter: 304 mm glass
Platter weight: 2.3 kg
Thorens tonearm: TP 92 with anti-skate magnet
Suspended chassis: Tri-Balanced
Dimensions: 470 X 430 X 125 mm -
Weight: 6.5 kg