When replacing the Thorens TD 160 dust cover the best one is the original or the nearest facsimile available. It is an excellent design -. user friendly, very satisfying action and the weight allows it to move smoothly – even when the record it playing.
The TD 160 dust cover makes it easy to maintain good habits around your vinyl.
The three common types are injection mould, butt joints or, the much more expensive – but very desirable mitre fold joints. They are all equally strong and durable.
The Original Thorens TD 160 dust cover is an injection mould styrene with a smokey brown tint – the tint is an artefact of the process. It doesn’t present the turntable as well as a clear one, which, because of its iconic design is a bit of disappointment. Forty years of scuffing makes it semi-opaque Because of its size new TD 160 dust covers would be too expensive to injection mould, so that’s not going to happen.
The upside is that clear acrylic looks much better and presents the turntable in manner more appropriate. Both butt jointed and mitre joints can be made from clear acrylic. The butt joint has a rougher appearance because the end grain is exposed. This is unfortunate because it is the corner that catch the light and your eye.
These are finally crafted from a single sheet of acrylic that is folded to make a seamless, polished edges all around. The mitre fold acrylic looks and feels much better. How it looks and feels might seem frivolous but the more you like it the more you’ll use it.
There are two tribes of dust cover users – the Set On and Hinge.
The Set On doesn’t have a hinge so you remove it at the beginning of the playing session and you don’t replace it until the end of your listening session. Most serious audiophiles are in this camp. The rational is that the dust cover is like having a sail on turntable, not catching wind but vibrations from the speakers which is transmits back to the turntable and stylus. Having tuned your sound system to eliminate unwanted resonance and vibrations it doesn’t make sense to invite them back with a big resonating box on sitting on the turntable. It is just not a good idea.
The Hinge tribe are equally rational and amongst them are a good number of audiophiles who reject the resonance argument. Their priority is in protecting the vinyl from opportunistic dust particles drawn to the vinyl surface and then ploughed into the groves to produce the irritating crackle and pop – that nearly killed off vinyl.
Ye’s pays your money and take your choice.
The Thorens TD 160 dust cover, like all good dust covers allows you to do both.