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Thorens TD309 turntable: Viewed From Every Angle - The Audiophile Man
Offering a mid-range price with a few intriguing design twists, Paul Rigby reviews the dual speed, belt-driven Thorens’ TD309 turntable The TD309, weighing 6.5kg, is a sort of statement from the venerable Swiss (was Swiss, then German and now Swiss again) turntable manufacturer. A statement of change but also of tradition. One that looks forward while it looks back, if you will. That design statement is perfectly stated by the almost Cubist nature of the plinth: an art movement that is of the past but still looks futuristic in nature. Although available in black, I reviewed a bright red version which, if anything, only accentuated those geometrical angles and shapes. This MDF plinth sits on three suspended feet. When the deck arrives, you need to remove a transport screw from each before using. Doing so releases the spring within. The decoupled and relatively quiet DC motor sits underneath the plinth and uses Thorens’ own flat belt that fits around the drive pulley and an aluminium sub-platter. Apart from removing those transit screws and adding the belt, set-up is quick and easy, including adding the downforce weight on the rear of the straight tonearm, adding the 2.3kg glass (or “fused silica” …