The compelling reason to buy any Thorens turntable is that it is a classic. A classic may not be recognised for years, decades or even centuries but a classic is a classic the day it is made. A classic machine has all the allure of a work of art. It differs only in that it was made for use. Thorens turntables are rare because very few machines survive obsolescence and fewer indeed deify it. The reason to buy one, now, is that they are very undervalued but will not remain so. You simply can’t go wrong.
Suspended sub chassis turntables are very expensive to built which is why these vintage Thorens turntables are highly valued by vinyl aficionados. The TD 165 is the entry level to suspended sub chassis turntables delivering a sonic experience way beyond contemporary turntable at the same price.
It comes with a guarantee on parts and labour and, provided there is no damage you can return after 30 days.
Our restored TD 165 is extraordinary value because it is substantially the same as the Electric Warrior TD 160. We use the same upgrade parts, sonic treatments and polishing techniques. Their sustainability is underwritten by our commitment to supporting them into the future and by the growing number independent parts manufactures and repair shops that specialise in them. They are easy to maintain, upgrade and fix so, our video tutorials will enable you to make any adjustments or upgrades you desire.
The TD 160 and TD 165 came at the same time, with the td 165 hitting a lower price point. They are exactly the same size. They both have two speeds the support the same headshell. The performance is similar. The main differences is the the inner platter on the td 165 is composite with a 7mm platter bearing, the TD 160 has a metal platter and 10mm bearing. They have different tone arms and motors but they perform about the same.
The cosmetic differences are more telling. Some of the parts on the TD 165 are inferior and don’t wear as well. These parts include the knobs which are all plastic on the 165, metal and plastic on the td160, the main cosmetic difference is that the top plates on the TD 160 have a more durable finish.