Turntable Thorens TD 309 + TP 92

With the Thorens TD 309 (1600 euro), voices sounded expressive and looser, and loud passages appeared less strained than with the Pro-Ject PerspeX (4/08).

  1. Turntable Thorens TD 309 + TP 92
  2. Data sheet

Whether the aggressive appearance of the new TD 309, one might suspect Thorens CEO Heinz Rohrer had only design-oriented buyer with the slope to the extravagant in mind. On closer inspection, however, the will not only look to put an exclamation point shows. The construction with a metal inner plate and spring decoupling although first reminiscent of old days, holds yet new. So is quite complex to build of the spring damper included in the feet and will make sure that the turntable is not ALZA or by equity movements interferes with the scanning process.

This includes the correct tension of the springs is necessary. Front left, a round stainless steel block is applied to compensate for the weight of the tonearm. The spring tension is properly adjusted from factory; the oscillation behavior is optimized by slightly moving of the weight of stainless steel. A quite workable solution, the music lover with auditions can perform, because is even noticeable vibration behavior. You should forgo a strong change of the spring tension, to compensate for about a untarierten surface, therefore.

For the drive of the glass plate, Walter Fuchs – took of the TD 309 with industrial designer Helmut Thiele and speaker guru Karl-Heinz Fink together designed – a direct current motor, which in a textile diaphragm is suspended and decoupled from the base plate. The revolutions of 33 1/3 and 45 rpm can toggle at the Thorens.

The tone arm is completely new. He has been optimized by Thiele by using laser vibrometry to obtain accurate conclusions about its resonance behavior. Therefore, also a ring which possesses features damping adorns the aluminium tube.

The precision ball – bearings for the horizontal movement and the top bearing (where stainless steel top end in balls) for the vertical give thanks to their zero-backlash and yet low-friction work an excellent feel. The needle azimuth correction is possible by loosening the Allen screw top on the bearing block. Way to make sure that the needle to the Groove sides has equally strong contacts.

That influences the vibration behavior directly in the sound, we could very well follow in the listening room. Optimally adjusted, impressed the TD 309 with the pre-assembled Audio-Technica AT 95 E with tranquility in the soundstage, without hitting but finest accents, and distanced as well the Clearaudio concept.

In the TD 309 slumbers but much more potential, as then the passage with the Lyra Dorian (4/06) showed. Now we took more through bass and a sharper positioning not only finer height and a more vibrant way of playing the musician true, but also a clear.

This jump was so clear that we decided, the TD 309 whether its potential with the reference scanner Lyra Titan i as drive / tonearm combination to be classified. As such, she surpassed even the stereoplay highlight Pro-Ject PerspeX (4/08), because the TD 309 mediated not only sounds, but also conjured up more musical tones of the plates. This sounded expressive voices and looser, and loud passages appeared less strained.

So it was a pure joy to listen to the word games by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, when this is in ‘ let’s call the whole thing off “(“Ella & Louis again”, Verve MG V-4017) discuss the different pronunciation of tomato or Pajamas singing. Because not only that the voices wonderful naturally flexed affected, also the different debates were exemplary to understand. We honoured this notable performance then with a sound point and the predicate stereoplay highlight.

Thorens TD 309 + TP 92

Manufacturer Thorens
Price €1600.00
Rating 48.0 points
Test procedure 1.0

Technical data and test results

Dimensions (W x D x H) 47.0 x 12.5 x 43,0 cm
Weight: 6.5 kg
Measured values
Tracking rated 0.039%
Target velocity deviation 0.10%
Rumble noise (weighted)
Measuring record / coupler 73 / 79 dB
Short conclusion He shows that the TD 309 with AT 95 E is clearly challenged if you married him with a high-quality pickup. He is a stereoplay highlight as a pure drive / tonearm combination.
Sound Top-class
Sound points
(maximum 70 points)
Measured values
(maximum 10 points)
Practice (max 15 points) 9
(maximum 10 points)
Overall rating (maximum 120 good – very good-74 points
Price / performance outstanding
tested in issue: 4 / 10