Newsletter 1-2009

Dear Friends of Thorens,

Not long now until Europe's largest hi-fi show: from May 21st, Munich's High End 2009 will be open to visitors from all over the world. This year's event will see Thorens not only host an extensive stand but present a whole new generation of turntables. The first model in the new series will demonstrate that analogue technology is not going to stop pushing the envelope for a long time yet.

I look forward to your visit to our booth!

Sincerely yours,

Heinz Rohrer (CEO)

Contents 1-2009

  • Thorens at High End 2009
  • New TD 235 now available
  • TD 550 wins 2009 readers' polls
  • Recommended reading: "The Fascination of a Living Legend"
  • What the press say (reviews and awards)

Thorens at High End 2009

Experience the fascination of Thorens at Europe's largest Hi-Fi show, held in Munich. Under the motto "Sources of the Future", Thorens will be presenting high-end source and reproduction equipment jointly with German computer and audio specialist Higoto/ Our stand will feature a listening room created for the occasion by acoustics specialists W-Vier.

High End 2009, Munich
May 21-24, 2009
(May 21st trade visitors only)

Meet us at booth G04 - H09, hall 4.

For tickets and more information please visit

New TD 235 now available

The new TD 235 is a plug-and-play semi-automatic turntable that is ideal for newcomers to high-end audio, offering as it does excellent value for money. It uses a classic belt drive with a sub-platter as well as the new Thorens TP 19-1 tonearm and an Ortofon cartridge.

The TD 235 is available in black and silver.

Further information about the TD 235 will soon appear on

TD 550 wins 2009 readers' polls

The TD 550 high-end turntable has been voted turntable of the year 2009 by the readers of German hi-fi magazines Audio and Stereoplay. Stereoplay readers also voted the TD 550 their favourite in 2008.

The TEP 3800 preamplifier came second in its category.

Further information on the readers' polls of Audio and Stereoplay.

Recommended reading: "The Fascination of a Living Legend"

This book is a must for dedicated Thorens fans and anyone else interested in past Thorens models and the brand's development over the course of the 20th century.
Illustrating the wide range of Thorens products made between 1883 and 2000 and charting their technical evolution, author Gerhard Weichler gives a comprehensive overview of the brand's impressive history.

„Thorens – The Fascination of a Living Legend“
Hardback, 180 pages, full colour, text in English and German
ISBN 3-931741-19-2

The book is available in specialist book shops or from Thorens Distributors.

What the press say

For further independent reviews and additional information on awards please visit

Turntable TD 550:

-    Review in Hi-Fi World, February 2009 (UK)
-    Audio Excellence Award 2009 (JP)
-    Winner of 2009 Audio readers' poll (DE)
-    Winner of 2009 Stereoplay readers' poll (DE)
-    Review in Audio Review 297, 2009 (IT)

Turntable TD 160 HD:

-    Review in Audio Magazin 4/2009 (DE)
-    Review in Tone Audio Issue 16, 2008 (USA)

Turntable TD 700:

-    Review in Hi-Fi Choice, January 2009 (UK)
-    Upcoming: Review in "Hi-Fi World", June 2009 (UK)