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 TD 160

Despite its moderate price, this handsome slim line intrgrated transcription turntable shares many of the advanced engineering features and refinements of the highly sophisticated Thorens Td-125 MkII series. For example the identical TP-16 tonearm and belt-driven synchronous motor used in the TD-125 MkII are incorporated into the TD-160C. In addition it comes complete with a walnut base and dust cover. Here's the traditional quality and precision you have come to expect from Thorens, at a modest price.

New, Improved TP-16 Tonearm

Employing a gimbal suspension system for complete freedom of motion in the vertical and horizontal planes, the long (over nine inches), straight tonearm is mounted on friction-free aerospace-type ball bearings that are precisely honed and polished. Tracking error is exceptionally low at 0,2° per centimetr of radius. You can select from the widest varioty of high compliance cartridges with ultra low tracking force, the TP-16 readily accommodates them with a die cast magnesium, low mass plug-in shell.

Magnetic Anti-Skating Control

Replacing the conventional mechanical devices used by most other tonearms, Thorens uses frictionless magnetic anti-skating control integrated into the TP-16 tonearm. Not only does this provide better sound reproduction because the stylus is precisely centered in the groove, but it also extends record and stylus life.

New High Torque Belt-driven 16-pole Synchronous Motor

The newly designed pulley system enables instant star up. In just 1,5 seconds there's constant and smooth in-phase precise speed. The new 2-stage output with operational amplifiers provides higher efficiency for greater output power, less heat and a lower magnetic stray field

Precision Cueing Control

Conveniently positioned on the front panel, the cuing control is isolated from the tonearm. At the touch of a finger it raises and lowers the arm smoothly, gently and precisely into the groove. This assures increased life of both stylus and records

Dented Ring Rubber mat Eliminates Resonances

Typical of Thorens meticulous attention to detail, the newly designed rubber mat on the platter serves a dual function. While it cushions teh record, it also increases air circulation beneath the record with its double dented rings at the center and outer edges. Consequently resonances caused by trapped air are eliminated.

Action Glide Speed Adjustment

Changes speed smoothly and rapidly without jolting the stylus

Dynamically Balanced Turntable platter

7 lbs, 12 -inch non-magnetic platter. flywheel action absorbs speed variations to help eliminate wow and flutter

Unified Suspension System

The special Thorens split-level design isolates the tonearm and drive system from each other on separate but integrated chassis. As a result, the rumble effects of the chassis, motor, acoustic feedback and outside vibrations are eliminated.

Three Year Warranty

Thorens backs up its precision engineering with a full 3 year warranty on parts and labor.


Drive system: Electronicslly controlled, 16-pole synchronous motor with belt drive

Record speeds: 33 and 45 rpm

Turntable platter: Non-magnetic zinc alloy, 12", 7 lbs

Wow and flutter: 0,06% (weighted)

Rumble (DIN 45539): -48 dB (unweighted), -68dB (weighted)

Power requirements: 110 -130 volts AC, 220 - 240 volts AC, 15 watts 50/60 Hz

Dimensions: 17" (L) x 13½"(W) x 7¾"(H)

Net weight: 18 lbs

TP-16 Tonearm

Lenght: 9,06" 9between stylus tip and vertical tonearm bearing)

Stylus overhang: 0,55' adjustable

lateral tracking error: less than 0,2% cm of radius

Bearing Friction: Less than 20 mg in vertical and horizontal planes, measured at stylus tip

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