Thorens, distributed in Canada by Montreal-based Erikson Consumer, has announced the availability of its upcoming TD 1600 and TD 1601 turntables.
First introduced at the High End Show in Munich in May, the two new turntables are a reflection of Thorens' return to its heritage combined with an infusion of 21st century technology.
Both come with wooden plinth, two-part, belt-driven platter, thick rubber mat and acrylic dust cover, making them immediately recognizable as modern incarnations of the famous TD 160 turntable. While the turntables feature a vintage look, however, they are loaded with 21st century technology.
Conical springs, typically mounted on the top board, are now mounted on the bottom, so the sub-chassis no longer hangs from the springs but rather stands atop them. Meanwhile a steel pin connects the chassis with the bottom board, allowing for vertical movement and preventing disruptive lateral movement.
The TD 1601 has the added feature of auto shut off so that the tone arm lifts once the record ends. It also has a pair of balanced XLR output sockets.
Both the TD 1600 and TD 1601 will be available in high gloss walnut and piano black. Canadian pricing is yet to be determined.