Two Speed Semi Automatic Belt Drive Turntable fitted with TP-28 pick-up arm
The Thorens TD-280 is a high performance turntable for the audiophile on a budget.
The two speed turntable with the TP-28 tonearm offers excellent isolation from vibrations and is capable of retrieving analogue signals with great accuracy.
The precision parts used throughout ensure long term, trouble free operation.
Drive method: one step belt drive
Motor: low voltage, 24-pole synchronous motor
Speeds: 33 and 45rpm
Speed control: 2 phase generator
Platter: 1.2kg, 300mm, zinc alloy, dynamically balanced
Wow and flutter: 0.045%
Tonearm effective length: 232mm
Effective mass: 12.5g
Offset angle: 23 degrees
Dimensions: 440 x 135 x 355mm
Legendary Thorens build quality on the cheap - slightly unsubtle sound but eminently liveable with and very good value - TD 280 mkII £190 HiFi Choice 1992
This semi-auto smoothie is not the most exciting with rock, but sounds composed with classical material - What HiFi
mkIV instruction/owners manual (en, de, fr) - astagumby
mkIV service manual (en, de) - nickocaudieus
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This Thorens is a keeper. I have had my Thorens TD280 MkII for many years and for many years it has given me flawless listening pleasure. The simple auto lift at the end of a record is great. The tonearm is fairly versatile and can take quite a wide range of different compliance cartridges. At the moment I am running a AT95e on the table and it works great with the arm. If you are looking for a vinyl experience on a budget then do not overlook this Thorens table. It might not have some of the romanticism of earlier glory day Thorens tables but its performance will easily outperform modern budget tables that you get today.
9/10 by turntablejunkie