You don't need an advanced degree in sound engineering or a PhD in turntable set-up to immediately start enjoying the Thorens TD 170-1. There's no fine tuning necessary to get great sound from a truly versatile 'table. And the overall performance truly lives up to the name 'Thorens.' The TD 170-1 features an arm-lift for manual record play as well as fully automatic operation. With its three-speed electronically controlled DC motor, it even plays old 78 rpm records. That makes it the perfect choice if you've got old shellac records in your collection. The Thorens precision belt drive, coupled to a highly accurate DC motor, keeps the speed constant and precise. The 0.9 lb. turntable platter contributes to the playback stability. Included already installed to the TD 170-1 is the Thorens TP 18 tonearm with Ortofon OMB10 phono cartridge. "I would classify the Ortofon cartridge tonal balance as neutral, with an excellent midrange," observes Charles Hansen in his January 2004 AudioXpress.com review. "It offers fine performance."
Anyone who thinks that you should not need a degree in sound engineering or to spend hours tuning equipment to enjoy music will be well served by the Thorens TD170. It combines a 3-speed electronically controlled DC motor, a precision belt-drive, an OMB-10 pick-up cartridge, and a proprietary low-noise bearing system. This ensures that the sonic quality your records, and not extraneous turntable noise, will be the center of your attention. It also features an arm-lift and automatic return function, and can switch itself off. The 3-speed motor plays 78-rpm records and is perfect for anyone with old shellac records amongst their collection.
Thorens precision belt drive
3-speed, electronically controlled DC motor (33, 45, and 78-rpm)
Thorens TP18 tone arm with OMB-10 cartridge
Proprietary low-noise bearing system
Arm-lift and automatic return function