New Turntable In the House: Thorens TD-309

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by dividebytube, Dec 3, 2019.

  1. dividebytube

    dividebytube Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Grand Rapids, MI
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    Not a detailed review since I just got the Thorens 309 with Ortofon 2M Bronze cart in yesterday and have only spun a dozen records so far. It's an upgrade to my old workhorse, a Dual CS-5000 which was starting to get outclassed by the rest of the gear.

    Initial impressions: bass response is tremendous with shades, timbre, and a serious foundation (well - as serious as a pair of 5" woofers can produce!) versus the old unit. I'm reminded - at least bass-wise - of my old VPI Aries 1 table. Of course that was in a waaay different system so grain of salt and all that.

    The Thorens has a lot more detail overall, with better soundstaging depth and width. It bests the Dual/Shibata tipped OM20 cartridge in that department, making the old turntable sound like a lower end cassette player (or as my wife said, AM radio). So much quieter in the background with less rumble and analog "dirt".

    Overall effect is a more engrossing musical experience. The Aleph J amp and Classe Five preamp are now shining and sounding better than I expected.

    More later - it's always easy to gush with a new piece of gear!
     
  2. Slippers-on

    Slippers-on Forum Resident

    Location:
    St.Louis Mo.
    Congrats! Nice! Do they come with a dust cover or do you have to order one?
     
  3. dividebytube

    dividebytube Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Grand Rapids, MI
    New - doesn't come with a dust cover, that's a separate item. Mine was bought used and thankfully came with one. It's just a plexi-bit that slots over the spindle, covering up the plinth and tonearm.
     
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  4. dividebytube

    dividebytube Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Grand Rapids, MI
    Another pic: DC motor belt drives an aluminum subplatter which has a thin ridge on top. The glass platter sits on top of that ridge. Additional fet mat on top of the platter.

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  5. Jay Kepps

    Jay Kepps Active Member

    Location:
    lakeland, florida
    Wow. Truly beautiful. A work of art.
     
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