What is stereo?

There are now two system of high fidelity, monophonic (monaural) and stereophonic. Monophonic is a system that starts from one microphone and is fed through a single high fidelity set. Stereophonic is a double system. Two separate microphones are placed at different sides of the orchestra and two different systems are used to keep the two signals or channels separated. Two separate speakers are used, placed on different sides of you room. Stereo is much like 3-D photography, two slightly different sound reach your ears giving you a new dimension in sound.

H.H. Scott '59

Thorens Prestige (1984)

Thorens turntables are famous throughout the world for their excelient sound quality. The Thorens Prestige is the result of both a steadfast refinement of proven solutions and a commitment to a tradition based product philosophy.

A no compromise transcription turntable of the highest order without gadgets.

The emphasis is placed on sound quality.

Obviously the prestige incorporates the renowned Thorens belt drive floating chassis syatem.

The servo controlled two-phase synchronous motor, rigidly mounted on the main fixed chassis, drives the turntable by measns of a long soft rubber belt. Possible motor vibrations are thus isolated from the turntable and also from the two tone-arms on the suspended chassis. The mass of the turntable (over 8 kg including the centre stabilizer) accounts for the absence of any wow and flutter.

The large turntable (diameter 340 mm, height 100 mm) is absolutely resonance free and contibutes in a decisive manner to the stability of the sound image of the Prestige. The outer wall of the turntable is filled with iron granules, thus preventing any resonance of the casting material. A truly unique Thorens solution.

The turntable shaft is a very substantial 15 mm diameter precision machined componenet rotating wear free in an off bath.

Both the main fixed chassis and the floating chassis are constructed using multiple layer technology designed to eliminate undesirable resonances. All controls are located on the fixed front panel, the floating chassis supporting the turntable and the tone-arms decoupled by means of four point gravity controlled suspension.

Two large arm mounting platforms enable almost any tone arm currently available on the market too be used. The height of each mounting platform can be separately adjusted and each tone arm has its own electrically operated cueing device with front panel mounted lift/lower control.

The nominal speeds are quartz controlled and constantly monitored on the turntable itself. The underside of the platter bears a magnetic track. A meander conductive track forms the counter part to the tachogenerator, and an electronic control circuit compares the rotational speed of the platter with the nominal speed. The slightest deviations are registred and corrected.

Measurement data alone does not determine the final sound quality of a turntable. Whether this initial link in a system produces ultimate sound quality or not depends on the precise selection of suitable materials, on individual tuning, and subsequent harmonisation of all component parts.

The prestige makes use of noble materials only, including a number of Gold plated parts. A true durable realisation of the Prestige.


Drive system: Belt drive

Motor: 16 pole 2 phase synchronous motor

Speeds: 33, 45. 78 RPM

Motor speed control: quartz controlled electronic 2 phase generator

Pitch control: ≥6%

Turntable platter: 8,1 kg complete with mat and goldweight

Platter diameter: 340 mm

Wow and flutter according: ≤0,02% (DIN 45507)

Rumble unweighted according: >54 dB (DIN 45 539)

Rumble weighted according: >70 dB (DIN 45 539)

Rumble measured with Thorens Rumpelmasskoppler according to DIN:

Unweighted: >70 dB

Weighted: >80 dB

Power requirements: 2 x 19 V : 200 mA

Main voltage: may be connected to any line voltage using the appropriate Thorens AC adapter

Dimensions: 612 x 510 x 280 mm

Weight: 55 kg

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