The Thorens TD 203 is a high quality out of the box solution. The turntable comes fully assembled and is factory-set. It takes no more than five minutes from opening the box to playing music from a vinyl record. The Thorens TD 203 leaves aficionados room to fine-tune and adjust the performance to their personal preferences. The tonearm, for example, offers facilities to adjust azimuth and overhang. The pick-up cartridge can be easily changed in a matter of minutes. The scope of delivery includes a specially designed transparent Perspex dust cover.
The Thorens TD 203 is a belt-driven turntable, with a flat belt around the sub-platter hidden within, rather than wrapped around the platter itself. The speed change is electronic, with a switch front left to move between 33⅓ and 45rpm, where some other decks require you to rip off the whole platter or at least don white gloves to shift the belt from one pulley to another. Electronic speed change seems such a simple thing, but it’s a luxury at this price level, and a most welcome one.
Tonearm & Cartridge
The Thorens TD 203 Turntable comes mounted with the Thorens TP 82 Tonearm. The TP 82 Tonearm is a uni-pivot design - a first in this class. The TP 82's bearing is a carbide tip resting within an intricate arrangement of five very small bearing balls. The arm tube is made from rolled aluminum. The anti-sakting bias is provided by a small weight. The tonearm comes pre-installed with the Thorens TAS 257 cartridge, a high-quality moving-magnet pick-up suitable for all Moving Magnet (MM) phono inputs.
- Low noise, low voltage electronically controlled DC motor
- Adjustable belt tension
- Adjustable platter speed
- Tonearm adjustable for azimuth an overhang