Learning from the Award Winner
THORENS® launches two models alongside the award-winning TD 309 turntable: the
TD 206 and TD 209. Both models are set at a considerably lower price point than their
senior sibling and aimed at newcomers seeking highest build and sound quality.
At the HIGH END trade show in Munich, THORENS® will be launching the TD 206 and
TD 209, two fully featured plug-and-play turntables for ambitious newcomers.
Installation is quick and easy: getting the deck set up and playing the first bars of music
from a spinning record is a matter of minutes. Both models come with a pre-installed tonearm
complete with a high-quality MM pick-up cartridge, interconnects and even a spirit
level and a stylus balance. Both models, including the THORENS® TP 90 tonearm, are
manufactured in Germany.
The TD 206 and TD 209 share a number of features with the multi-award-winning
THORENS® TD 309, named European Turntable of the Year by the EISA jury of experts.
The new models borrow crucial elements such as the drive unit and the bearing damping
from their older sibling. The TD 209 also takes styling cues from the uniquely shaped
TD 309, while the TD 206 follows classic rectangular designs and includes a dust cover.
Available from June in red, white or black, both turntables will cost 998 euros (RRP).
THORENS® CEO Heinz Rohrer comments: You wont be able to hear the true quality of
vinyl with cheaply made turntables. Many of the products on offer in that price bracket are
bad compromises. On the other hand, theres no sense in building ultra-expensive turntables
that will cater only to a handful of well-heeled buyers. Our target group is the middle
ground: music lovers who are knowledgeable and ambitious, but not blessed with limitless
financial resources and instead, perhaps, blessed with an insatiable hunger for records.
We want to thrill newcomers and entice those returning to this hobby to retrieve their record
collection from the loft. Vinyl records are not relics. They capture the sound of the
truth. Delivering this message was our motive in developing the TD 206 and the TD 209.
TD 206 / TD 209 Technical Details
servo-controlled, silent-running DC motor
adjustable belt tension for optimal drive force
two-part aluminium/acrylic platter
new TP 90 tonearm with Japanese precision bearings
adjustable VTA, azimuth and overhang
Made in Germany
Plinth. Both the TD 206 and TD 209 plinths are precision-
cut from a single piece of MDF, a material that offers
excellent acoustic properties and can be machined
to very tight tolerances even in mass production environments.
The three feet can be conveniently adjusted
from above to ensure level and secure positioning.
Platter. The platter is made from two layers of materials, chosen for their different resonant
characteristics. The lower layer consists of damped aluminium, the second layer of
black acrylic. A thin coated paperboard between the two layers decouples them from one
Drive Unit. The drive unit is borrowed from the TD 309. It allows you to adjust the belt tension
and fine-tune the platter speed. The servo-controlled DC motor drives the sub-platter,
which is made from high-grade plastic, via a specially developed THORENS® flat belt.
Tonearm TP 90. The new TP 90 tonearm is based on the tried-and-tested TP 92 included
with the award-winning TD 309. Like the TP 92, the TP 90 uses an ultra-low-friction, highperformance
bearing as well as an arm tube that is made from rolled aluminium and
damped using RMR (Reduced Modal Resonance) technology. The shape of the headshell
ensures that the pick-up cartridges centre of gravity is always directly underneath the
tonearm tube, thus preventing torsional vibrations. The anti-skating force is provided by
two ferrite magnets, avoiding any friction. Overhang can be adjusted either by sliding the
headshell into the desired position on the tube or by adjusting the entire tube in the bearing
block. VTA can be adjusted with the help of spacers.
Finishes. Both models are available in red, white or black lacquer.
Pricing. The recommended retail price (Germany) for the TD 206 / TD 209 is 998 euros
(incl. 19% VAT) each complete with tonearm, cartridge and accessories.