The Thorens TD 190-2 turntable is the big brother of the TD 170-1. The plinth and platter have more mass, which in combination with the electronically controlled DC motor enhances the silent running as well as the sound. As a result, the Thorens TD 190-2 turntable is an excellent choice whether you prefer the delicate sound of a violin, the driving force of rock and roll, or deep bass common in club music.
The chassis of the TD 190-2 doesn’t differ much from its smaller cousin, the TD 170-1. It is simple, robust and overall very clean. Since it has some weight to it, TD-190-2 will sit comfortably on just about any surface. In terms of colors, there aren’t really many choices to ponder on. They offer either black or silver structured enamel finish, which fits the whole vintage look very well. This is the type of turntable that will fit in your interior design no matter how modern or classic it is. With that said, the Thorens TD 190-2 is not all about looks. The build quality is impressive.
One of the things TD series of turntables is known for is their fully automatic nature. In this sense, TD 190-2 is the most robust model Thorens offers. Both the plinth and the platter are much heavier compared to the TD 170-1, meaning that you can listen to various genres of music and not worry about sound issues. They have kept the electronically controlled DC motor paired with a flat belt drive, thus ensuring smooth operation. The tonearm is a bit more complex as well, being a modular design instead of the standard mono-block. This way you can fit any cartridge you like if the factory one doesn’t suit your taste. Speaking of cartridges, the one that arrives with the unit is Ortofon OM10.
When you pop your favorite record on, the first thing you will notice is how good this thing sounds. As soon as the stylus hits the vinyl, you will instantly forget that it’s a mid-range auto turntable. That heavy platter does wonders in terms of smoothness and consistency.