2-Speed Belt-Drive Suspended Chassis turntable available in mkI form (1972-1976), mkII (1976-1984), mkIV (1987-1988) and mkV (1988 on).
BC models where supplied with a blank tonearm board and no lift/lower device.
Despite it's moderate price, this handsome slim line integrated transcription turntable shares many of the advanced engineering features and refinements of the highly sophisticated Thorens TD-125 mark II series.
For example, the identical TP-16 tonearm and belt-driven synchronous motor used in the Thorens TD-125 mark II are incorporated in the TD-160C.
In addition, it comes complete with a walnut base and dust cover.
Here's the traditional quality and precision you have come to expect from Thorens, at a moderate price.
Similar to the LP12 in terms of neutrality, low frequency depth, eveness and ambience - HiFi Choice
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Submitted by Chris-_007
Soup these baby's up with the mods and they are fantastic. A far more affordable alternative to a LP12 and modded up will give them a good run for their money. It's great fun modding them up too.
Submitted by tnsilver
This is a classic landmark turntable, a tweaker`s heaven that will easily out perform many modern turntables as is, in it`s OEM condition. Given little care, some geometry attending and proper settings, and this little, humble, hung-suspension turntable will smoke out turntables ten times it`s price.
Almost nothing beats a properly set TD-160. It`s simple, robust and most importantly, properly designed. It`s secret is in it`s simplicity. The TD-160 accommodates a perfectly designed balance between two heavy Aluminum/Zinc alloy platters, a quiet 2 Watts everlasting motor and a simple, yet very effective spring based sub-chassis suspension system. It all works together to deliver a very charismatic, rhythmic output that doesn`t come short of anything modern in the $1500 range.
Even if the outdated looking TP-16 tonearm can easily fool the novice user, it`s a well designed and executed piece of gear and can out perform many modern `light` carbon fiber tonearms. Even the tonearm can be easily modified to reduce it`s effective mass to an SME 3009 level.
This is a little devil in disguise and you should treat it with respect. No other piece of vintage gear would give you so much for so less.
Be aware though, that a TD-160 will not sound and perform as it should - if you don`t set it up properly. The suspension system setup could be a serious nag for a novice user, but there`s almost endless amount of resources dealing with those issues on the Internet. One more issue may be finding the right cartridge for the TP-16 which is a little `heavy`. Old Shure carts, like the M95ED, vintage Stantons and classic Denons.
The entire series, including the similar TD-150 and the semi`s like the TD-145, and even the more economically constructed TD-165 and TD-166 are more or less equally wonderful.
The bottom line: This is one amazing turntable!
Submitted by Indiansprings
Craigslist special. Stock from the orig. owner. Never had the bottom cover off it. It sounds real good. looks great and is a nice deck.
I am going thru it and giving it a complete overhaul. Going to make it a 10...
Submitted by chaskelljr1963
When I started upon my journey to get into Vinyl for the first time, and started doing so after settling onto a Phono Stage (my Adcom GFP-750 does not have one built-in.... and it ended up being a PS Audio GCPH (unmodded)), I started out at looking at Turntables from the following manufacturers (exact Model Numbers to follow):
(01). Music Hall (MMF-5.1)
(02). Project Audio (RPM-5.1)
(03). Rega (P3-24)
And as a last resort (before I waked up and knew better):
(04). Technics (SL-1200 MkII)(when they were still available at sensible prices.... I may have missed out on owning this gem, but I have a gem of my own which I will mention next.... I guess the reason was that I did not want a DJ's Turntable in my Audiophile Rig, and I was hung up about having a Direct-Drive Table in my rig. So much for my ignorance (please forgive me). With some mods done to it, the Technics SL-1200 is a decent and respectable High-End Table... so my ignorant thinking has cause me to lose out on this one.... but my loss is your gain, right??? Well, not exactly).
And then, this thought hit me. Why don't I look at e-Bay and see what they have available as a used vintage table, and thought that a vintage table may be the best thing for me.
If you shop around carefully, you can get a still get a quality table at a sensible price (and only if you're willing to put up the fact that this table maybe 30+ years old). But make sure that you get one that is in decent shape to start out with, that way, if you should have a desire to renovate it and have it modded later on, then a table that is in decent shape to begin with should make renovations and modifications go a LOT smoother.
And then, that's what has brought me to THIS table:
(05). Thorens (TD-160)(this is the one I ended up buying)
My description of this table is everything that Chris-_007 and JaS has said about it, and a lot more.
It has great bones to be an older table, parts are still available (belts to name one.... and other parts are also available as needed.... I recommend getting modified or looked at throughly at a place in New Hampshire (I believe) named Vinyl Nirvana, and speak with Dave when you do.... he's a great guy to talk to when comes to tables, and he knows his stuff).
The Thorens TD-160 checks all of my boxes for what I am looking for in a table for right now, and I am envisioning what it will become once the renovations and modifications are complete. This is probably the ONE AND ONLY table I will EVER buy. EVER!!!!
Currently, I am saving up for a Jelco SA-750D Arm (looking for a 9-Inch Version) and plan to mount either an Ortofon 2M Blue or a Sumiko Blue Point Special EVO III on it when it is all said and done.
Stay Tuned For Updates...
Submitted by capten
Submitted by ocoupy
Du pur classique, une trÃ¨s belle danseuse...
Submitted by desertdog
Good basic belt drive turntable, will run for years when serviced as needed. the standard arm supplied is no way up to the same mark as turntable.
Submitted by anmpr1
Overall my Thorens is built well, however it is a bit finicky to set up. On solid wood raised floors it's a mess, as walking causes the sub-deck to wobble. With concrete slab construction it would probably be better. The suspension can be tightened up, but then you wind up with no suspension. The main platter rings, but this can be easily fixed with damping material. Unfortunately, my example has a disabling fault--loose tonearm bearings in the TP-16 arm--I've seen other examples with the same defect, so I presume that this was a design feature. The arm itself seems to be on the lower mass side, and therefore suitable for a wide range of MM cartridges. So, if you can find an example with good, tight arm bearings, and mostly use higher compliance MM cartridges, and can suitably isolate the deck, it should be OK.