- Thorens TD-203 Turntable Drive - White
Thorens TD 203 Turntable Demo
Thorens TD 203 Turntable Specs
|Mode of operation||manual|
|Drive System||belt-drive (flat belt around sub-platter)|
|Motor||servo-controlled DC motor|
|Speeds||33-1/3, 45 rpm|
|Adjustment range||±5 %|
|Platter||12″ / 0.8 kg (ABS)|
|Power supply||External plug-in power supply 12 V DC|
|Tonearm||THORENS® TP 82|
|Pick-up Cartridge||THORENS® TAS 257 (MM)|
|Effective length||232.8 mm (9.1”)|
|Overhang||17.8 mm (variable)|
|Offset angle||23.6° (fixed)|
|Effective mass||approx. 11 g|
|Anti-skating (Bias)||by weight|
|Dimensions||400 x 92.6 x 320 mm (W x H x D)|
|Finish||MDF plinth with laquer in red, black or white (high gloss)|
|Scope of Delivery||power supply, dust cover (acrylic), RCA interconnects, stylus gauge, cartridge alignment protractor|
Thorens TD 203 Turntable Review
The Thorens TD 203 Turntable could at first claim itself as a standout newcomer, but one listen to the whirly-wheeze and whisper-hum of a used music stand and audio files will testify; this piece sounds incredible. The TD 203 continues a long history of excellence with its tonal arm, which provides easy adjustment of both its tonal overhangs and tonal tension. A high amount of craftsmanship was put into the machine, ensuring the user will enjoy years of listening enjoyment. It is compact, making it easy to transport, yet very sturdy and secure to stand on with an airtight lid.
When compared side by side with its competitors, the Thorens TD 203 performs admirably. Its main competitors are the M-Audio Fast Track Pro and the Steiner brothers C-tec 2.5/Pro. On the surface, these machines seem similar and some users have stated that they are indeed on similar levels when it comes to sound quality, but that is not entirely accurate. They each have their strengths and weaknesses. For those looking for the entry-level turntables with a tonearm that will fit right in their hand, the Thorens may be worth consideration. But, for users looking for a sound quality with more finesse and a refined build, the M-Audio Fast Track or Steiner Brothers C-tec 2.5 are the better options.
The Thorens TD 203 uses a standard DVD player style tonearm that fits easily on its belt. In addition, this style of tonearm often includes a ball bearing and comes complete with a preload lock. This helps eliminate unwanted movement within the belt area as well as improve accuracy when recording. Additionally, the preload lock prevents your tonearm from being thrown around while on the move. Other great features include an anti-skid clutch and rubber covered buttons and knobs.
On the other hand, if you are looking for a new turntable noob and want to replace the tonearm, the Thorens TD 203 comes with an easier, less detailed instruction manual than the TD-203. You can also find an easier to use belt clamp and an anti-skid design. Despite its simplified look, the Thorens still uses a ball bearing for maximum stability. This provides a smooth transition for playing and ensures that the records remain on a flat plane for years to come.
For those looking for a new turntable without a tonearm, the Thorens TD 203 is the ideal option. It includes all of the features of the TD-203, with the exception of the tonearm. The first thing you will notice is that this tonearm is not as detailed as the others. It uses a standard ball bearing construction. If you have an experience with precision equipment, you will not have a problem understanding this construction. However, you should understand that it does not offer the same level of accuracy that the other models in the Thorens line can provide.
The Thorens TD 203 turntable noob is one of the most popular products in the line and has been for many years. This is largely due to its high level of quality and excellent value. With so many options on the market, there are many more options for getting your money’s worth. The key is knowing what your needs are before spending a lot of money. If you do, then you have found yourself a great new turntable that comes with a built in DJ deck and a built-in lazarus member.
Last update on 2021-03-01 / Disclaimer: as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.