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Thorens TD280

2-Speed Semi-Automatic Belt-Drive Turntable

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fitted with TP-28 pick-up arm

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Thorens TD280


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%

Rumble: -70dB

Tonearm effective length: 232mm

Effective mass: 12.5g

Overhang: 16.4mm

Offset angle: 23 degrees

Dimensions: 440 x 135 x 355mm

Weight: 7.5kg


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


flyer  English

Exclusiv instruction/owners manual  English Deutsch Francais

Exclusiv protractor  English Deutsch Francais

Exclusiv service manual  English Deutsch

mkI instruction/owners manual  English Deutsch Francais

mkII instruction/owners manual  English Deutsch Francais

mkII protractor  English Deutsch Francais

mkII service manual  English Deutsch

mkIV instruction/owners manual  English Deutsch Francais - astagumby

mkIV service manual  English Deutsch - nickocaudieus

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Thorens 280 MkIV owners Manual

I bought a used 280 MKIV. I love the table, but would like to find a copy of the owners manual so that I can make the proper adjustments. Does someone have one available?

Bernard Hyman

Thorens TD280mkIV

Motor stopped turning, service not available at plausible price, need to find schematics, service manual etc. Have service manual for for TD280mkII, but it has 16 pole rather than 24 pole motor. Does anyone know if the test voltages on the mkII schematic would be valid for the mkIV? Mostly I'm trying to figure out if motor is blown, or if might just be some electronic bit on the circuit board. The motor vibrates when powered up, but doesn't turn, even w/ help.
Thanks very much

280 MK IV

Wanted: Manuals etc. for the MK 4 version.

manual for MK4

Dear Coltazz I'm trying to fix an MKIV also, can't find manual or schematic, but did buy a service manual for thorens for an mkII, the schematic seems to correspond pretty well to the circuit board in the mkIV. Happy to email you a copy if it might help.

Thorens 280 mkiv

Did you ever get a copy of the owners manual. I have a mk iv and could use the document.

Hi aglindh Everything works

Hi aglindh

Everything works but what I miss, is a manual for setting up the tonearm TP35 properly. But thanks anyway.